We are delighted to announce a new virtual event for our Sounds of South Asia Series. On Friday 30 April, Real World Records and the Faculty of Music at Oxford University will live-stream a remastered and immersive live performance of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party at the 1985 WOMAD Festival. The event will be followed by a panel discussion with ethnomusicologist Dr Thomas Hodgson, singer/songwriter Wajiha Naqvi, Qawwali singer Dhruv Sangari and a special guest, to be announced. All donations towards the performance will go directly to the Sounds of South Asia series.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was a Pakistani vocalist, musician, composer and music director primarily a singer of qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music. He is considered to be the greatest Sufi singer in the Punjabi and Urdu language, and World’s greatest qawwali singer ever; he is often referred to as “Shahenshah-e-Qawwali” (the King of Kings of Qawwali). He belonged to the Qawwal Bacchon Gharana (Delhi gharana) extending the 600-year old qawwali tradition of his family, Khan is widely credited with introducing qawwali music to international audiences.
Real World Records was founded in 1989 by WOMAD and Peter Gabriel to provide talented artists from around the world with access to state-of-the-art recording facilities and audiences beyond their geographic region. The Real World label has become renowned for bringing together musicians who share an empathy with music in general, rather than simply a shared cultural background. Real World Records continues to push back the boundaries— with new artists to discover, new ways of recording, new meeting points. Since 1989, Real World Records has grown into a label of wide-ranging, world-class music from all corners of the globe. Many of the label’s releases are recorded at Real World Studios where the live interactive spaces provide an environment capable of capturing the excitement and vitality of musicians in performance.