Muscat: Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will perform in Muscat at the City Amphitheatre in Qurum on January 10.
According to organisers NPA Events, Ustad Rahat, nephew of the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will perform for the first time in Oman for the public with his troupe of 18 musicians. The acclaimed singer, primarily of devotional Qawwali songs, has performed in Muscat for a private gathering before but has held no public concerts so far.
The Pakistani singer has also made his mark as a Bollywood playback singer and is considered one of the very high-profile artistes in his genre.
Ustad Rahat gave his first public performance at the age of eleven and made his debut in Pakistani films with the song Kisi Roz Milo Hamein Shaam Dhaley (Meet me some time at dusk) for the film Mard Jeenay Nahi Detay (Men don’t let you live). His song Koi Dil Mein (Someone in my heart) from the Pakistani film Tamanna won an award at the 14th London Asian Film Festival for The Best Music Talent in 2012.
He first sang for a Hindi film in India in 2004 and since then has given several hits as Bollywood playback singer.
Working in collaboration with Eddie Vedder of the American rock band Pearl Jam, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan together with Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan contributed to the soundtrack of the 1995 Hollywood film Dead Man Walking.
In 2002, he worked on the soundtrack of The Four Feathers in collaboration with the American composer of orchestral and film music, James Horner. In 2002, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan collaborated with The Derek Trucks Band on the song Maki Madni for Trucks’ album Joyful Noise. In 2011, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.