At this point, introductory poetic verses are sung. These are usually drawn not from the main song, but from other thematically related songs. The melody is improvised within the structure of the raga. For example, listen to the verses being sung in a relatively straightforward way in one performance. Now compare this to the same verses being sung in another performance with more improvisation. After the introductory verses, the main song Allah Hu, and the rhythmic portion of the song begins.
The tabla and dholak begin to play, and the chorus aids and abets percussion by clapping their hands. The song proceeds in a call and response format. The same song may be sung quite differently by different groups.
The lyrics will be essentially the same, but the melody can differ depending on which gharana or lineage the group belongs to. As is traditional in qawwali, Nusrat and the side-singers Allah Hu interject alap solos, and fragments of other poems or even improvised lyrics A song usually has two or three sets of refrains, which can be compared to the verse chorus structure found in western music.
Songs last about 20 minutes on average, with a few lasting an hour or more. Nusrat was noted for introducing other forms of improvisation into the style.
From his classical music training, he would interject much more complex alap improvisations, with more vibrato and note bending listen here. He would also interject sargam improvisations listen here. While it is undoubtedly difficult to put into words what makes Nusrat's music appeal so deeply to so many listeners, many of whom do not understand a single word of the languages Let Me Kiss You - Morrissey - You Are The Quarry sings in, here is one fan's attempt to explain: "Nusrat's music invites us to eavesdrop on a man Allah Hu with his God, ever so eloquently.
He makes the act of singing a passionate offering to God. But we do not merely eavesdrop. The deepest part of Nusrat's magic lies in the fact Allah Hu he is able to bring our hearts to resonate with the music, so deeply, that we ourselves become full partners in that offering. He sings to God, and by listening, we Allah Hu sing to God.
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