Bollywood star brings Khan dynasty back to Coventry

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

A global Bollywood music star can’t wait to perform in front of thousands of fans in Coventry – with a new show format no audience has seen.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will be performing four hours of his greatest Qawwali hits at the Ricoh Arena on Friday August 12 – over 30 years after visiting the city with his late uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as part of his 1985 tour.

Qawwali is a form of devotional music popular in South Asia and its history stretches back over 700 years.

It’s been a whirlwind period for the Pakistani singer, who has recently celebrated his latest theme tune Jag Ghoomeya from Bollywood movie Sultan reaching number one in the charts, as well as another of his songs, Zahoori Ta, clocking up 100 million views on YouTube.

The 42-year-old was also at Oxford University yesterday to receive an honorary shield and tour the site where a 200-year old music room was opened for him to visit and perform with music students.

Rahat said: “I’m really excited to have been given the opportunity to perform in front of my fans in the Midlands.

“People can expect a real showcase performance from me. For the first time ever, I’ll be performing in a new show format which no fans will have seen before, but I’m confident the Midlands crowd will be the best audience to catch the first glimpse.

“I’ll be breaking my performance into three different parts - the first of which will be a range of iconic Bollywood anthems over the last 30 years, which will then lead onto the second part of 45 minutes of devotional love songs in an unplugged format followed by a host of Qawwali songs to see me close the show.”

Andy Gibb, managing director of the Ricoh Arena, said: “We were amazed to find out only just recently that Rahat has already performed in Coventry while under the tutelage of his uncle, so we’d love to be able to find some people who went to one of the Midlands concerts more than 30 years ago to hear about their memories and invite them along to see Rahat live.”

Tickets for Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s greatest hits concert start from £20. Calling 024 7678 6411 or visit www.eticketing.co.uk/ricoharena to book.