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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - A Voice From Heaven
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - A Voice From Heaven
Director: Giuseppe Asaro
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2001     1hr 0min

Filmed in Pakistan, India, Canada and United States, A Voice From Heaven is a tribute to one of the most beautiful voices in the century: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the king of Qawwali. The story interweaves excellent Nusrat p...  more »


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Director: Giuseppe Asaro
Creator: Thomas Acito
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, International, Special Interests, Biography
Studio: Winstar
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/16/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2000
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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If you are after the music, don't get this one......
montserratblackmaddona | 03/30/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"but if you are after the history, and more about the life of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, it is worthwhile. There are only snippets of his concert performances (really only one in particular) which as a whole, make this DVD fall far short of what I was looking for......"
One of only a couple dvds available on nusrat Fateh ali khan
montserratblackmaddona | gastonia, NC USA | 08/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This Dvd has a few good moments.The picture quality was very good too.Sadly there was not enough footage of nusrat himself being interviewed before his death or peforming.The sound qaulity of nusrat singing was bad most of the time.Although this documentary possess a thrilling performance of nusrat's brother singing in great natural sound.One interesting moment was a rare interview with nusrat's widow.Overall this dvd was pretty okay,but could have been better.Still,I recommend this dvd.It's still worth seeing,cos there's not much available footage in the western world of this late master of the art of vocal music in the quwaal style.Nusrat is truely a voice from heaven."
Excellent introduction to the world of qawwali music
Annette Decker | Frankfurt, Germany | 03/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Before seeing this film, I had never heard nor read about this type of music and the culture behind it. At the beginning I was a bit sceptic, but after a while I really enjoyed it, and I quite liked the music. Being a stranger to the culture and religion of the Middle East, I was amazed about the high status given to this music within the religious environment. In my view this film is a good introduction to qawwali music and I recommend it to everybody curious to learn more about other cultures and religions."
Lackluster, but OK
John Grunwell | Washington, D.C. | 12/28/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The reviews on the back of this video's box would make you think you are about to see something like "American Masters," an intelligent, well-produced examination of Nusrat's life and his artistic impact upon the world. Instead, the production is less than excellent, the history is slightly innacurate (Qawwali is NOT "Sufi music," but music performed by only a few Sufi groups in Southern Asia, not the entirety of sufism in the Islamic world). However, interviews with his various collaborators (Michael Brook) and samplers (Bally Sagoo) proved interesting, but not too essential. As far as the music is concerned, you're constantly teased by snippets of "Allah Hoo" and "Dam Mast Qalandar," but for the most part the soundtrack seems dominated by one or two songs played over and over ad naseum. Purchase this video only if you're a Nusrat completist. Better yet, just go rent it."