Quotes about Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan [NusratSahib.Com]

Nusrat is one of the greatest singers of our time. When his singing takes off, his voice embodies soulfullness and spirituality like no other. It has been an honour for me to work with him.

- Peter Gabriel -

Richard Henderson recently sent me a chapter of a book called Shadow Dancing in the U.S.A. by Michael Ventura, to read on the plane to New Orleans.The chapter is called Hear That Long Snake Moan. It's about the origins of rock and roll being found in the Voodoo ceremonies that were only allowed in New Orleans.Ventura frequently claims that an essential component of American music is the African concept that the physical and spiritual worlds are not separated but intersect. Heaven is not above with the earth below, and the trance experienced by intense dancing is a visit to the world of the spirit.I think much of what he says about the blues, gospel, soul, and rock and roll, applies to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Nusrat somehow reaches listeners on an emotional and spiritual level that seems to be universal.In his voice I find a kind of direct communication that seldom fails to move me deeply.

- Michael Brook -

One of the superstars of World Music, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is acknowledged as the greatest living master of Qawwali – the sacred devotional music of the Sufis which the Pakistani classical masters of the illustrious family of Khan has been developing for over six centuries. He is possessed of a voice of such incredible emotion, intensity and beauty that listeners are swept in to ecstatic heights of consciousness.

- Rob Brookman -

We look forward to every new opportunity to work together with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and party and very much hope to be able to introduce many more international audiences to the wonder of Qawwali music as expressed by him. We take this opportunity to congratulate Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his outstanding achievements in music and his diplomatic presence in the world today as outstanding cultural ambassador of Pakistan.

- Thomas Brooman, Managing & Artistic Director WOMAD -

Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his ensemble have become one of the most popular acts the WOMAD organisation (World of Music and Dance) has brought to a wider audience. Nusrat's stunning interpretation of Qawwali, Sufi devotional music origination from tenth-century Persia, has brought him rapid international acclaim.

- Paul Lashmer -

When Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sings, unsupsecting Western audiences are mesmerised. To naïve ears, Nusrat's exalted euphoric delivery of Qawwali – the uplifting devotional music of the Sufis – is new and exotic. But such terms draw a warm smile from the massive Pakistani, who can trace the origins of Qawwali through seven centuries of Muslim culture.

- David Sly, The Advertiser -

I couldn't believe my ears when I first heard Nusrat several years ago and greater familiarity with his soaring, passionate, improvisatory singing has only increased my admiration. Qawwali – the devotional music of the Sufis – at least when performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party (which includes other vocalists, tabla and harmonium) – is one of the greatest musical experiences available, whatever one's religious belief or lack thereof.

- Doug Spencer -

You will be glad to hear that Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has received the nomination (among other 8 poets) for the "Nosside" International Poetry Awards 1992" which takes place in Rome every year in December.The reason why Nusrat has received the nomination is because he has been considered a musician with a tremendous sensibility and is able to conjugate the tradition of his own country and the muscial harmonic structures of its music with the western world contemporary music.Other nominations were given to the famous poet Rafael Alberti from Spain, Italian song writer Fabbrizio de Andre, Sardinia Group Tazenda, French film maker Michel Deville, Italian poets Tonina Guerra and Andrea Zanzotto and few others.

- Gilberto Barantani (Virgin records) -

Nusrat's voice has such strength and depth that anybody who runs in to it can overcome any cultural or linguistic barrie.

- Enzo Gentile -

This is about Nusrat's show in London. I had invited Mick Jagger to the show and he said he could spare five minutes for it, as he was very busy. I told Nusrat about it and said to him, "If Mick Jagger does come, he should not go before the concert is over." And that is what happened. Mick Jagger came and stayed for three hours and lis tened to Nusrat's qawwali.This proves his greatness, and for this Nusrat has worked very hard. He has held many shows for my hospital project and it is because of the Nusrat shows that I have been able to collect funds for the project in European and American cities. Nusrat did all those shows free. He is truly a great artist.

– Imran Khan -

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has arrived in the world of art, like a mythical character, with a magic wand in his hand. He has turned everybody crazy after him , casting a spell, by waving the magic wand on the surs. The whole world – everyone is a fan of the one man. It is a unique instance in the history of the art of singing.Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is representative of that combination of the classical and the Sufic singing called Qawwali. It has a tradition of 700 years, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's art is the climax of the Qawwali. He is perhaps the last man who has done so much for Qawwali and has spread it in all directions, the world over.

- Muhammad Ali -

I certainly have a Sufi heart which was lying dormant for years, and has been revived by the genious of Khan Sahib. His art goes behind any religion as he reaches and feeds the universal soul, all human beings have in their depth.

- Pierrot Pierre Alain Baud -

I met Khan Sahib in 1991 and I am a great fan of this great artist, well known all over the world. It's an honour to be here in Pakistan and attend URS festival and be close to a man of such high calibre. ("Khan Sahib is a God sent Massiah"). At times when I am indulged (in trans = trance?) in Nusrat's Qawwlis, " I feel I am in heaven."

- Raj Jammu, Graduate School of Education -

It is most impossible to say or write anything about Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It is like trying to imprison the wind in one's grip. As one cannot tie a knot with wind so it is not possible to weave a net of words round his art.Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a living legend, an ever shining, bright star on the face of time. He is immort al and his singing is eternal. He transports his audience from the mundane to the spiritual world. His singinging is a spiritual voyage – a voyage replete with peace and an emotional, cordial (?) and visionary bliss. It is impossible to escape his speall. He is a musician who turns his charmed audience into statues .

- Firdous Jamal -

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's voice was otherworldly. For 25 years, his mystical songs transfixed millions. It was not long enough …. He performed qawali, which means wise or philosophical utterance, as nobody else of his generation did. His vocal range, talent for improvisation and sheer intensity were unsurpassed.

- Alexandra A. Seno' – Asiaweek 1997 -

There are great singers, and then there are those few voices that transcend time. The late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan could not only transcend time, but also language and religion. There was magic when he opened his mouth, a sense of holy ecstasy that was exciting and emotional. It wasn't uncommon even for Western listeners, who didn't understand a word he was singing or follow his Sufi traditions, to be moved to tears upon hearing him.

- Chris Nickson -GlobalRhythm -

'He's my elvis. I idolize Nusrat, he's a god, too'

- Jeff Buckley on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan -

His voice was a conduit to heaven.

– Aryn Baker' – TIME 2006 -

The place where my voice finishes ,nusrat used to start from that place.

- Sonu Nigam,Tribute To Nusrat -

He used to go and sit by the ocean, and watch it for hours and hours. And one day it occoured to me, that I, as a viewer, am in fact seeing two oceans, for this man himself is an ocean.

– Javed Akhtar -

Working with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the closest I got to god.
- Sekhar Kapoor  -

Listen to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahib is like - "Worship of God"

- Bintu Chaudhary -

whenever I listen to nusrat sahab I feel all pains are gone,,,he is q #legend nd legends never,he is alive in our hearts....

Umi Khan

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