Internationally-acclaimed recording artist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will perform at the Terrace Theater/Long Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 28th, at 7:30 PM. The concert is a presentation of Jai Singh & AAA Entertainment.
The musician, vocalist, and recording artist, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, has toured extensively in Pakistan, India, and throughout the world. Born into a family of musicians, he is primarily a singer of qawwali, a family tradition for centuries. Qawwali is the vibrant musical poetry of Southern Pakistani and Indian Sufism inspired by the infusion of Persian and Indian musical traditions. This culture of music stems from 700 years ago, and its central themes expressed in the Urdu and Punjabi languages are about love and devotion.
Rahat’s uncle, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, tutored him in the art of the ancient music. He is said to be the most popular qawwali singer of all time, as the first South Asian singer to reach audiences in Western Culture. Working with Ustad in 1995, Rahat contributed to the soundtrack of the Hollywood film Dead Man Walking, collaborating with Eddie Vedder, of the American Rock Band, Pearl Jam. In 2002, he worked with American Composer James Horner on the soundtrack of Four Feathers, and was a guest with the Derek Trucks Band on the song “Maki Mandi” for the Trucks’ album Joyful Noise. Most recently his vocals were featured on the soundtrack to Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.
Upon his uncle’s death in 1997, Rahat assumed the role as leader of his uncle’s qawwali group. He feels that qawwali is a message more than it is music. He once said in an interview, “Once you start listening, it [qawwali] goes into your soul, goes into your spirit, and you become more human.”
“Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a talented artist whose music transcends many cultures throughout the world,” said Dan Spellens, Director of Theaters & Entertainment for the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. “It is an honor to have him perform at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center once again.”
Tickets will be on sale beginning Saturday, May 14th, 2011, at 10AM. Tickets can be purchased at all TicketMaster locations and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office. Ticket prices are $179.00-$49.00. To charge by phone, please call TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. The Box Office is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and Saturday from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Call (562)436-3661 for more information.