Appropriately subtitled Sufi Sounds From the Qawwali King, this eight-track, 77-minute compilation explores the devotional qawwali ritual music of the Islamic mystic Sufis of the Indian subcontinent,

Appropriately subtitled Sufi Sounds From the Qawwali King, this eight-track, 77-minute compilation explores the devotional qawwali ritual music of the Islamic mystic Sufis of the Indian subcontinent, as popularized by the legendary Punjabi qawwal who died in 1997. The informatively annotated set starts with the Allah-praising hamd "Ya Hayyo Ya Qayyum," an appropriate opener in that qawwali recitals traditionally commence with a hamd. Other tunes (many of which are extracts from lengthier recordings) show the extended vocal repetition, call and response between leader and chorus, and explosive high-pitched wails of the ecstatic trance-inducing genre—which Nusrat managed to transcend via added orchestration to the minimalist form, as in "Mera Sohna Sajan," as well as the global fusion collaborations and movie soundtrack exposure that led to his fame in the West.—JB