Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
£8.00 – £16.99
Released 26 July 2019
The potent relationship between Qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Canadian rock musician Michael Brook reached compelling emotional heights on this Grammy nominated sequel to Mustt Mustt. Once again the partnership tests the emotional boundaries of the human voice. It wasn’t made in Detroit or Memphis, but this truly is soul music.
Originally released in 1996, Night Song was the Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s second collaboration with the Canadian producer Michael Brook, following the success of Mustt Mustt in 1990. It was also his final work for the label before his premature death in 1997. The album was a fusion of Western and Asian musical influences, and upon its release Billboard called it “an album for the ages, solidifying Khan’s stature as one of the world’s pre-eminent singers”. Time Out called it “the best world music album… ever!” and Mojo listed the album in their Top 40 albums of 1996.
The great – and ridiculously prolific – Pakistani qawwali singer had already recorded half a dozen albums for Real World when he delivered this peach in 1996. Effectively the sequel to 1990’s classic Mustt Mustt, Nusrat is here reunited with the Canadian musician/producer Michael Brook and once again the partnership tests the emotional boundaries of the human voice. Timeless, state-less and, nearly two decades on, ageless. It wasn’t made in Detroit or Memphis, but this truly is soul music.
A quite sensational slow-burner of an album…
…Nusrats incredible vocal control and gift for wending his way round an evocative melody is bolstered by Brooks sensitive ambient, gently beat-based arrangements … no-one deserves the extra exposure more than this peerless singer.
The Guardian (UK)
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A work of great beauty…
…an album for the ages, defying genre and solidifying Khans stature as one of the worlds pre-eminent singers.