Spotify pays tribute to legendary qawal Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
A new playlist dedicated to Pakistan’s legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan will be introduced by the music streaming service Spotify as part of the country’s 76th Independence Day celebrations.
According to a statement issued Friday, a befitting tribute will be provided in the form of a new, enhanced and updated version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s ‘This is Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’ playlist, which showcases some of his evergreen hits that even now are being spun with a touch of modern genres to create stunning compositions.
Despite his passing over two decades ago, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan remains one of Pakistan’s most streamed artists worldwide, according to a press release.
According to Spotify data, his songs have inspired generations of listeners and singers alike over the past year as the 4th most streamed Pakistani artist on the platform. His most listened tracks include ‘Yeh Jo Halka Halka Suroor Hae’, ‘Afreen Afreen’, ‘Mustt Mustt’, and ‘The Long Road’, which features Pearl Jam’s Eddie Veddor.”
According to Spotify, Khan’s influence can also be seen in the fact that covers and remakes of his original tracks are still being produced today.
In addition to ‘Lut Gaye’, ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’, ‘Kali Kali Zulfon Ke’, ‘Mere Baad Kisko Sataoge’, and ‘Dekhte Dekhte’, the top five most streamed remakes inspired by Khan were ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’, ‘Kali Kali Zulfon Ke’, and ‘Mer
According to Spotify, the youth continue to drive the trend of keeping Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s legacy alive. The majority of his listeners are between the ages of 18 and 22.
Additionally, the report noted that 23-27-year-olds made up 24% of his audience on the audio streaming service, while 28-34-year-olds and those under 18 make up 14%.
The number of monthly listeners of Nusrat’s songs has climbed to more than 5 million this year. India, United States, UK, Canada, and Australia are also the top countries for streaming his tracks,” the communique said.
On August 14, a tribute video featuring a number of modern artists will be released that talks about how Khan and his tracks influenced them.