Pakistani singing star Khan excited to be making his HK debut

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 March, 2012, 12:00am


It's shaping up to be a great year for music lovers with yet another international artist coming to town. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, 37, one of Pakistan's best-known singers, will perform with his troupe at the Convention and Exhibition Centre next Friday.

'I'm very excited to sing in Hong Kong for the first time ever,' Khan said. 'It's always a pleasure to sing to a new audience. Music is the only thing that unites us, brings us together. It's in our blood; it's in our soul. When I see an international audience hear our music, when they don't understand a word, then you know there's more to it than meets the ear.'

Nephew of the legendary singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who lent his voice to the Oscar-winning film Dead Man Walking, the young Khan comes from a house filled with music. Since Khan had no son of his own, Rahat was deemed heir-apparent to the legendary household, continuing a legacy of singers that spans 600 years. On YouTube, there is a 12-year-old Nusrat singing a love song at a concert with his famed uncle.

'If you teach a child to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, do they really understand what they're saying?' he said with a laugh. 'It was just the same with me. I sang a love song, comparing a beautiful woman to a rose. The words were given, the tune was given, and I sang it. I didn't know what I was singing about until years later.'

Tickets are priced from HK$300 to HK$2,000 and available through HK Ticketing.