Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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pbNusrat Fateh Ali Khanb Punjabi smallShahmukhsmall October 13 1948 August 16 1997 a worldrenowned Pakistani musician was primarily a singer of Qawwali the devotional music of the Sufis a mystical tradition within Islam Considered one of the greatest singers ever recorded he possessed a sixoctave vocal range and could perform at a high level of intensity for several hours Extending the 600year old Qawwali tradition of his family Khan is widely credited with introducing Sufi music to international audiences He was popularly known as ShahenshaheQawwali meaning The King of Kings of QawwalippBorn in Faisalabad Pakistan Khan had his first public performance at age of 16 at his fathers chelum He officially became the head of the family qawwali party in 1971 and was signed by Oriental Star Agencies OSA Birmingham UK in the early 1980s In subsequent years Khan released movie scores and albums for various labels in Pakistan Europe Japan and the US He engaged in collaborations and experiments with Western artists becoming a wellknown world music artist in the process He toured extensively performing in over 40 countriesp

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