Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
A Singer Who Captured the World's Attention
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was born 1974 in Faisalabad Punjab in a family of traditional musician. He is the son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan he was trained by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan(Late) in the art of Classical Music and Qawwali. and primarily a singer of Qawwali mainly in the Punjabi language, a devotional music of the Sufis (a mystical tradition within Islam). he also performs ghazals and other light music. He has toured extensively and performed in Pakistan, India and all around the world.
Rahat's first public performance was at the of ten or eleven, when he toured with his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan(Late) in 1985,and performed solo songs in addition to singing with the Qawwali party. At a concert in Birmingham on July 27, 1985, he performed the solo ghazal, Mukh Tera Sohneya Sharab Nalon Changa Ae. At a concert at the Harrow Leisure Centre in 1985, he performed the solo song, Gin Gin Taare Lang Gaiyaan Rattaan. Paap (2004), featuring the hit song, Mann Ki Lagan, marked his debut as a Bollywood playback singer. He has become popular in India because of his Bollywood film songs.
In a subordinate role with his uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, working in collaboration with Eddie Velder, of the American rock band, Pearl Jam, Rahat 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. Also in 2002, Rahat guested with The Derek Trucks Band on the song Maki Madni for Trucks' album, Joyful Noise.
More recently, his vocals were featured on the soundtrack of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.
Rahat judged the show's, Chhote Zstaad 2 alongside Sonu Nigam.
He was also one of the judges on the singing reality show Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka, premièred on NDTV Imagine in 2008.
In 2010, he won "Best International Act" at the UK Asian Music Awards (UK AMAs).