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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Remixed)

Without doubt the most important qawwal is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party -- "Party" is a generic term for a qawwali ensemble but is also used in Sikhism and to describe some classical music ensembles, for example, shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan & Party. Dubbed Shahen-Shah-e-Qawwali (the Brightest Star in Qawwali), he was born on October 13, 1948, in Lyallpur in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. He made his first recording in 1973 in Pakistan and a number of early EMI (Pakistan) albums jointly billed him with his uncle Mubarak Ali Khan. Since these mainly cassette albums were invariably undated and numerous, it is difficult to place them in any more accurate chronological sequence than catalog-number order. Between 1973 and 1993 his recorded output could only be described as prodigious, with more than 50 album releases to his name on numerous Pakistani, British, American, European and Japanese labels. Heavily over-recorded, blighted with a rash of poppy remix albums or albums with Westernized instrumentation or arrangements, his recorded work is a mire to suck in the uninitiated and their money. Converts, however, do not escape scot-free. Although some releases hint at their nature with coded titles such as Volume 4 Punjabi (Oriental Star CD SR013) from 1990 or Ghazals Urdu (Oriental Star CD SR055) from 1992, the chosen language and style is frequently a matter of conjecture or uncertainty. While the Western market is saturated with his work, the Indian market is supersaturated, and his recorded output is in danger of overwhelming any sense of taste. Real World was the label largely responsible for Khan's breakthrough into a non-Indian audience. It was their marketing skills and the platform provided by the WOMAD organization which introduced him to Westerners. Mustt Mustt (Real World CD RW 15) released in 1990 was a deliberate attempt to target the white market with its non-traditional arrangements, yet it seems positively cherubic beside later abominations. "All these albums are experiments," he told me in 1993. "There are some people who do not understand at all but just like my voice. I add new lyrics and modern instruments to attract the audience. This has been very successful." Success, however, bred indifference to the virtues and values of the original music. Many find the remix albums, the Western and youth-market releases, a source of despair: buyer beware remains the watchword. When singing his traditional work he remains peerless. Many fans regret the dilution of his talent that has occurred with his "experiments." However, in 1994, reportedly tired of unauthorized releases, he took greater control of both his business affairs and his concert and recording activities. With his international renown at an all-time peak, Khan died on August 16, 1997; a seemingly endless procession of posthumous releases appeared in the years to follow. ~ Ken Hunt
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Nudtat f**k feat Ali khan
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F**k f u c k this
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F**k this
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Even Hollywood undead is better then this or messy marv
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Trey Songz rocks
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Flo Rida rocks
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Rnb music rocks
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Rap music
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Chris Brown Rocks
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Lemme tell you, there is no experience in the world like bouncing through Sindhi cotton fields on a totally decked out tractor, complete with bullhorn sound system, listening to "Meri Toba". I agree with Mel- Pandora, there is a whole world of regional music- you don't need to stick to the stuff repackaged for Western ears to appreciate.. .
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i am looking for islamic hadise bayan
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Where is the real Nusrat music? This is all dubby and loungy remixes.
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twocrowseein g
Yes indeed Mel, Pandora please include albums like "Rapture"
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This is nice set of Westernized Nusrat with trippy beats, but there is whole 'nother world of the real deal Nusrat with traditional instuments that deserve a listen here at Pandora. But I'm happy I can chill with the quwalli master in this minimal form.
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gunnarandhan k
kinda of bollywood but better
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Not bad, very listenable, but not what I was going for. Keeping it anyway, but the station needs a remix name.
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I love middle eastern music. I've been waiting for Pandora to catch up on the world music front for two years now. It's made little progress. It keeps sending electronica my way. Not what I want at *all*.
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i was turned on to Nusrat back in 96 in prescott AZ, by a good friend. i agree with what you are saying, he is amazing and needs to be recognized. also brother Ravi.
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ich_traum
It's good to see I'm not the only one frustrated with the world music situation. I can't believe the only Nusrat they have are these club mixes. Also I was shocked that Ravi Shankar doesn't exist in the Pandora universe except as the father of Anoushka Shankar and Snore-ah Jones.
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As much as I've enjoyed Pandora, world music is definitely not its strong point. Besides the absence of Qawwali music, there's a terrible dearth of Afro-pop, including greats like King Sunny Ade and Fela Kuti. I typed in names of dozens of Africa's biggest pop stars and very few came up. The message window says that Pandora will look into adding those musicians not in its database; I hope they do.
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I'm so with you, cowefevil: the world music collection on Pandora is sorely lacking.
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This dude's music shouldn't come up as "electronica " , but unfortunatel y it does due to these stupid compilations that include him. There ought to be some real Pakistani Qawwali music around here.

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