Devotional and Love Songs

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“Recorded in the wake of the late Khan’s triumphant performance at the 1985 WOMAD festival, this 10-track collection features the lighter, folkier side of the Pakistani classical music singer’s repertoire,” opines James Rotondi. “Accompanied by his nine-member ‘party’ on acoustic guitar, mandolin, and a full complement of tabla and harmonium, Khan unleashes typically stunning vocal phrases marked by blinding speed, cutting tone, and unearthly ornamentation. The infectious ‘Yaad-E-Nabi Gulshan Mehka,’ with lyrics in praise of Muhammed, finds the qawwali singer at his most effervescent, while the ghazal (love song) ‘Mast Nazroon Se Allah Bachhae’ features an insistent hand-clapped rhythm and the full Party chorus singing together in unison.”