Jazz meets Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Posted on July 22, 2006
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I am not sure how ATP readers will react to this, but let me say that I have been totally mesmerized by this music and have had it on auto-repeat play for the last three days.

But, first let me thank Zeeshan Suhail, on whose blog I found this wonderful fusion/jazz band called Brook’s Qawwali Party (BQP).

BQP produces a captivating sound based on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s classic works and turn it into a unique and peculiar fusion of sufi qawalli rhythyms and jazz. But I will let them explain what they and their music is about. According to the BQP webpage (since unavailable):

What would happen if New York jazz musicians were to play and improvise around the melodies of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? From this idea, Brook’s Qawwali Party was born. BQP consists of fourteen musicians: five horns, three percussionists, guitar, acoustic bass, harmonium and three designated clappers. The exuberant sound of BQP has been enthusiastically welcomed in New York City and across the globe.

According to Sepia Mutiny “Brook’s Qawwali Party is … made up of non-desi Brooklynites who get together in Park Slope… [they are] probably one of the only Sufi bands with Jewish members in existence.”

Of the half dozen audio clips that I have heard, my favorite is ‘Beh Haadh Ramza Dhasdha’ (He Manifests Himself in Many Forms)

I am a big fan of the original by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (in the album Shahbaaz) — I believe it is a tribute to Mansoor Hallaj shouting Ana al Haqq, even as he is executed on the gallows.

The BQP version has a very different quality to it and in the beginning I could not pin it down. But as I hear it again and again it seems to me that because they are using horns, their version has a shaadi waala band sound to it (I say this as a compliment because I am a huge fan of shaadi waala brass bands).

Anyhow, do listen and make up your own mind.

Of the other clips on their site, I also like Tou Kareemi very much. It again has that interplay of horns that reminds me of a good military band playing at a shaadi. Both of these are rather ‘fast’ numbers. If you are looking for mellower sounds you should try their rendition of Man Kuntou Moula. Their versions of Mast Mast and Allah Hou, Allah Hou are not bad but these seemed much more like instrumental versions of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s originals and, especially in the later, the chant of ‘Allah Hou’ gets a little too Americanized in accent for my taste.

(UPDATE: The clips I had first written about are no longer available. Here are some newer YouTube renditions:

23 responses to “Jazz meets Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”

  1. Mo says:

    Well do right away

  2. Nominate Nusrat on National Public Radio befor 16th October.
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?story Id=113301632

    Nomination Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was the ‘King’ of Eastern music. His vocal talents was admired by the likes of Peter Gabriel and Michael Brook.
    Nusrat dominated the East West fusion music till his death in1997.



    Dil Nawaz

  3. Nasir says:

    Dear Fans

    i am looking for a Kawali/song ( tu agar baii Nakab ho ja ee, tou zindagee sharab ho ja ee ) of Nusrat Fateh ali khan…
    i am really trying to find it on net… but all my tries are going invain…. you fans are last hope… as i heard this song only once…
    hope to hear from you… please reply me at ” shrive_@hotmail.com
    will be very obliged

  4. Mian Azeem says:

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    We are introducing you our world’s famous Qawwali Artist by the name of Rizwan Muazzam Ali Khan Qawwali group (Nephew of ustad nusrat fateh Ali khan)

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  5. Rafay Kashmiri says:

    East is East, West is West, but the music is something
    else ? perhaps not, Jazz is as pure as Qawwali, as it is
    pure human expressions with the inner etat d’ame not
    completely exposed in any language is not sufficient,

    Qawwali has many things to state, technique, maqaam,
    with its classical structure, but the charme of Jazz is
    a unique Western expression of sprituality, clean, pure
    and melodious with a crude approach to the inner of a
    meloman. The poetry in Qawwali could be overdone as it
    has been taken relentlessly towrads legert

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