Wednesday April 2, 2008
Charkha (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rohail Hyatt)
Thanks to his pedigree, Rahat’s first Indian album is a landmark. The combination of electronic sound, his vibrant vocals and some fantastic tunes is immediately arresting. The overall mood is sedate and ambient – best expounded in songs like More ang ang, Dunga pani, Aj hun and Saiyaan. Na janay kahan is the most commercial and familiar sounding tune, thanks to its Pakistani pop like structure. My personal favorite is the strongly sufi-flavored Kanday utay and the delightfully varied Tere bina that takes a strikingly different hue half way through! Charkha is a classy, mature and evolved piece of work!
Keywords: Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rohail Hyatt
Note: I completely missed mentioning the composer’s name here. Thanks to Disco Deewana’s comment for pointing this out.