The iconic Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is pretty confident about his performance in Sayyonee despite criticism.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan held a press conference in Karachi. He made several announcements. Since Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s 20th death anniversary is around the corner, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said he has begun 48 concerts worldwide in commemoration of NFAK’s 48 years of life.
The 48 concerts are going to be held in several cities in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Far East countries and Australia. His September schedule will see him tour the UK.
“I feel like the new generation should remember and witness the music of Khan sahib live. But they haven’t had the chance to experience it live, so being a successor of Khan sahib, I am doing 48 concerts across the world,” said the qawwali maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
He also added, “Of course, it won’t be the same but I will try to give them as close as experience as he gave to the audience. I will keep his memory alive.”
Rahat Thinks Music Should Be Free From Hatred
One astounding news is that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s song Zaroori Tha has reached a staggering 240 million views on YouTube, making it possible the first song to reach the number from South Asia.
“I feel Sayonee suited my voice well. Many other songs are covered so many times, like Main Tenu Samjhawan ki and Khan sahib’s Rashk-e-Qamar. This is the song that elevated Junoon back then. People cover Noor Jehan and other artists too. So, we shouldn’t think about who did it better. It’s a tribute to them and we should take it this way. Said Rahat Fateh Ali Khan talking about the song.
Ali Noor commented, “I believe Sayonee is absolutely for Ali Azmat’s voice.”
So Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also addressed the media about the criticism he has faced regarding his Coke Studio cover of Junoon’s Sayonee. He said, “I actually like the interesting feedback. Some people like it, some don’t. I feel like there are some anti-Pakistan opinions in there too. I personally liked the song, especially the ending.”
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also publicized about his new qawwali album titled ‘Just Qawwali’ and the formation of RFAK Films.
“We will officially be coming next year with our debut film under newly-formed RFAK Films banner. It will be a musical.”
Furthermore, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan spoke about the need of a qawwali institution in Pakistan. He said:
“I believe there is a great need for one. We have so many companies and brands who are sponsoring music and shows like Pepsi Battle of the Bands and Coke Studio, which is great for the music and talent in Pakistan. They should come together to form a qawwali institution too.”