Qawwali giant Nusrat Fateh had fan base in Japan: BBC

| BBC | 11 Sept 2015 | Asia Samachar |


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The mere mention of the name will send qawwali fans into ecstasy.

If you fit the bill, then catch the just-released 9-minute programme by the BBC World Service on the great qawwali singer, probably the best that there ever was.

BBC’s Witness captures the life and times of the Pakistani singer who died in 1997 at the age of 48, sparking a nationwide mourning in Pakistan and beyond.

Nusrat belongs to a long line qawwali singers from Faisalabad, an industrial town in central Pakistan.

He even had a fan based at Japan where he performed a packed concert, the report says.

When asked if they understood what he was singing, one participant had this to say: “We don’t understand a word he is singing…But whatever he was singing, he went straight into our hearts.” They even compared him to Buddha.

Catch the radio programme here.


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