Yeh Jo Halka Halka - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Yeh Jo Halka Halka – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Live at Wallace Lawly Centre Birmingham November 3rd, 1983

People constantly ask me what Nusrat and his group are doing musically. Naturally they are improvising a fair amount so it always changes. In this particular piece it is fairly obvious. As a general outline they begin in E Lydian, 40min in touches E Mixolydian, 41.30 goes to E Dorian (A harmonic minor), then to Mixolydian and finally back to Lydian. That pretty much sums the piece up, so go ahead and sing it now and let me know how it goes.

Sun Charkhe Di mithi mithi- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Sun Charkhe Di mithi mithi

Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Qaawali

Nusrat Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan young photo

A young Nusrat with his brother Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan. Farrukh is the one to Nusrat’s left playing the harmonium in the majority of concert videos of Nusrat you’ll see.

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan with Nusrat

Nusrat with his brother Farrukh to his left. Most people just talk about how extraordinary a singer Nusrat was, he was great no doubt, but what suprises me is how many overlook Farrukh’s amazing and often very understated accompaniment. Not only was he a phenomenal accompanist who could lift and inspire Nusrat’s already spectacular singing to even greater heights but he was an incredible singer himself.

Another thing most people don’t know is that Farrukh very often composed the tunes of the qawwalis sung by the party. In fact when I found out that he composed a number of tunes of Shahenshah, which has stood out to me since the day I first heard it as one of their best and most inspired recordings for numerous reasons, it wasn’t a suprise at all. Mash’Allah Harmonium Raja Sahib.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan live

Live concert by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan meme

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nusrat Saif Ul Malook image

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan with his Harmonium

Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan also known as “Harmonium Raja Sahib” (King of the Harmonium).

nusrat Saif Ul Malook graphic

nusrat khan qawwali graphic

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