On Pakistan’s 76th Independence Day, Spotify paid homage to one of the nation’s most illustrious musicians, the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. As they unveiled an upgraded version of their dedicated playlist, “This is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,” music enthusiasts were enticed to immerse themselves in his qawwali legacy. In honor of this musical icon, here are some top picks from the revered artist’s treasure trove, now streaming on Spotify.
- Yeh Jo Halka Halka Saroor Hae
Originally released in 1992, this effervescent composition by the “Shehnshah-e-Qawwali” celebrates the intoxicating nature of love. Its timeless appeal has seen it featured in films and inspiring numerous remixes.
- Tumhe Dil Lagi Bhool Jani Padegi
A lyrical masterpiece written by Purnam Allahabadi and composed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan himself, this track explores the nuanced difference between infatuation and true love.
- Mast Nazron Se Allah Bachae
Released in 1983, this ode to enchanting eyes that repeatedly ensnare our hearts showcases Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocal prowess. It’s a qawwali gem that never loses its charm.
- Kali Kali Zulfon Ke Phande Na
One of Khan’s biggest hits, this track weaves a tale of love’s trustworthiness despite alluring deception. Originally released in 1990, it continues to captivate audiences and has inspired various renditions.
- Afreen Afreen
Part of Khan’s 1996 album ‘Sangam,’ “Afreen Afreen” remains timeless. Revived by Momina Mustehsan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in 2016, this composition, with lyrics by Indian legend Javed Akhtar, showcases Khan’s magical voice.
- Mere Rashke Qamar
A fusion of ghazal and qawwali, this track elevates expressions of love. Written by Urdu poet Fana Buland Shehri and first performed by Nusrat in 1988, its mesmerizing lyrics liken the beloved to the envy of the moon.
As Spotify celebrates Pakistan’s Independence Day, these musical treasures from Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan continue to resonate, showcasing the enduring magic of his qawwali mastery.