Elvis wasn’t the only musician who died on August 16th. On this day in 1997, one of the world’s greatest singers, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died in the prime of his career. That was the same month Fela Kuti died, making it one of the saddest months in world music.
Nusrate Fateh Ali Khan sung a style of Sufi religious music called Qawwali and helped bring that kind of music to a wider audience. He had an incredible voice and performed with artists such as Eddie Vedder and Peter Gabriel. Jeff Buckley was also a big fan of his music.
If you haven’t heard his music, listen to mustt mustt, his most popular song, at the WorldBeatPlanet podcast.