Mar 10 2008
I first encountered the amazing voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan through a fortuitous accident about seven years ago. Up until that point, I had not heard of the great master of ecstatic Muslim/Sufi music of Pakistan and India known as Qawali music. At the time I was living in Hawaii, and I wanted to purchase a gift for my wife. I noticed a music store that was going out of business, so I walked in to see if I could find an interesting CD. Most of their shelves were bare, except for some miscellaneous world music CDs. I didn’t recognize any of the names. Most would have been difficult for me to even pronounce. But the photograph of this large man seemingly glowing with “rapture” grabbed my attention. I bought it knowing nothing more. When my wife later opened her gift and we sat listening, we were spellbound. I’ve been a fan ever since.
|Rapture: An Essential Selection (Music CD)
by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Watch the following video clips for a taste of a live performance. If you are new to Qawali music, give your ear a few minutes to start to appreciate it. Feel how the music slowly builds in passion. The rhythm of the tabla drums grows more demanding, inciting the heart to race forward. The voices become more plaintive, calling out, crying out to the Beloved. Through this music, the ache for God builds and then explodes into ecstatic union.
Although the person who first posted these video clips identified this concert as “Live in Pakistan” several commentators on YouTube claim it is actually from a concert in the U.K. Wherever the concert took place, there’s no denying that it was “Live”!
I hope you enjoy!