Tribute to a qawwali maestro
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. AsiaBoxOffice.com. 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 airasiaredtix.com.
Rahat will be performing at the Plenary Hall, KL Convention Centre on Aug 6. — Handout