Top Bollywood singer for SA

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BY BILLY SUTER

BLU Blood has announced the return of international award-winning singer, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. He will perform at the Durban ICC on April 20 and at Centre Court, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on April 21.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

Khan has been entertaining audiences around the globe for more than three decades.  As one of the most popular Bollywood playback singers, he has released some 50 title tracks for TV series, more than 100 film songs and has released dozens of original chart-topping hits.

Having grown up in a musical family in Pakistan, Khan is well-known for his Qawwali music and also performs ghazals and other light music.

“Qawwali music is the explosive devotional music of the Sufis of Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent.  It originated in the 10th century as a blend of Persian and Central Asian poetic, philosophical and religious elements with North Indian musical expression,” says a concert spokesman.

Khan was tutored by his uncle and father from the age of three and performed for the first time at the age of nine.  He started travelling the world from the age of 15 and gained recognition globally.

“His music has captured the imaginations of listeners as far as the West, with Khan contributing to the soundtrack of the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster, Dead Man Walking.  He also worked on the soundtrack of The Four Feathers, in collaboration with American composer, James Horner,” says the spokesman.

“In 2011, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.  He has performed in the likes of New York, Los Angeles, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Tibet.” 

Durban tickets (from R250) are available at Computicket and Johannesburg tickets are available at Emperors Palace Box Office (call 011 928 1297/1213).


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