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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to perform at The O2, London

Pakistan’s most famous Qawwali singer Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the nephew of the late, world-renowned singer Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will perform his greatest hits live for the first time at The O2 on Sunday 14 August 2016.

Rahat Concert

The performance will coincide with Pakistan and India’s independence weekend celebrations and will be Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan’s only London show this year. Discussing his forthcoming show Ustad Rahat Fateh Khan said; “I’m very excited to be performing at The O2, London, for the second time, following my sold out tour in 2013.

“Coming to the UK is always a thrill for me and my performance is timed to fit the Independence Day celebrations for both Pakistan and India. I have a fantastic team of musicians joining me and will be performing my greatest film hits and new material, as well as my esteemed Uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s popular Qawwali numbers, to rock the arena.”

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was chosen at birth by his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for tutoring in the traditions of qawwali music, a form of Sufi devotional popular in South Asia. Six weeks after his uncle’s death in 1997, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took his position as leader of the group and has since become one of the most talked about Pakistani artists in the world.

Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has performed on a variety of recordings, and his songs and vocals have featured in numerous hit Hollywood and Bollywood films including Bodyguard, My Name is Khan, Dabangg, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Drishyam, the Hollywood film Apocalypto and many more.

The maestro has released over 50 albums with over 100 hits in Bollywood and has been presented with numerous awards including Star Screen Awards for Best Male Playback 2010 and the IIFA award for best male vocalist 2011. He has also been a judge on top TV shows in India such a Chhote Ustad and Junoon, Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka. He was the headline performer at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2014 and recently performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in March 2016.

In 2014, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released his latest album ‘Back 2 Love’ which sold millions of copies worldwide.

The ticket will also include access to a variety of free live events and activities including Bollywood dance workshops, DJs, specially selected street food stalls and more.

Interview: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan speaks about MixRadio

Last night, Monday 9th June, the man at the heart and soul of the music community, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan partnered with global music streaming service MixRadio at an exclusive event in Dubai, to mark the launch of the service into the Middle East.

With iconic filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt in attendance and as part of the association, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performed material from his new album Back 2 Love for the first time and showcased personally curated MixRadio playlists available in 31 countries.

Speaking at the occasion, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said, “It is great to experience what Mix Radio is all about and being part of such a project is overwhelming. I want my album “Back 2 Love” to reach out to the masses and global audience. Mix Radio is surely the best way forward for this. The producer of this album, Salman Ahmed and MD of UMI, Devraj Sanyal both have been instrumental in making this happen. There are two amazing videos as well which I am sure will be loved by all my music lovers”.

Check out our interview with the man himself:

Rahat at MixRadio
How did your association with MixRadio come about?

This association came about from Universal and the entire team who have been instrumental in making this happen including Salman Ahmed the producer of the album. This is a great opportunity for me to be associated with Mix Radio. With Internet access often being limited across the Middle East, Nokia MixRadio’s unique PlayMe feature allows users to unearth 30 million tracks and, at the touch of a button, take playlists offline. This partnership is truly for all my wonderful fans to be able to access this medium through MixRadio.

You are launching the service in Dubai where the population loves Bollywood movies and your music. How do you think MixRadio will change the music scene in the region?
MixRadio is definitely a great step forward for all the fans and wonderful listeners of music, this platform is a very good one, and I have created some personal playlists for MixRadio for my fans to listen to.

You are also launching your album at the MixRadio launch event. Why did it take you so long to bring out an album again? Were you too busy singing for Hindi soundtracks?

Well, I have been busy with film songs and tours for the past few years and it was time to make an album. My producer Salman Ahmed truly made this happen with the team efforts of everyone involved in the making of this album.

You are also not being heard as much on Hindi soundtracks nowadays which I am sure has to do with you being selective. How do you decide whether you want to sing a song for a movie or not?
I usually do most of the tracks, it is only when I am on tour it can be difficult. But I always enjoy doing Hindi film tracks.

You perform in the UK every year to sold out arenas. Do you feel that UK fans are more passionate about your music or do you find them all the same regardless of country?
Definitely, I must say all my fans around the world are very receptive of my shows. And I sincerely thank them for always attending my concerts with so much love and passion. I believe I am today because of them.

What do you enjoy more: performing or creating music?
Definitely creating and then performing… it is my passion and I have been doing this from a very young age.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to headline 10th AMA

 Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be performing  at the 10thanniversary  of The Lebara Mobile Asian Music Awards (AMAs) this year in London.

The event taking place at Wembley Arena on Thursday 25 October. The AMAs will mark this landmark occasion with the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performing his most loved hits in an exclusive opening and closing show.

One of the most successful South Asian music artists of the year, the award winning Rahat Fateh Ali Khan returns to London in October, with his only performance in the capital taking place at the Asian Music Awards. Fans will be able to watch the star perform his array of hits such as Tere Mast Mast Do NainTere Bina and the unforgettable Teri Meri.

The star, who was trained in the art of classical music by his uncle, the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, will showcase his Bollywood hits as well as revisiting his Qawwali roots in a special performance with his full live band.

The Lebara Mobile Asian Music Awards will take place on 25th October 2012 at Wembley Arena.

Tickets are available now at www.ticketmaster.co.uk