Post updated with Music CD insert and audio clips below
A musical journey from Central Asia, Golden Melodies Vol.1 is a private initiative to commemorate the Aga Khan’s Golden Jubilee. It is a blend of new and classical poetry, traditional yet innovative.
The idea of sharing the Central Asian poetry and melodies came during my memorable five-year journey in the mountain valleys of Badakshan, Tajikistan, where I was involved in educational programs with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).
You can visit www.iExpressions.ca to see the photos of my journey in Tajikistan and in the Hunza Valley while sampling some audio clips of the poems/Qasidas.
Golden Melodies seeks to promote cultural understanding and increased dialogue through words & melodies inspired by mystical poets such as Rumi and his universal message of love which is at the heart of these compositions. UNESCO has declared 2007 as the Year of Rumi.
Many have contributed to this recording including the Afghan community in Canada, helping in documenting and preserving these precious words and melodies. My special thanks to all of them. Tashakur, Khulugh.
As a result of the CD sales to date, we raised $500.00 donated to the Aga Khan Foundation to support social development funds. Thank you to all those who have participated in and contributed to this important initiative.
Karima Kara | iExpressions2007@gmail.com