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Prayer for the Soul of Layla
Jamshied Sharifi
Prayer for the Soul of Layla
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
 
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Iranian-American keyboardist Jamshied Sharifi has the right idea, trying to make his keyboard sound like a "natural" instrument in this ambitious album that blurs the line between world music and New Age. With some strong ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Jamshied Sharifi
Title: Prayer for the Soul of Layla
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alula
Release Date: 9/23/1997
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: World Dance, Traditional Folk, Middle East
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 616498100520

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Iranian-American keyboardist Jamshied Sharifi has the right idea, trying to make his keyboard sound like a "natural" instrument in this ambitious album that blurs the line between world music and New Age. With some strong guests like Moroccan gimbri player Hassan Hakmoun and singing star Paula Cole, he uses Middle Eastern rhythms and ideas as his framework to take his music to another place that exists outside geography. The album is often stunningly beautiful, as on the luminous title track or on "Ammeh Kimia," with the lush voice of Marie Afonso contributing. It's an example of the best worldbeat with Sharifi leading from the back, using his keyboard to sketch the colors while the others provide the detail. Projects like this walk a tightrope--they can either be absolute triumphs or pure slush and Sharifi makes sure his falls in the former category. Spiritual and haunting in the best way, A Prayer repays repeated playing. --Chris Nickson

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Hauntingly beautiful music
Dawn LaRoche (dlaroche@gateway.net) | Gloucester, Massachusetts | 06/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Music more beautiful than this is not to be found. This is the rare album that can reach your soul. Sharifi is a master at weaving together various world music forms into songs that will never leave your heart. Each new listen is a transcendent experience. This music carries you away to other lands and ancient times. I recommend this album to everyone I know. It is sheer, blissful beauty."
A prayer for the sould of layla
lezley chastain | united states-specifically missouri | 01/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"beautiful, soul-stirring music. I have danced to this over and over again, and it's always fresh and stirring. totally suited to belly dancing"
Beautiful Middle Eastern and North African inspired music!
med35 | Canada | 06/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sharifi, among other fine artists, proved that real art and music don't recognize narrow-minded chauvinism and go far beyond one culture.
In this CD, Sharifi's music shows that a true artist doesn't belong to one culture (American, Arabic, Iranian, North African or others) but that beauty in all cultures belongs to him.
That's exactly what defines a global artist and set him apart from the crowd."