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
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.