Khanspiracy: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Nephew Signs U. S. Deal

No word yet on whether Mr. Vedder will be recording with Rahat. Photo by Jay Blakesberg.

It's starting to feel like American Recordings boss Rick Rubin is trying to

corner the market on Pakistani Qawwali vocalists. First, Rubin signed Pakistani

sensation Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to his label and agreed to produce two albums

of material for the devotional master, one of traditional music and another of

duets along the lines of his haunting work with Eddie Vedder on the Dead Man

Walking soundtrack (neither of which appear to have been completed


Now Rubin has gone to the well again and signed Nusrat's nephew,

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to an exclusive American Recordings deal. (Nusrat, is,

according to a source, "signed to several labels.) Rubin just wrapped

sessions with the 24-year-old singer, who was picked at the tender age of seven

to be the heir-apparent to succeed his uncle in their family's 600-year long

Qawwali dynasty.

According to our source, Rahat has an "amazingly pure"

voice. The album features traditional music as performed by Rahat and his band,

which includes his father (Nusrat's brother) Farrauk.