Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Remembering the Black Taj: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Taj Mahal

Thank you all for your kind words over the past few days.  My eldest brother passed away after a terrible and painful battle with the big C. Thankfully he is at peace now. Sadly, I miss him deeply.

He was like all good elder brothers, a friend, a mentor, a sharer of pleasures (such as music) and a role model.

Tonight I share two things we shared and loved. The blues and qawwali.

Many years ago we schemed of setting up a publishing house called Black Taj. We never got there but for many years it was an inspiration to both of us and something we always looked forward to doing.

Enjoy these two offerings tonight. And if you have a brother or sister or parent or partner or child or friend you love a lot think about cooking them dinner and sharing some music you both love with them. 

Track Listing:

01 Ain't Gwine To Whistle Dixie Anymo'
02 Take A Giant Step
03 Give Your Woman What She Wants
04 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
05 You're Gonna Need Somebody On Your Bond
06 Six Days On The Road
07 Farther On Down The Road
08 Keep Your Hands Off Her
09 Bacon Fat
10 Linin' Track
11 Country Blues No.1
12 Wild Ox Moan
13 Light Rain Blues
14 A Little Soulful Tune
15 Candy Man
16 Cluck Old Hen
17 Colored Aristocracy
18 Blind Boy Rag
19 Stagger Lee
20 Cajun Tune
21 Fishin' Blues
22 Annie's Lover

Listen here.

Track Listing:
01 Ya Hussain
02 Hum Apni Shaam ko Jab Nazr-e-Jaam
03 Mera Yeh Charkha Nau Lakha
04 Dayaar-e-Ishq Main Apna Maqam Paida Kar

Listen here.


gilhodges said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Hammer said...

R.I.P. bradah.

Stay solid: Life and Death are two faces of the same coin ma rawd dawg, when you flip one, you sure would get the otha.


Miguel said...


but you know,
he's not gone,
he's just left the building...

feeling with you...


Rebecca said...

Great music selection for a great brother. Mourning with you...