Trib­ute to a qawwali mae­stro

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Music - By MICHAEL CHEANG en­ter­tain­ment@thes­

PETER Cetera clearly loves Malaysia. We can see why – we’re a hard habit to break.

Still, it’s hard for us to say sorry, es­pe­cially when Cetera de­cides to stay the night.

The for­mer lead singer of Chicago will be re­turn­ing for a show at the Mega Star Arena, Kuala Lumpur on Sept 6, 8pm.

It is part of Cetera’s South-East Asia tour, which also fea­tures Manila and Sin­ga­pore.

Cetera was pre­vi­ously here for the David Fos­ter & Friends Asia Tour 2015 con­cert in Gent­ing, but this time around, the stage will be all his as he de­liv­ers an in­ti­mate show ac­com­pa­nied by a seven-piece band.

The 72-year-old was the lead singer for Chicago from 1968 to 1985, and is RA­HAT Fateh Ali Khan, the much­her­alded qawwali and play­back singer, is set to roll out a con­cert at the Ple­nary Hall, KL Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Aug 6.

Fans can look for­ward to a spe­cial three-hour per­for­mance in which Ra­hat will present a setlist of his own mu­sic as well as a heart­felt trib­ute to the late qawwali mae­stro Nus­rat Fateh Ali Khan, his dis­tin­guished un­cle and mu­sic tu­tor.

Ra­hat, who last played in KL in the voice be­hind many of the band’s great­est hits, in­clud­ing Hard To Say I’m Sorry, Love Me To­mor­row, Stay The Night, Hard Habit To Break and You’re The In­spi­ra­tion.

Cetera also en­joyed a fruit­ful solo ca­reer af­ter leav­ing Chicago in 1985 – though his de­but solo al­bum, 1981’s Peter Cetera, flopped. But the fol­low-up, Soli­tude/Soli­taire pro­duced two No. 1 sin­gles – The Next Time I Fall, a duet with Amy Grant, and Glory Of Love.

Fea­tured on the sound­track for The Karate Kid II, Glory Of Love topped the US Bill­board Top 100 chart for two weeks in 1986.

The song also got Cetera nom­i­na­tions for Best Pop Vo­cal Per­for­mance (Male) at the 1987 Grammy Awards and Best Orig­i­nal Song at the Academy Awards.

Tick­ets for his Malaysian con­cert are priced at RM688, RM598, RM488 and RM350 and are avail­able at www. Asi­aBoxOf­ 2013, is re­garded as the keeper of the flame when it comes to Nus­rat’s im­mense legacy. This con­cert is part of his spe­cial “Trib­ute Tour” where he will per­form the mu­sic of Nus­rat to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of his death.

Ra­hat, 43, comes from a fam­ily of mu­si­cians in Pak­istan and started singing at the age of eight. He has worked on the sound­tracks of over 100 Bol­ly­wood films, win­ning mul­ti­ple awards in In­dia, Pak­istan, Bri­tain and Asia.

As a di­verse mu­si­cian, Ra­hat can pride him­self with some out­stand­ing qawwali re­leases (2001’s Ra­hat and 2009’s Nazrana-e-Aqee­dat and Koi Umeed), as well as some pop­u­lar and award-win­ning Bol­ly­wood hits from films such as Sul­tan, Da­bangg, My Name Is Khan, Son Of Sar­dar and more. His vo­cals were also fea­tured on the sound­track from Mel Gibson’s Apoca­lypto.

Tick­ets are priced from RM188 on­wards. To pur­chase, visit

Ra­hat will be per­form­ing at the Ple­nary Hall, KL Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Aug 6. — Hand­out

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