Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

David Toop, MOJO, October 1997

"MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF the universe," So said saxophonist Albert Ayler, whose body was found floating in New York’s East River many years ago. Jeff Buckley also had something to say about healing. He described Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistan’s greatest singer, as "the man whose voice healed the fuck out of me." Jeff is dead now, another musician found drowned in a river. After a heart attack in August, in the week in which India and Pakistan celebrated 50 years of independence, Nusrat is dead too.

Total word count of piece: 715


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.