For every piece by Shakti (or even the exuberant interpretations by the woefully neglected Ananda Shankar), there are at least a dozen fusion albums that I'd like to erase from my memory.
But listen to how the Derek Trucks Band makes a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan composition, sung so passionately by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, all their own.
Derek's glissando notes are a thing of beauty (and unprocessed beauty at that - he never uses effects and pedals.) When he repeats the qawwal's phrases (for e.g., at around 1'20 or 6'15 in "Maki Madni"), you forget this is a musician who cut his teeth playing blues and rock like his uncle.
Give Maki Madni a listen. You will like it. (Napster requires free registration.)
Philzone.com interviewed the young guitarist who's often compared to the late great Duane Allman.
Amit Varma wrote a fantastic piece upon meeting Rahat Fateh Ali Khan earlier this year.
P.S.: Anybody here that can translate/annotate the lyrics of the song?