My father-in-law introduced me to the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan a few years ago, but it turned out I already knew his music -- or at least his voice. I just didn't know I knew it. He did some amazing vocals on the "Dead Man Walking" soundtrack, and he also provided some haunting sounds on Peter Gabriel's single "Signal to Noise." If you don't know that latter song by name, it's the music that scored the opening battle in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" (2002).
Anyway, NPR did a nice piece on Ali Khan yesterday, and only then did I learn that the Pakinstani has been dead since 1997. Which explains why Gabriel used a recording of Ali Khan's voice when performing "Signal to Noise" live in 2003. It all makes sense now.