Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
World Music Portraits:
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Shanachie, 2004)
This is an depth documentary about the life of the late Qawwali legend
Fateh Ali Khan. The film was shot by Jerome De Missolz, who traveled to
various locations to interview Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and individuals who knew him.Part of the documentary takes place in Queens (New York). Later, the crew
travels to Lahore
(Pakistan), where the Pakistani star appears in a live performance, at home
companying himself with a harmonium, and jamming. Later in the video, Peter Gabriel
gives an interview, explaining his relationship with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (he recorded several albums for Gabriel’s label). There is
also an opportunity to see
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan working with guitarist and producer Michael Brook (who
produced the popular
Mustt Mustt album).
The video also reveals the importance of
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, as an innovator. He added folk music and improvisation,
and he simplified the classical forms.
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.