The Rough Guide To Sufi Music
Passionate and ecstatic, spiritual and entrancing, Sufi music acts as a uniquely valuable bridge between East and West reflecting the most accessible, liberal and pluralistic aspects of Islam. Curated by best-selling author William Dalrymple, this Rough Guide takes you on a journey from the traditional dervish and qawwali forms to explore the modern innovators inspired by the spirit of Sufism.
'This fascinating CD takes the listener to the mystical, liberal side of Islam, where the puritanical and negative effects of orthodoxy do not hold.' The Independent On Sunday
'William Dalrymple... compiled this fascinating disc... a good introduction, with a great bonus CD of Bengali fakirs.' 4**** stars. The Evening Standard
'Superb selection of contemporary Sufi music... an inspiring musical package' 4**** stars, Limelight (Australia)
Includes bonus Sufi Fakirs Of Bengal CD
- Listen Buy MP3 Kudsi Erguner: Zikr (Excerpt) (2:00)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ensemble Al Kindi & Sheikh Habboush: Djoubi (5:46)
- Listen Buy MP3 Sain Zahoor: Allah Hoo (8:26)
- Listen Buy MP3 M. Abdul Gani, M. Haja Maideen & S. Sabur Maideen: The Saint (6:45)
- Listen Buy MP3 Modou Gaye: Sindidi (7:29)
- Listen Buy MP3 Cheikh Lo: Zikr (4:01)
- Listen Buy MP3 Gaudi + Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Jab Teri Dhun Main Raha Karte They (5:24)
- Listen Buy MP3 Arif Lohar & Meesha Shafi: Alif Allah Chambey Di Booty (8:40)
- Listen Buy MP3 Transglobal Underground: Ali Mullah (6:17)
- Listen Buy MP3 Ahmad Sham Sufi Qawwali Group: Zikre Tu Chee Shireen Ast (Your Prayer Is So Sweet!) (6:43)
- Listen Buy MP3 Reshma: Hai Rabba (3:48)
- Listen Buy MP3 Sanam Marvi: Manzil-e-Sufi (5:52)
- Listen Buy MP3 Cheb I Sabbah: Madh Assalhin (Praising Of The Saints) (8:11)
- Listen Buy MP3 Noor Alam: Dilkabate Tin Daraja (6:41)
- Listen Buy MP3 Arman Fakir: Aj Mehfil Kabar Nishana (5:04)
- Listen Buy MP3 Akkas Fakir: Ayat Koran Pore Sudhu Naam Thikana (5:20)
- Listen Buy MP3 Babu Fakir: Khajababa (4:48)
- Listen Buy MP3 Akkas Fakir: Dayal Data Kyabla Kaba (4:09)
- Listen Buy MP3 Babu Fakir: Ay Boro Peer (4:02)
- Listen Buy MP3 Arman Fakir: Dillite Nizamuddin (4:45)
- Listen Buy MP3 Arati Biswas: Asraful Aulia (5:10)
- Listen Buy MP3 Golam Fakir: Ei Baganer Malik Jara (3:48)
Sufism is the inner mystical dimension of Islam. Sufi’s believe it is possible to bring oneself close to God in the present life, as well as after death. Music plays a central role in the Sufi tradition and provides a valuable way of getting closer to God. Today whether it is being sung in devotion at a religious shrine, pumping out of a car radio, blasting out of a nightclub sound-system or is being danced to under the stars at a music festival, the Sufi sound is alive and kicking across the globe.
The renowned Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was, until his death, unarguably the most famous Sufi singer in the world. His unfathomable on-stage energy and intensely dexterous vocals brought qawwali music to the world stage. On this Rough Guide the ‘Elvis of the East’ is remixed and reinvented by London-based dub and electronica producer Gaudi. Also hailing from Pakistan, Sain Zahoor is a holy minstrel who rose to fame via word-of-mouth recommendations that eventually led to his performance at a festival of Sufi music in London. Two tracks featured on this album are the product of the popular Coke Studios project in Pakistan. The TV series features live performances and aims to inspire fusions of traditional and contemporary Pakistani music. The track ‘Manzil-e-Sufi’ by Sindhi devotional singer Sanam Marvi is taken from the Coke Studios album. As is the hugely popular Punjabi folk and rock inspired track, ‘Alif Allah Chambey Di Booty’, by Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi.
The engimatic dread-locked singer Cheikh Lo, is a member of the Baye Fall, a Sufi Mouride sect. Cheikh Lo is based in Senegal and his music is infused with Sufi sensibilities and infectious reggae vibes. Also from Senegal Mdou Gaye is a Sufi Jazz singer and player of the hang, a metallic percussion instrument physically related to the steelpan. A track by the London-based collective, Transglobal Underground features their work with singer Natacha Atlas and the Rajasthan gypsy group, Musafir.
The bonus CD presents The Rough Guide To Sufi Fakirs of Bengal. The music on this album has not been released outside of India until now.