Khurram Shahzad (Washington): The MGM National Harbor, a Las Vegas styled Casino and Resort, in Maryland is barely two years old. Yet it has come to dominate the region’s casino landscape. MGM is now making a history by hosting a Qawwali night with Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
After completing a series of concerts worldwide, aimed at paying tribute to the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is all set to embark on another soulful journey. The singer will perform live at MGM, featuring the verses of famous poets and sufis from the subcontinent under ‘Just Qawwali Tour 2018’.
Speaking to Newz Today at Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan shared, “I am basically a qawwal; the poetry of the sufis runs in my blood. Qawwali is at the heart of our family traditions and my ancestors have worked hard to develop this genre of music and introduce it to the world. The world of music has not seen a qawwal parallel to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He glorified the art of qawwali and took it to international audiences. He won many awards and accolades for his performances. Qawwali and I are inseparable. Qawwali gives me the unique edge in all the music that I do.”
The tour comprises over 100 concerts in different parts of the world including America, Canada, UK, UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, Morocco, South Africa, Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan alongside some more countries. The performances will be based on the rendition of poetic verses by of Hazrat Ameer Khusrao, Shaikh Saadi, Haafiz Sherazi and other classical giants while the tour will commence from March this year.
Aside from the upcoming concert tour, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will also be releasing a new Qawwali album.
While talking to Newz Today, Show’s promoter Manish Sood said that he is very excited that he is given this opportunity to promote Qawali in America. “we are proud of our heritage and culture. Qawali is nothing but a message of peace, harmony and Sufi music. I have sold out Rahat Sahab’s previous Qawali show and this will also be a sold out event because Qawali lovers are gaining in numbers every year.”