JollyGul.com “Must watch, must listen” recommendations of devotional music produced by our community members as well as what is created in the wider Muslim world are out for July 2019.
Mubarak Mawla (A Cappella Version)
Artists: Shakeel Bhamani, Hussain Sajwani, Kais Ali, Faiza Lalani
Arrangers: Kais Ali, Shakeel Bhamani
Producers: Kais Ali, Shakeel Bhamani, Saqeef Ali
Cinematographer Editor: Ramis Nayani of Journey Media
Directors: Shakeel Bhamani, Ramis Nayani
This is a cappella rendition (100% vocals and without instruments) of the iconic Golden Jubilee song Mubarak Mawla originally by Salim-Sulaiman.
A cappella is a genre of music consisting of either an individual person or a group who sing a song without musical accompaniments. The music and the sound effects (i.e. drums, trumpet, wind, etc.) for this track are made with the mouth, there are no actual instruments used.
This is the first a cappella track to be on an official Ismaili album and is now part of The Ismaili USA Diamond Jubilee collection.
The Jamat is encouraged to listen to this song performed by a creative group of young Ismaili talent out of Chicago. We all have to keep our ears and hearts open to new genres and formats of devotional songs, so as to foster creativity, dynamism and diversity in our music scene. Bravo Shakeel and Team!
Salawat – (A Devotional Prayer) Inspired by Afghan-Tajik Folk Tune
Lyrics and Arrangement: Kamal Haji
Performers: Kamal Haji, Shabana Ratani, Fazeelat Ali, Saif Sattani, Zubair Bhimani
Live Percussion: Zubair Bhimani
Album: Reflections Diamond Jubilee USA
“Salawat”, a devotional prayer, is recited to seek help from God, through his messengers. “Allahumma Salle ‘Ala Muhammaddiu(n) Wa Aal-e-Muhammad” means, “O’ God, send Thy blessings upon Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) and his progeny.” Amen!
Kamal Haji is a songwriter with focus on devotional and Sufi content as well as a performer. A data scientist by profession with an MBA from University of Houston, Kamal has been passionately pursuing music since his college days. He has been performing South Asian, Sufi, Pakistani and Bollywood music all over North America over the last 20 years.
Kamal has collaborated with numerous world renowned artists like Salim-Sulaiman and Ustaad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and actively participates in community initiatives with focus on devotional music content, community outreach, inter-faith programs, youth choir and seniors band.
Kamal is the Lead/Creative-Director of South Asian Fusion band, Zikr band, Southwest Ismaili Band and Ismaili Matki band for seniors.
Balaghal Ula (Attaining Exhaltation)
Macedonian/Turkish vocal extraordinaire Mesut Kurtis is regarded one of the biggest stars of nasheed and Islamic Music.
This is the music video of Mesut Kurtis’s new song “Balaghal Ula”, from his new album “Balaghal Ula”. Filmed in Kairouan – Tunisia, in its old city and in the Great Mosque of Kairouan.