Just yesterday, upon asking Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the nephew of late music maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, if he required permission to sing his uncle’s masterpieces. This happened just after Nusrat’s daughter held a press conference to claim all the rights to his Qawwalis. However, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan claims that he doesn’t need any permission to sing his uncle’s work.
The Tere Mast Mast Do Nain singer replied, “I am the successor (janasheen) and the adopted son of my ustad and uncle. Why would I need any permission?”
According to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, asking permission to re-sing any family member’s song was not a rule in the Fateh Ali clan.
“This has never been the scenario in history and the legacy of our family, which has a rich heritage of over 600 years in the field of qawwali and Sufi music,” he told the reporters.
He further added that his father, Ustad Farrekh Fateh Ali Khan and Nusrat also recited the kalams made by his grandfather. Everything within the family belongs to the family members.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also added that he has kept the family tradition alive since Nusrat made him his successor about 20 years ago. “I have performed at the Noble Peace Prize ceremony where, in fact, I was the headline performer. I’ve also performed at the UN General Assembly. It’s my families name and legacy which I’m carrying and as a tradition, tomorrow my brother and son will carry it.”
Rahat explained that his team and management has succeeded in taking the family name globally at the time when Qawwali and Sufi music was nearly extinct.
“I have a world tour this year. I hope this clarifies any ambiguities and the fact that I do not need any permission to sing what belongs to my family and me.”
Guitarist and music producer Salman Ahmed has also lent his support to Rahat by clarifying that Rahat has indeed kept qawwali alive and the legacy going.
When Nusrat’s daughter was asked if she was going to take any legal action against Rahat, she replied that she thinks of him as a brother, “I’m only taking action against the people who have misused my father’s music and claimed it as their own.”
According to Nida, Indian musicians and production houses in Pakistan plagiarising Nusrat’s work will be held accountable and served a legal notice. Nida will be holding another press conference in the future to further address the concerns.
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