10 Days, 10 Countries, 10 Songs: Day 1

This blogger spent much of his childhood in Afghanistan and Central Asia. I admire his insights into the area and hope to reblog his ’10 countries’ post each day. L.

Other Side of the Mountains

As an ethnomusicologist, one of the great joys of my life is discovering new artists performing music in different styles.

I want to share some of that joy with our readers, so each day for the next ten days, I will be posting a link to a song from a different country.

Today’s song is from Pakistan, a country near and dear to my heart.

It is by the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997). Known for his extraordinary vocal range, Khan is remembered as the king of qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music.

In his lifetime, Khan obtained fame both in Pakistan and worldwide.

Enjoy!

Cover Image from Wikimedia Commons:

Ramkishan950 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

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6 thoughts on “10 Days, 10 Countries, 10 Songs: Day 1

  1. One of my favourite artists. One of my regrets is not having had the chance to see him performing live. He died just few months before I moved there. I have about 20 cds from him.
    Thanks for sharing this blog that I did not know. Cheers!

  2. One of my favourite artists. He sadly passed away just few months before I moved to Pakistan so I did not have the chance to see him performing live. I have about 20 cds of him to keep me company.
    Thanks for sharing this blog.
    Cheers

    • Stefano…you are another great traveller of Central Asia and the Middle East for whom I admire. You have such depth of knowledge for many cultures. I am humbled that you follow this blog…thank you. L.

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