Recording information: Real World Studios (03/1988).
Photographer: Dave Peabody.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the leading exponent of traditional qawwali music until his death in 1997. Developed as devotional music by the ancient Sufi poets, the qawwal often serves as a conduit between the worshipper and the Creator. This music also has a secular side to it, too, when it appears in the form of a love song, or ghazal.
This CD features both songs of praise, and songs of love and beauty. For example, "Shamas-Ud-Doha, Badar-Ud-Doja" is based thematically around the worship of Mohammed, Allah's prophet, while "Kehna Ghalat Ghalat To Chhupana Sahi Sahi" is a ghazal sung in Urdu about a hypocritical lover. Nusrat was recognized as "Shahen-Shah-e-Qawwali," which means "The Brightest Star in Qawwali." SHAHEN-SHAH confirms this assertion.