By March 1999, it was my eight CD purchase from NFAK's music. Tracks nos 4, 7 & 9 from this album were on the whole average tracks. The track that surprised me the most - was "Jesse's theme" on hearing it again in 2004 on my radio show, I loved it. The tracks 1, 2,3,5,6,8,10 & 11 are the main highlights within this Album.
The Musst Musst (Lost in His Work) Album was an a experiment by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (NFAK) & Michael Brook which was recorded in 1989-90 and was a departure from more traditional Qawwali to a more western sound. It was also the historical and ground-breaking period of the previous decade when fusion was not just between black and white music, but between rock and pop and adults and kids - reigned supreme.
Peter Gabriel pioneer of 'globally attuned pop intellectualism' and his music also contained elements of everything from synth-pop to African Tribal rhythm and later to include religious/devotional sounds through to NFAK. The 1985 Womad Festival made him (Nusrat) a global star. Within five years, the ground-breaking track Musst Musst (Massive Attack remix) title track & Album was released and aimed at the western music market. To the purists it has been diluted down.
In western music, there is a narrow range of styles: Jungle becomes Jungle, Drum'n'bass, Tech-Step, Darkcore, Intelligent d'n'b; Rock becomes Metal, Thrash, and so on. In today's mass marketing of music CDs - tends to reduce the quality and raises the average price of a CD. However, such independent outlets like the Forum in Sheffield had to sell new albums at lower prices in order to compete in the market.
If sales from outlets like the Forum, and from the Islamic, Asian,African/Carribbean, and Tamil outlets were included mainstream charts system what would be the future scenario if the number one for six weeks was from a legendary Asian devotional music singer and what will this do to the nation's musical taste, overnight? Remember the nation's food tastes over twenty five years ago! It is essential to buy the sequel to Musst Musst: 'Night-song'.