Also the songs from Sufi poets of Sindh and Rajasthan, including Mira Bai, Kabir, Lal .Shahbâz Qalandar, Bulleh Shah and Baba Ghulam Farid are sung by Mame Khan with élan and full of joy. His Stage performances include the most illustrious national as well as international platforms. His voice has graced musical events and platforms in India and around the world from Europe to Africa from America to the Gulf Countries. Apart from his Indian Ensemble Mame Khan is the main vocal of a French – Iranian fusion ensemble, called Badila. He is as well the main vocal of the famous Manganiyar Seduction by Roysten Able and he as borrowed his voice to some of the most popular Bollywood movie such as No one Killed Jessica, Luck By Chance and I am. Most recently he performed for Amit Trivedi episode on Coke Studio @ MTV.
Here are some of the excerpts from an interview with this accomplished artist
Tell us something about yourself, how you started your journey in music.
I am born and brought up in a small town in Rajasthan, near Jaisalmer. I actually belong to a traditional musician family, our family performs a special oral tradition since 15 generations.
My musical journey started right at the days of my childhood. Being together with my father Rana Khan – who was a legendary singer himself- has always inspired me.
When I got up early morning I could hear my father’s voice rehearsing and when I went to sleep, it was with his songs in my ears.”
What is the inspiration behind your music?
It´s my father and his songs who inspire me every day. In his memory I travel around the globe and I try to keep our beautiful family tradition alive. I also love to travel, to me on the move…meet new people and to get the chance to touch the heart of people with my music. By the end my music is my happiness in life and I like to share this!”
Who are some of the artists who have inspired your style of music ,if you would like to mention them.
Being a traditional Manganiyar musician, I sing our traditional folk and Sufi songs… I would say it’s a whole community of folk and sufi artists who influenced me on my musical journey.And surely, my father played an important role in my training.”
Which are some of the most memorable performances of yours in your musical journey?
I am sure there is always more to come ;) You might ask me in 50 years
What gives you more satisfaction as a musician- creating new music or performing or jamming?
For me playing live concerts is everything to me! My heart and soul, and body everything unites when I perform.”
What is your practice regime? How much do you practice on daily basis?
It depends much on the situation I am in…Often I travel a lot and it is difficult to find any daily routine and timing. But if travel and time allows, I practice every morning for several hours.”
What would you like to say to some of the young , budding artists who want aspire to become a musician like you?
I ll just say that of you want to do this, then practice a lot, be honest and brave in what you do and most important enjoy music!