Now this is what you call a live performance! Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a show stopper, dedicated artiste and has a huge fan following in Kenya. Thus, Saturday night 22nd February, the KICC’s Tsavo Ballroom was sold out without any major advertising platforms but mostly word of mouth advice. Organized by Ranee Productions, the show also brought together the who’s who of Kenya including the Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi, M.P, Dr Hassan Wario Arero Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts, Hon. Irshad Sumra, M.P. Embakasi, H.E. Mr Rafiuzzaman Siddiqui, High Comm of Pakistan and Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal. The title sponsor of the show was Crown Paints Kenya, co-sponsors East African Breweries Ltd, Prime Bank and supported by Dr Hooria Chisti of Global Watch Live. Dr Hassan Wario acknowledged the cultural contribution music makes to the country and Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi, reminded the audience that we are all Kenyan and the bringing down of the peace monument in Kisumu should not deter us from our identity of one people, one nation.
The real stars were the fans, who danced, sang along and thoroughly enjoyed the show. Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan appeared on stage after a grand introduction via video consisting of his tours around the world and when he started singing, he showed what real qawali music is all about and talent. He was accompanied by a set of talented musicians. The crowd repeatedly called for “once more”.