BBC4 World Music Star And Nusrat Was My Elvis
World Music Star
Documentary telling the story of the British world music revolution from the early 1980s to the present. Through a variety of careers, starting with Zimbabwe’s Bhundu Boys and culminating with Portugal’s Mariza in the new millennium, the film explores what it takes to bring music from ‘out there’ over here.
Through the testimony of artists from all around the world alongside key British producers and broadcasters including Andy Kershaw, Joe Boyd and Nick Gold, it tracks the evolving story of what British audiences have wanted from what has come to be called ‘world music’ and what a range of artists including Les Mystere des Voix Bulgares, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour, Baaba Maal, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Buena Vista Social Club and Tinariwen have made of us.
The documentary traces the hopes and ambitions of a new music industry as cultures came together for the first time, producing much brilliant music and a degree of human comedy.
Nusrat Was My Elvis
Journalist and film-maker Navid Akhtar examines the legacy of this musical megastar whose haunting voice enraptured millions across the globe and who successfully collaborated with countless top Western musicians.
It was American singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley who, in 1993, described Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as “his Elvis”. In this programme, Akhtar looks at how this musician of an art form distinctive to Northern India and Pakistan became a global superstar in his own right and the most famous artist to emerge from the sub-continent since Ravi Shankar.
Akhtar examines the impact Nusrat had on Asian culture in the UK and on the global music scene of the Eighties and Nineties. He tracks Nusrat’s path from a long line of Qawwali musicians who sang devotional love songs at the shrines of the Sufi priests, to the voice on soundtracks of films directed by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone and Tim Robbins.
And, through Akhtar’s personal story, listeners learn how Nusrat’s music enabled a young Pakistani teenager to connect to his own cultural background.
Contributors include Nitin Sawhney, Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Peter Gabriel.
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