Musical legend Fateh returns to SA
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.