Mu­si­cal leg­end Fateh re­turns to SA

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Gauteng News - TNA RE­PORTER

MU­SI­CAL leg­end Us­tad Ra­hat Fateh Ali Khan, who is set to rock his fans when he re­turn to South Africa to per­form in Jo­han­nes­burg and Dur­ban, he said he has fond mem­o­ries of the coun­try es­pe­cially Cape Town.

In a mes­sage to his South African fans ahead of his tour, Fateh whose mu­sic car­ries a mes­sage of love, peace and spir­i­tu­al­ism, promised them “a real treat”.

Speak­ing of his pro­fes­sional highs and lows, he told The New Age: “Ev­ery ca­reer is like sea waves but I have been for­tu­nate and hav­ing a team and man­age­ment like the one I have is a huge plus as they are de­voted to me and our group.”

As one of the most pop­u­lar Bol­ly­wood play­back singers for three decades, he has re­leased more than 50 ti­tle tracks for TV se­ri­als, more than 100 film songs and has re­leased dozens of orig­i­nal chart-top­ping hits.

His mu­sic has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tions of lis­ten­ers as far as the West, with Ra­hat con­tribut­ing to the sound­track of the 1995 Hol­ly­wood block­buster, Dead Man Walk­ing. He also worked on the sound­track of The Four Feath­ers, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Amer­i­can com­poser, James Horner. In 2011, his vo­cals were fea­tured on the sound­track of Mel Gib­son’s Apoca­lypto.

Hav­ing grown up in a mu­si­cal fam­ily in Pak­istan, whose hearts and souls were em­bed­ded in mu­si­cal tra­di­tion, Ra­hat is well-known for his Qawwali mu­sic and also per­forms ghaz­als and other light mu­sic.

Qawwali mu­sic is the ex­plo­sive de­vo­tional mu­sic of the Su­fis of Pak­istan and the In­dian sub­con­t­nent.

It orig­i­nated in the 10th cen­tury as a blend of Per­sian and cen­tral Asian po­etic, philo­soph­i­cal and re­li­gious el­e­ments with North In­dian mu­si­cal ex­pres­sion.

Ra­hat was tu­tored by his un­cle and fa­ther from the age of three and per­formed for the first time at the age of nine.

He will per­form at the Dur­ban ICC on Fri­day and Cen­tre Court, Em­per­ors Palace, Jo­han­nes­burg on Satur­day. – 701198

REAL TREAT: Bol­ly­wood singer Us­tad Ra­hat Fateh Ali Khan is re­turn­ing to South Africa to per­form in Jo­han­nes­burg and Dur­ban.

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