Aug 16 2011

“These men do not play music, they are music itself” says Jeff Buckley about Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Posted by Knonie
Jeff Buckley, the renowned musician, was a great admirer of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Unfortunately, we lost both of these artists in 1997. Jeff has written the liner notes for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s album “The Supreme Collection, Vol. 1”  released in 1997. That album was released after Jeff’s accidental death and before Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan passed away. The actual text by Jeff follows below which shows how a musician describes Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

“The first time I heard the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was in Harlem, 1990. My roommate and I stood there, blasting it in his room. We were all awash in the thick undulating tide of dark punjabi tabla rhythyms, spiked with synchronized handclaps booming from above and below in hard, perfect time.

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - © Ayaz Jokhio
I heard the clarion call of harmoniums dancing the antique melody around like giant, singing wooden spiders. Then all of a sudden, the rising of one, then ten voices hovering over the tonic like a flock of geese ascending into formation across the sky.

Then came the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Part Buddha, part demon, part mad angel… his voice is velvet fire, simply incomparable. Nusrat’s blending of classical improvisations to the art of Qawwali, combined with his out and out daredevil style and his sensitivity, outs him in a category all his own, above all others in his field. Continue reading