Simply Rahat:

Simply Rahat: 19, 20, 21 & 22nd March 2010

“This isn’t just a concert…it’s an act of worship” 
THE GUARDIAN (09/10/09)

“Rahat the anointed disciple of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan spun a web of songs so mesmerising that one could feel the soul of the legendary Sufi artist in the hall” 

EASTERN EYE (16/10/09)

After a sell-out performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in autumn 2009, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns with his group of twelve musicians to perform a mixed repertoire of memorable Qawwalis and his greatest Bollywood hits, from ‘Akhiyan Udeek Diyaan’ and ‘Saason Ki Mala Se Simroon Mein’ to ‘Jag Soona Soona Laage’ and ‘Jiya Dhadak Dhadak’ from blockbuster film’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Kalyug’, respectively.
“Since the ‘Remembering Nusrat’ show’s we’ve been inundated with requests from the public to produce a tour that showcases Rahat in his original mould and ‘Simply Rahat’ does just that” – Amarpal Gaind (Head of Saregama Europe).
Expect an unforgettable evening as he and his extraordinary ensemble transport us into the rapturous realms of spiritual discovery.

Saregama are the owner’s of the world’s largest catalogue of recorded Indian music and over the last few years have extending their portfolio to feature some of India and Pakistan’s leading artistes in ‘live’ concerts.

The Saregama team are building a strong reputation for high-end events in the UK’s South Asian market with the success of Sonu Nigaam’s tribute to the great Mohammad Rafi ‘Rafi Resurrected’ in 2008 and Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s tribute to the glorious Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in 2009.

Rahat is qawwali legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s nephew and was formally nominated by Nusrat as his successor, taking over the family qawwali party after Nusrat’s death in 1997.
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at the young age of 36 has carved out a career not only as an exponent extraordinaire of Sufi qawwali music but also as an international artiste as evidenced by his work in Hollywood.

His work includes Hollywood productions such as Dead Man Walking, The Four Feathers and Mel Gibson’s Oscar nominated Apocalypto in addition to an impressively growing list of Bollywood scores including


  • Lagi Tumse Man Ki Lagan                              (Paap)
  • Jiya Dhadak Dhadak                                      (Kalyug)
  • O Re Piya                                                       (Aaja Nachle)
  • Dhaage Tod Lao                                             (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom)
  • Jag Soona Soona Laage                                (Om Shanti Om)
  • Naina Thag Lenge                                          (Omkara)
  • Main Jahaan Rahoon                                      (Namaste London)
  • Teri Ore                                                          (Singh Is Kinng)
  • Jaoon Kahan                                                   (Billu Barber)
  • Rishte Naate                                                   (De Dana Dhan)
  • Sajda                                                               (My Name is Khan)

Ustad Rahat Ali Khan was weaned on concert tours and accompanied his late uncle and his qawwali party across the world. Concerts provide the perfect medium for Rahat to reach out to his fans, providing an instant response between artiste and audience.
“Simply Rahat” features Rahat presenting a beautiful balance between his acknowledged qawwali artistry and his extraordinarily successful Bollywood renditions.  Accompanying Rahat on this tour will be his long established party of traditional musicians and harmonic vocalists:

Wajahat Ali Khan: chorus
Farhat Ali: chorus
Asif Maqbool Chishti: chorus
Ghulam Abbas: chorus
Ali Raza: chorus
Muhammad Shafique: chorus, harmonium
Rashid Ali: saxophone
Salman Ashraf: bass guitar
Nadeem Ashraf: drums
Suleman Ali :keyboard
Amir Ali :tabla
Ghulam Shahbaz: dholak

Simply Rahat – Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Party Symphony Hall Birmingham
Simply Rahat – Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Party Demontfort Hall Leicester
Simply Rahat – Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Party Royal Festival Hall London
Simply Rahat – Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Party Palace Theatre Manchester

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