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Monday, December 17, 2001
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The immortal music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who passed away on August 16, 1997, is no more amongst us but has immortalised himself with some hummable classical music-based songs. This internationally recognised musician was born on July 12,1948, at Lyallpur (later renamed Faisalabad) in a family that had developed the art of qawwali for more than six centuries. He made his first recording in 1973 in Pakistan and recorded a number of albums with his Uncle Mubarak Ali Khan. Considered by many as having the most mellifluous voice in the world, he gained recognition in the West after collaborating with popular rock musicians Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan took Islamic music to an unbelievably wide international audience. Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan once said:

"When I sing for God, I feel myself in accord with God, and the house of God, Mecca, is right in front of me. And I worship. When I sing for Mohammed, peace be upon him, our Prophet, I feel like I am sitting right next to his tomb, Medina, and paying him respect and admitting to myself that I accept his message." His official Web site is www.nfak.com



This is probably the biggest resource of songs sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. We can't find the songs on single page. Songs have been kept according to the type of the song. For listening Qawwali, click audio channels from the index page and then qawwalis link. This would take the surfer to the page where a list of the qawwalis could be seen. Other pages where we can see the list of songs sung by him are audio > Pakistani music > remix. All songs are available in Real Player format. However, the site does not support download of the file.


Not many songs to choose from, but they are available in the MP3 format. Afreen Afreen and its remixed version are also there. Many more songs are also available in MP3 format. Songs are alphabetically arranged. Songs sung by Sajjad Ali, Shazia Manzoor and more Pakistani singers are also available for free download.


More than 80 songs are online on site. Mandeep Singh has made the site in the memory of this great singer. All the songs are available in Real Media format. Though all links of the songs are not working but the collection of songs is good. Almost all popular songs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are available. More Real Media songs are available at www.apnaorg.com/music/nusrat. This site is made by Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA), a non-communal and non-political organisation. Here we can find many Punjabi songs and qawwalis sung by the master.

- Amit Puri