ISLAMABAD - Renowned Pakistani musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s 65rd birthday anniversary observed on Sunday across the country.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was popularly known as Shahenshah-e-Qawwali. The legend was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad. He was a singer of Qawwali and considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded; he possessed a six-octave vocal range and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours.
He was also famous outside the Indian subcontinent and teamed up with many celebrities including Peter Gabriel (Soundtrack of The Last Temptation of Christ - 1985), Canadian musician Michael Brook (Mustt Mustt - 1990 and Night Song - 1996), and with Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder in 1995 on the soundtrack of Dead Man Walking.
One of his songs (“The Long Road”) from Dead Man Walking was re-used on the soundtrack for Eat, Pray, Love in 2010. Extending the 600-year old Qawwali tradition of his family, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is widely credited with introducing Sufi music to international audiences.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan holds the world record for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist-a total of 125 albums as of 2001.
Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on August 11, 1997 in London. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital, London, on Saturday, August 16, 1997 at the age of 48.
No artist from Pakistan has attained worldwide fame like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan did, who was born this day 65 years ago in the city of Lyallpur (now known as Faisalabad), Pakistan. He was not only a Qawwal but also a renowned Pakistani musician who is even considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded in the world.