Musicians similar to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
July 21, 2007 7:42 PM   Subscribe

If a (western, ignorant, generally into indie and shoegaze and hardhouse and techno) person likes Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, what other qawwali and/or rai music might they like? Bonus points for things which may actually be available in Australia.
posted by russm to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
If you have the time, get in touch with Mohib Ahmad, who can help you out according to your taste. Did you prefer his traditional qawwali, or the more pop-inflected stuff he's done?
posted by StrikeTheViol at 9:36 PM on July 21, 2007

Best answer: I don't know anything about qawwali I'm afraid, but if you mean rai as in Algerian rai, this live album is great and everyone would like it, I think.. Rachid Taha was influenced a lot by punk, you might like him too.
posted by citron at 11:29 PM on July 21, 2007

Best answer: Possibly Junoon.
posted by euphorb at 1:30 AM on July 22, 2007

And possibly the solo release from Junoon's lead singer Ali Azmat, Social Circus.
posted by goo at 1:51 AM on July 22, 2007

There's a big difference between rai and qawwali, but you might try the Sabri Brothers (qawwali, and easily available at least in the United States.)
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 2:30 AM on July 22, 2007

Response by poster: the question is actually on behalf of a friend - I'll point him at this and see the outcome...
posted by russm at 4:37 AM on July 22, 2007

Dya Singh is a Sikh artist based in Australia.
posted by omnidrew at 8:55 AM on July 22, 2007

Best answer: Khaled, man. He's the king of rai.
posted by solongxenon at 11:40 AM on July 22, 2007

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