The musically captivating voice of the world-renowned king of Qawwali and Sufi music – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, enchanted almost 6,000 people at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 30th August with a sensational performance.
The show, part of his ‘Back To Love’ tour, gave the audience a whole range of Bollywood songs, old and new heartfelt melodious tunes and some sensational Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan classics. This was his second visit to Yorkshire.
Speaking exclusively to the Asian Express newspaper he said: “Bringing the show two years running to this region and having the electrifying response from the audience is all that an artist like me could ever wish for, I’d like to thank them for their love and respect.”
The musical maestro’s infectious energy eventually saw people getoff their seats and dance in the aisles.
Though he wouldn’t disclose his ‘secret’ pre-performance energyboosting tricks, he said that he is deeply inspired by the vast numbers of young people in the UK attending his performances.
“I have tried my utmost to carry on my uncle’s (Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) legacy – but with a twist – with my own style,” he said. “I challenge myself to reinvesting and reinventing in the beautiful qualities of Qawaali and Sufi music, with the desire that it strikes a chord with the audiences of today.
“Even though the depth and meaning of the lyrics may not be fully understood by some of the younger generation in the West, I see that they have a strong connection with this genre of music. I’m so excited being part of that.
“I thank Allah for putting me in the position where I am respected for my voice and what I do. I pray that I can continue to please my fans.”
This year’s Rahat show in Leeds was brought by Pasha Shisha – with whom Asian Express teamed up as a proud media partner.
Shabir Hussain, Pasha’s events co-ordinator said: “For us at Pasha, our desire to give people great entertainment was fulfilled. The feedback and comments that we’ve had have been amazing.
“After the event, he came to wind-down at Pasha on Leeds Road and we had the opportunity to show him our hospitality.”
Mr Hussain confirmed that all profits of the show will be going to the Penny Appeal charity, which will be helping innocent Palestinians in Gaza.
Rahat’s management PME World, confirmed that they would return to bring another show to Leeds in 2016.