9 Songs, 48 Minutes


About Sukhawat Ali Khan

Indian classical singer Sukhawat (pronounced sue-ka-vat) Ali Khan is the son of Ustad Salamat Ali Khan and the nephew of Nazakat Ali Khan; his father and uncle were famed singers who toured the world, known as the "Ali Brothers." He was attracted to music at an early age and began studying the harmonium at seven. At ten, he and his brother Shafqat Ali Khan were singing on a local radio station in Lahore, Pakistan, beginning a career that found him performing internationally. Eventually, he settled in the San Francisco Bay area, where he taught Indian classical music. By 1998, he had teamed with his sister, Riffat Salamat, and her husband, Richard Michos, in the Ali Khan Band, which released two albums, Taswir and Zindagi, then changed its name to Shabaz to avoid confusion with other artists named "Ali Khan," such as Nusrat Fatah Ali Khan (a relative), and released a third album, Shabaz. On July 24, 2007, Megawave Records, in a licensing deal with Jah Nur Music, released Sukhawat Ali Khan's debut solo album, Shukriya, in the U.S. ~ William Ruhlmann