Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (October 13, 1948 - August 16, 1997), a world-renowned Pakistani musician, was primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis, a mystical offshoot of Islam. Ustad Nusrat is credited with taking this traditional musical art form to an international level and creating a new generation of Qawwali lovers both in Pakistan and around the world.
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Composition of Nusrat's Qawwali Party
The composition of Nusrat's party changed many times over the 26 years that he led the party. Two members who remained from the beginning to the end were Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and Dildar Hussain. Listed below is a snapshot of the party on an unknown date, but probably circa 1983:
- Mujahid Mubarak Ali Khan: Nusrat's first cousin, Vocals
- Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan: Nusrat's brother, Vocals and Lead Harmonium
- Rehmat Ali: Vocals and Second Harmonium
- Maqsood Hussain: Vocals
- Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Nusrat's nephew, pupil singer
- Dildar Hussain: Tabla
- Majawar Abbas: Mandolin, Guitar
- Mohammed Iqbal Naqbi: Chorus, secretary of the party
- Asad Ali: Chorus
- Ghulam Farid: Chorus
- Kaukab Ali: Chorus
The one significant member of the party who does not appear on this list is Atta Fareed. For many years, he alternated with Rehmat Ali on Vocals and Second Harmonium. He is easily identifiable in videos since he plays the harmonium left-handed.
Traditionally, Qawwali has been a family business. Nusrat's family (originally from Afghanistan) has an unbroken tradition of performing qawwali for the last 600 years. Among other honorary titles bestowed upon him, NusratFatehAliKhan was called Shahenshah-e-Qawwali, meaning The Emperor of Qawwals.