Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA – Narada Records has released The Ultimate
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Volumes 1 and 2 (Narada/Virgin Records. After
various collaborations and numerous late-career
releases come these unheard recordings of a very young Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, in
two posthumous 2-CD sets. Volume 1 includes some of the earliest-known
recordings by Nusrat, dating from 1978 to 1982. Volume 2, released a month
later, continues with more early sessions, from 1983-1984.The most celebrated Qawwal, or Sufi devotional singer, of his time, Nusrat’s
imposing image is one that has become familiar not only within circles of world
music aficionados but also within the mainstream. Singing songs of praise and
mystical devotion, Nusrat’s music is the unexpected tone in a time when music
tacks substance and meaning.
The music on these two posthumous sets contains the songs few were lucky
enough to hear during the peak of Nusrat’s musical career. Embraced and highly
respected by such musical legends as Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder of Pearl
Jam, and immortalized in such motion picture soundtracks as Natural Born
Killers, Dead Man Walking and Ghost and the Darkness, Nusrat’s music lives on
for eternity through the message of mercy he lived and died.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.