My Mixtape: Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 15:54

Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash represent the seventh generation of a musical lineage known as the Senia Bangash School. Talented sarod players from an early age, each gave their first public performance at just eight years old.

On Tuesday 30 April the two brothers joined their father, the legendary sarod master Amjad Ali Khan, here at Southbank Centre for a special performance of their own timeless interpretations of a classical Indian music repertoire. Ahead of that performance they each shared with us a playlist of some of their favourite music. 

First up, here’s Amaan Ali Bangash’s mixtape, with further more detail about his choices beneath.

Michael Jackson - Beat It 

From the king himself. There are so many memories attached to this song and of course the ultimate pop star, who we all look up to. 

Bryan Adams - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You

A song so serene and beautiful. Straight forward and soul touching.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt 

A gem of a track recorded by Realworld Records that really captures the master’s genius.

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

One of the most beautiful voices I have heard, and such a brilliant song and lyrics. I remember this from the time it was released in the 1980s. 

Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel 

The King of all time. What a path-maker, and what an artist who continues to inspire us even today. 

Michael Bolton - Said I Loved You... But I Lied

I love the work of this artist and have been listening to him regularly for years. 

Amjad Ali Khan - Moksha

Of all my father’s recordings, this one is very special recorded. It was recorded in the UK, in the Realworld Studios back in 2005.


Ayaan Ali Bangash’s mixtape also includes a blend of classical and familiar pop records.

Hilary Hahn - Bach's Partita No. 3, BWV 1006. 

I am in love with this. Hilary plays it par excellence and the way her violin sings here is scintillating.

Sharon Isbin - Asturias 

One of the greatest classical guitarists, Sharon plays this with so much feeling. Great tremolo and rasquedo style. Her execution is so relaxed and flawless, especially the softer passages. I am so honoured to be collaborating with her. 

Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend

An amazingly produced song. This really grows on you. I love the way they shot the video too.

CHVRCHES - Leave A Trace

The offbeat element in this song really intrigued me. The play of melody and rhythm is brilliant. 

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan + Michael Brook - Night Song

This is one of the most epic works ever. Way way ahead of its time. Relevant and inspirational even today, each track here is a gem. I got my copy direct from the RealWorld studios too.

Amjad Ali Khan and Elmira Darvarova - Peaceful Morning

One of my fathers collaborations with Elmira Darvarova from our album Peace Worshippers.It is based on a beautiful morning Raga, a very relaxed track and sublime content. 

Abba - Dancing Queen 

Gold forever. One of the greatest bands ever, One of the most beautiful songs ever. 

Elton John – Sacrifice 

A song about love on so many levels. Each note so pure and straight from the heart. Can get you misty-eyed every time.



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