Sukhawat Ali Khan
SUKHAWAT ALI KHAN represents the family lineage of the 600-year-old Sham Chorasi traditional school of music, which was established during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India. His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of seven under his father, legendary Pakistani/Indian vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. A San Francisco Bay Area resident, Sukhawat teaches this musical style and performs concerts for dance and world music lovers everywhere.
Sukhawat's unique ability to draw from traditional and contemporary musical forms has helped him develop collaborations that are truly cross-cultural, such as the group Shabaz. Sukhawat has performed at the Montreal, Monterey and Prospect Park jazz festivals, the Fillmore in San Francisco, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and many other major venues and music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. His vocal abilities have been used on other recordings as well, including the Disney film, Hidalgo (2004).
His live shows feature Sukhawat's incredible vocal and virtuoso harmonium skills along with his Shukriya Ensemble which includes Punjabi-style tabla drums, backup vocals, hand percussion, electric bass and jazz trap set drums.
His CD, "Shukriya" - which means "Thanks" - is music so alive that it jumps right out at you. After many ensemble projects, "Shukriya" is Sukhawat's first recording done on his own terms: dancing with rhythm, passionate with feeling, and with a voice that comes straight from the heart.
"Shukriya" was released worldwide on July 24, 2007. The cd is licensed through Megawave Records and distributed through Innovative Distribution Network, a division of Alliance Entertainment Corporation.
By NARAS nomination committee choice, SHUKRIYA was made eligible for 2007 GRAMMY nomination! (world music)
"As a worker for an oft-nominated and occasionally Grammy-winning label, my take is that a nomination is fundamentally higher praise than a win. A win is more like a popular vote, not necessarily well-informed. And the items in this initial pool have been listened to by people who really know their stuff. So, congratulations to you and all associated with MegaWave. All the best."
Atesh Sonneborn (Folkways Records)
Sukhawat Ali Khan nominated for 2007 BAMMIE Award (North Bay Area Grammy clone) (new age/spiritual music).
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!! For SHUKRIYA by SUKHAWAT ALI KHAN
His rich voice circles and curls like incense through the improvisations. Khan displays the goods. Happy surprises for veteran listeners.
Rex Butters - Folkworks
It's clear that Sukhawat Ali Khan has been wanting to branch out and simultaneously pay tribute to his roots and show off his chops as an original voice. As a result, Shukriya is a sterling collection, one full of the passion and knowledge that only a true master can bring to the table.
Amelia Raitt, eMusic
As one would expect of a first solo album from a veteran performer, Shukriya gives a more direct sense of the artist than previous collaborative works.
William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide
Qawwali musician Sukhawat Ali Khan lives in the USA and adds new elements to the venerable Sufi art. Highly recommended.
A. Romero, World Music Central
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