Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Nusrat Fateh Ali KHAN - Intoxicated Spirit 1996
INTOXICATED SPIRIT was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is a dazzlingly, lavishly gifted vocalist. On this album, he is intense and passionate, and the effect is hypnotic and otherworldly. I've listened to this CD countless times in the past two years, and yet I never tire of it...I'm always discovering something new every time I listen to it. "Ruk pe Rehmat Ka" (a devotional qawaali) is my current favorite song, although in the past I've liked "Yeh Jo Halka Halka..." (a romantic qawaali) better. Both these songs go through these incredible cyclic rhythms and build to a dazzling crescendo. I've recommended this album to many friends who like world music, and it's been a hit with all of them as well.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his party of singers are heard here performing the ancient ritualistic style of music known as qawwali, which comes from the poetry of ancient Sufi masters. Nusrat, up until his death in the late 1990s, was its key torch-bearer.
His inimitable voice glides effortlessly over the tabla drums and harmonium. His vocal range is impressive, and the passion with which he sings is always immediately apparent and moving. Few artists truly capture the essence of humanity and divinity in their music as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan does with every composition here. Highlights include "Yeh Jo Halka Halka," and "Meri Saqi Saqi Yeh."
01. Yeh Jo Halka Halka 23:17
02. Ruk Pe Rehmat Ka 23:37
03. Be Wafa 11:53
04. Meri Saqi Saqi Yeh 13:48