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 »erformance footage and a rare behind the scene glimpse into Nusrat's life. Interviews conducted with the many friends, artists and producers with whom Nusrat has collaborated with, including Rick Rubin, Michael Brook, Bally Sagoo and the Asian Dub Foundation, tell the story of a man and his music of peace and spiritual love.« less
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."
Excellent film and wonderful atmosphere
Stricker, Bernhard | Frankfurt Deutschland | 03/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not knowing much about this music nor the background to it I discovered a new world of high spirituality and rich culture. The film focuses on one if not the master of the Qawwali music.
The time witness interviews and especially the footage from its origins in Pakistan provide a rich and enlithening setting for the timeless pieces of the master himself.
Some of the core and most beautiful pieces of his musci are incorporated into the film.
The film is shot expertly and especially the footage from Pakistan and the concerts are rare to be seen.
It provides not only an excellent introduction but even for the initiated an in-depth experience of the master and his world. It allows at the same time to discover the man behind the artist.
Whoever likes "world music" and deep, spiritual-driven music, cannot miss this one."