If there is one Pakistani singer who went on to be known and acknowledged both in the East and the West then it is none other than Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Khan’s voice mesmerized people all over the world including the Americans and Europeans. Nusrat fateh ali khan is righty credited as the person who internationalize Qawwali which before him only echoed in the East particularly Indo-Pak.
Nusrat Fateh ali khan was known for his extra ordinary vocal abilities. The fact that set him apart from all was his ability to perform for several hours and that too at a very high intensity level. Once he rose to the height of fame he went on to experiment and collaborate with music artists around the world.
The year 1985 witnessed Khan being invited to perform at WOMAD festival in the city of London. He also performed in Paris in the year 1985 and then again in the year 1988.
Japan Foundation invited him in the year 1987. After that Khan went on to perform in 5th Asian Traditional Performing Art Festival in Japan.
By this time Khan had caught the attention and gained admiration of the American Universities and was invited as a visiting artist in the academic year 1992-1993 at Ethnomusicology Department University of Washington, Seattle.
He went on to collaborate with Peter Gabriel in the year 1998 for the soundtrack of “The Last Temptation of Christ”. After that there was just no stopping for Khan as the world witnessed him collaborate with Michael Brook the Canadian Music artist on 2 albums. The year 1995 again witnessed him active on international music scene and collaborate with Eddie Vedder the lead vocalist of Pearl Jam.
However, this is not all as his contributions to international music extend far beyond than the ones mentioned above as he also went onto release various albums around the world and compose music for the Indian film music industry. Apart from this he also won various international awards and titles for his music. Furthermore, Khan also went onto achieve the status of progenitors of the world music.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a true ambassador of Pakistan and though he attained the status of an international artist and global music icon yet he took utmost care to abide by the values of his country. Though he was blessed with it all fame, money along with the love and admiration of people all around the world he remained an utmost humble soul. Unfortunately, he died at a relatively young age of health complications.