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A legend returns with new dose of melodies

Saturday June 9 2018

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is from a rare breed of singers. PHOTO | COURTESY

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is from a rare breed of singers. PHOTO | COURTESY 

By ALLAUDIN QURESHI
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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is from a breed of rare singers who, when performing on stage, not only mesmerise but also make an impact that is larger than life. The singer and master of Hindustani music is scheduled to return to Kenya at the newly-opened Diamond Plaza 2 Auditorium for a live concert on Saturday June 23, 2018.
Rahat, who continues to rule the music world, is the nephew and protégé of the mighty khan of South East Asian music, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The maestro initially performed in his uncle’s Qawali group but grew up to be a star power for sell-out shows around the world.
The mesmerising singer has given new dimensions to Bollywood film songs. The romance of his voice has spread like a virus from his home in Faisalabad, Pakistan, across the border to India, and become a universal heartbeat.
Besides being a sought-after playback singer for Indian and Pakistani movies, Rahat finds time to tour the world, performing for millions of fans. He has received many prestigious national and international awards for his contribution to music. His collaboration with Eddie Vedder of American rock band Pearl Jam and musical scores for Hollywood movies are still a rave.
Standing tall among music makers and performers, Rahat is down to earth and humble. He enjoys the romance of his musical profession and adores his fans. In a promotion video of his forthcoming Nairobi concert, he sings Aaj Din Chadhiya (A New Day Has Dawned), a befitting number for a loved one. His repertoire this visit includes loveable Bollywood songs and heart-touching Qawalis.
This prestigious Kenyan concert is promoted by Ranee’s Production, the Kenyan promotion powerhouse. The group was established by Ms Rani Jamal. The group understands the Kenyan audience and has global entertainment connections.

Rani has brought our way some of the leading entertainers in most forms of performing arts. Not only does she bring us quality and loveable entertainment, she works for the benefit of many charitable organisations.
A legendary maestro comes our way, courtesy a promoter that understands the vibes of the Kenyan audience. Save the date June 23, on your calendar. For further details regarding advance booking, communicate with Ranee Studios or visit Pal’s Bookshop, Diamond Plaza.