25 Facts About Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died of natural causes accelerated by general ill health and exhaustion brought on by continuous world touring.

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2. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan has made numerous recordings over the years, with titles now numbering more than 100.

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3. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan understandably decries this long-standing commercialization of a sacred art form.

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4. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan began performing at shrines and in villages where he would sometimes sing through the whole day or night in religious celebration.

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5. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan worked with a number of internationally recognized figures in popular and art music.

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6. In 1964, when Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was just 16 years old his father tragically died.

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7. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan should at least respect my religious songs.

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8. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan said "he has taken my devotional song Allahu and converted it into I love you.

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9. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performed qawwali, which means wise or philosophical utterance, as nobody else of his generation did.

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10. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is often credited as one of the progenitors of "world music".

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11. In 2008, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was listed in 14th position in UGO's list of the best singers of all time.

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12. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan appeared on NPR's 50 great voices list in 2010.

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13. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's is survived by their daughter Nida Khan.

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14. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital on 16 August 1997, aged 48.

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15. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died very shortly prior to the movie's release.

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16. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan contributed songs to, and performed in, several Pakistani films.

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17. In 1988, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan teamed up with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ, which led to Khan being signed to Gabriel's Real World label.

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18. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York in 1989, earning him admiration from the American audience.

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19. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performed in Paris in 1985 and 1988.

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20. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan began by learning the tabla before moving on to vocals.

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21. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan had his heart set on Nusrat choosing a much more respectable career path and becoming a doctor or engineer because he felt Qawwali artists had low social status.

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22. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the fifth child and first son of Fateh Ali Khan, a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and qawwal.

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23. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan toured extensively, performing in over 40 countries.

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24. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan went on to release movie scores and albums in Europe, India, Japan, Pakistan and the US He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists, becoming a well-known world music artist.

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25. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan became the head of the family qawwali party in 1971.

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