August 16th 2007 is the 10th anniversary of the loss of one of the world’s most outstanding vocalists – the great Sufi qawwal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Touched by genius, Nusrat was undoubtedly, spiritualy and technically, one of the greatest voices of his day as well as a visionary innovator who explored a new and daring contemporary musical language.
Some of Nusrat’s greatest collaborative work with Wesstern music began with Peter Gabriel’s soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s film ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ – the ground breaking score ‘Passion’. The long-standing relationship with Canadian producer/musician Michael Brook on the albums ‘Mustt Mustt’ and ‘Night Song’ introduced Nusrat’s music to another new audience. By the time he was to be heard as the key voice for the films ‘Natural Born Killers’ and ‘Dead Man Walking’ (with Eddie Vedder) he had reached the status of international superstar.
As Peter Gabriel said at the time Nusrat’s passing: “I have never heard so much spirit in a voice. Nusrat was a supreme example of how far and deep a voice can go in finding, touching and moving the soul’.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan 1948-1997