Music has no language and no borders; it simply floats through the air and goes out to people’s hearts. A symphony of instruments and singing voices binds the music together. There are many different types of music in Pakistan, and there are many brilliant singers, but these singers have been recognized around the world and have earned a spot on the list of legendary singers. Join me on this voyage if you wish to enjoy a different style or form of music.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (Qawwal):
In Pakistan, no discussion of music would be complete without the mention of Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He is known as the “King of Qawwali”(Qawwali is the best-known type of Sufi music and is very common within the culture of South Asia. Sufi music is a type of devotional music that was inspired by Sufi poets, like Rumi, Hafiz, Bulleh Shah, Amir Khusrow, and Khwaja Ghulam Farid). Khan has also contributed to the Indian cinema business by singing a number of songs (Bollywood). He possessed a wide variety of vocal abilities, and he could readily perform for several hours at a high level. He achieved Grammy nominations for Best Traditional Folk Album and Best World Music Album. Khan held the Guinness World Record for “Most Qawwali Recordings” until his death in 2001, having recorded over 125 qawwali CDs. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan also known as Singing Budha, has shared the stage with a variety of international performers.
Mehdi Hasan Khan (Ghazal Singer):
Mehdi Hassan Khan is known as the Ghazal Emperor (The form has roots in Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi). He was one of the best Pakistani vocalists and the greatest playback singer of the twentieth century. Mehdi Hassan Khan’s influential and thrilling voice adds a new dimension to the ghazal. During his lifetime, he is said to have sung over 50,000 ghazals. His singing has been referred to as “the voice of a god” by Indian vocalist Lata Mangeshkar, with whom he sang a duet in 2009.
Abida Parveen (Sufi Singer):
Abida Parveen is regarded as one of the world’s greatest mystic singers and a leading proponent of Sufi music (Sufiana kalam). The Multilingual singer is well known for her ghazals, which she performs in Urdu, Sindhi, Saraiki, and Punjabi. She elevated Sufi music to new heights and went on to become one of the most well-known mystic singers not just in Pakistan, but around the world, earning her the title of Uncrowned Empress of Sufi Music.
Nazia Hasan (Pop-Female Singer):
There are numerous names in pop music, but Nazia Hassan is the one who broke the mold by introducing a modernized style of pop music to Pakistan. She made a mark for herself in the music world and left an indelible impression. Nazia, who began her singing career at the age of ten, was known as a vocal beauty. She was dubbed “Queen of Pop Music” during her remarkable singing career. She did sell over 65 million records globally with her brother Zoheb Hassan. She earned honors for a song she sang for the Indian film business. Dreamer Deewane, her English-language single, made her the first Pakistani singer to chart in the United Kingdom.