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Rahat gets Oxford award for contribution to music

Rahat gets Oxford award for contribution to music

KARACHI: After years of training, live performances and recording tracks for several blockbusters, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan received an award from the University of Oxford for his contribution to music.

According to a report in, the vocalist was presented with an honorary shield on Tuesday and performed at one of the university’s most historic venues — the Holywell Music Room, built in 1748; it is the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe.

“The Holywell Music Room is the oldest music room in Europe and was especially opened up for Khan sahib,” said his press team. “The biggest composers and musicians of the UK and Europe in the last three centuries have made music in this room.”

The singer’s performance was part of a pre-planned jamming session with the Fusion Project, an ensemble of students from the university who are striving to revive and make Indian Classical Arts accessible, reported Asian Image.

Mr Khan, who is currently on tour in the UK, took to his official Twitter account (@RFAKWorld) and said: “#honoured by the #Oxford University for #contribution to music. Missing my mentor Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.”

“#honoured to receive #award from Oxford University. The fusion project students were amazing.”

The Fusion Project’s latest track is a mash-up of Eddie Vedder’s 2007 song ‘Hard Sun’ from his first solo album and ‘Allah Hoo’, one of the most iconic tracks from the repertoire of Mr Khan’s legendary uncle, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who initially released the track in 1992.

Interestingly, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Eddie Vedder, who is the lead singer of Pearl Jam, recorded two songs together in 1996 called ‘The Long Road’ and ‘Face of Love’, which was part of a soundtrack album of a movie titled, Dead Man Walking.

Published in Dawn, July 14th, 2016

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