Did you see the Google doodle today?
If the Google doodle is same all over the world, then you might have noticed it featuring a singer sitting cross legged with an arm raised with a group of musicians behind him with tablas and harmonium.
This great singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali was born on October 13, 1948 in Faisalabad, Pakistan to a family of special singers called qawwals, a lineage that is almost 600 years old.
He had an amazing voice and won too many awards and accolades to be listed here. He is widely credited with introducing Qawwali music to international audiences. In words of Jeff Buckley, Nusrat Fateh Ali did not play music, he was music itself.
Nusrat Fateh Ali was one of the greatest sufi singers and his voice transcended time, language and religion. It wasn't uncommon even for Western listeners, who didn't understand a word he was singing to be moved to tears upon hearing him.
The great qawwal had fans all over the world. He collaborated with and influenced many western and Eastern musicians. His concerts were amazing and his endurance was astounding as some performances could last as long as ten hours.
If you have seen the movie Dead Man Walking , you might have heard him in the songs , Face of Love or The Long Road.
He died on August 16, 1997 but his music lives on. Listen to these two videos to see the maestro at his best:
And here's link to a Qawwali
Or better yet, buy a CD and listen to songs like no other.
Image Credit » https://pixabay.com/en/clef-music-lines-notenblatt-799256/ by geralt