By People Staff
October 13, 1997 12:00 PM

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party

He filled major concert halls, recorded with singers Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel, and became a favorite with the remix DJs in the dance clubs. If you saw Dead Man Walking or The Last Temptation of Christ, you’ve already heard the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The Pakistani singer, who died on Aug. 16 at 48, was one of the most amazing vocalists on the planet. Nusrat was the king of qawwali, Sufi Muslim devotional music that blends mystical poetry with soaring vocals and relentless rhythms. The Supreme Collection Volume 1 includes over two hours of his unrestrained musical ecstasy. (Another Nusrat collection, Greatest Hits Volume 1, has been released this year on Shanachie Records.) By Western standards the songs are long—up to 20 minutes each. They start slowly but quickly build to a hypnotic swirl of group vocals, hand-claps, rock-steady hand drums and harmoniums, with Nusrat’s fiery voice gliding over it all. Think of this two-CD set as a great introduction to some soul-stirring, booty-shaking music. (Caroline)

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