The pride of Pakistan and the Magical Voice of sub-continent Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is being remembered today (Sunday) on his birthday.
He was born on October 13, 1948 in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan. His father Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, was a musicologist, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Qawwal.
Khan sang mainly in Urdu and Punjabi and occasionally in Persian, Brajbhasha and Hindi.
Khan teamed with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ in 1985, with Canadian musician Michael Brook on the albums Mustt Mustt (1990) and Night Song (1996) and with Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder in 1995 on two songs for the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking.
His album Intoxicated Spirit was nominated for a Grammy award in 1997 for best traditional folk album.
Khan was taken ill with kidney and liver failure on August 11, 1997 in London, England. While, on the way to Los Angeles in order to receive a kidney transplant, he died of a sudden cardiac arrest at Cromwell Hospital, London, on Saturday, August 16, 1997, aged 48.