Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s concert at O2 Arena in London was one of the best from the maestro….writes Richa Grover
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, a privileged and chosen family disciple of the legendary Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saheb, charmed and mesmerised the audiences at O2 Arena in London with an entirely sold-out show.
The Qawwali King, with his humble demeanour, personable style of interacting with his fans and most importantly his musical prowess, undoubtedly enticed one and all in the audience and transported them to a state of music induced rapture.
His repertoire at this much anticipated concert included songs from the Sufi genre, his superhit Bollywood soundtracks and his signature qawallis. Two of the songs which have been made popular by him – Mast Kalandar and Allah Hoo touched everyone’s hearts and evoked unity that can be achieved with the power of music through the use of lyrics, intent and style of presentation. Now is certainly an appropriate time when such songs with a message of love, harmony and world peace are needed for its positive symbolic insinuations.
RFak’s befitting tribute to his uncle with the song Tu Na Jaane Aas Paas hai khuda is also every bit worth a special mention as he seranaded his fans with this. Throughout the evening, audiences were seen dancing all across the stadium and a festive feel and ambience of celebration was in the air.
Presiding over a group of very talented musicians, RFak maintained centre stage charisma thoughout and left the audiences wanting more when he displayed a soulful, magnificent display of his musical legacy which has the unfaltering capacity of leaving the crowds spellbound.
As the most famous Qawal of Pakistan, RFak performed his greatest hits non stop at the extremely well organised concert and rendered it a super hit status undoubtedly.
The performance was timed to aptly fit in with Pakistan and India’s Independence Day celebrations over that weekend and the exhilaration of RFak, the master performer, was experienced by one and all who were lucky to experience it first-hand that evening.
The maestro was the headline performer at the Nobel Prize Peace concert in 2014 and more recently in March 2016 RFak has performed at the United Nation’s General Assembly Hall.
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