6)  Dildar Hussain.

My second nomination who I know only through percussive contributions to a specific stand-out album is Dilder Hussain. My introduction to the Sufi devotional music form ‘Qawwali’ was via the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who I first heard in the early ’80s. However, it was his album ‘Shahen-Shah’, released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World label in 1989, which really hooked me in and this remains a great favourite of mine. It is a wonderful, impassioned recording and the tabla playing – which is credited in the cover booklet to Dildar Hussain – underpins it beautifully.

 

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