Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Spills the Beans About Coke Studio Going Downhill with Time

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Spills the Beans About Coke Studio Going Downhill with Time

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan spoke about Coke Studio, singing Sayonee, and being compared to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in an interview with BBC

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the most prominent names in the Pakistani music industry and has represented Pakistan globally on many platforms. He started his musical career under the supervision of his famous uncle late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who declared young Rahat Fateh Ali Khan the heir to his musical legacy. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan often toured with his uncle to many places and sung in his lead. It was after Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s death that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan took the main stage and ruled the world with his melodies. He is considered one of the strongest names in Bollywood music due to the spiritual essence of his voice which he has lent for many numbers.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is currently touring the United Kingdom and has had a completely sold-out show in Wembley Arena. Speaking to BBC Asian network’s Haroon Rashid, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had many things to say about his music and his association with the Coke Studio. According to the singer, Coke Studio did a great job when it was produced by Rohail Hayat. Unfortunately, things went down the hill after him. According to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, singing Junoon’s song Sayonee was not the right choice because that song was not his type.

 Rahat Fateh Ali Khan sang Sayonee at Coke Studio and was strongly criticized for being unable to do justice to the original song sung by Ali Azmat.

Rahat fateh Ali Khan cleared the misconception around the song 'waist when it actually meant the moon.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan also stressed upon the need to stop comparing him with his uncle Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. According to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the original songs of his uncle had a beautiful melody and trance. Nothing could compare those hence the comparison was futile. The famous Qawwali singer Rhata Fateh Ali Khan said that Bollywood did a good job of adapting the classic numbers for their films. When asked if he was proud of the budding Pakistani film and music industry, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said that it was too early for him to appreciate it.

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By Saadia Ahmed
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