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Land of Sufis
Various Artists
Land of Sufis
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

Well, American "soul music" it's not, but it is in keeping with the usual clever titling of these Shanachie albums from Asia. This set looks at the musical confluence of cultures that is Sufi, with its Hindi and Islamic ro...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Land of Sufis
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Original Release Date: 2/16/1999
Release Date: 2/16/1999
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Middle East, Arabic, Islamic, India & Pakistan, India, Pakistan
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351661722, 669910080757

Synopsis

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Well, American "soul music" it's not, but it is in keeping with the usual clever titling of these Shanachie albums from Asia. This set looks at the musical confluence of cultures that is Sufi, with its Hindi and Islamic roots but with a distinct mesmerizing "soul" made most famous by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The groups here are smaller, closer to a "folk" sound than the sweeping wall of harmoniums and voices of the more famous qawwali. It's best exemplified by Najma and Mumtaz Khanum, the folksy sisters singing with a wild, almost swinging, harmonium. Other tracks feature male and female vocalists, string instruments, and percussion, but all maintain that smallness, the close feeling of a local band playing in a local situation. All the tracks on this set were recorded in Karachi and Lahore and feature performers not heard outside of their home regions. It's all well recorded and effusively annotated. --Louis Gibson
 

CD Reviews

Treasure
P. Fester | Toronto, Canada | 02/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is almost as rare to find good world music as it is finding good 'western' music. A lot of the so called world music is just as processed and polished as what we see on MTV or other music channels. As I was looking through a collection of World Music at a used CD shop I saw this CD. I have been a fan of particularly Middle Eastern music for a few months and have found a few good compilations. This music from Pakistan, is the most beautiful I have heard. the most wonderful of the songs is probably the last, NAAT "Hussan-e Khuda Baghair Hee Hussan-e Rasul Hay", not available as a clip at Amazon.comPlease pick up this CD, you won't regret it."