Salamat Ali Khan

Salamat & Nazakat Khan

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Followers of Northern Indian spiritual music should not pass up this 1970 recording, made available on CD in the U.S. in 1988. Brothers Salamat & Nazakat Ali are considered masters of the style, and live up to their fine reputation on soulful, extended performances of the traditional, time-honored pieces "Rah Megh" and "Reg Barragi-Bhairav." Their accompaniment consists of only the tablas (which provide rhythm support) and the tambura (which is known for its drone sound, and which plays a melodic and harmonic role here). This tranquil music is repetitious, and that's exactly the point -- in Indian devotional culture, repetition is used to heal and uplift. And listening to the Ali Brothers is most definitely uplifting.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 25:42
2 25:30
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