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 August 2019.
Tu Kuja Man Kuja (Where are you, where am I)
Artist: Yumna Ajin
Lyrics: Muzaffar Warsi
Music: Yumna Ajin Qawali Band
“Tu Kuja Man Kuja” is a qawwali with lyrics by Muzaffar Warsi, and originally composed by the maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Tu Kuja Man Kuja is Farsi – ‘Where are you, Where am I’, meaning: mine is a lowly station, and yours exalted beyond imagination. Except for the first line, the entire song is in Hindi.
Rahmanur Rahim (Oh Merciful and Kind)
Artist: Nazeel Azami
Lyrics: Nazeel Azami
Composition: Ustaad Firooz
Nazeel Azami is an English singer-songwriter and teacher of Bangladesh descent. He combines different languages, themes and cultures in his songs, and expresses pain as well as joy. The songs and recitals are retrospective thoughts on some of Azami’s personal experiences, and about life as a “seeker” aspiring to be at one with the world of God. “Rahmanur Rahim” has Arabic and English lyrics.
Azami developed his music talent at a very young age after his mother encouraged him to memories and recite spiritual poetry and songs. He was also influenced by his maternal uncle who was a singer-songwriter and poet.
Saqi-E-Bawafa (A humble poet, I am)
Vocals: Usman Shakeel
Lyrics: Shams Tabrizi
Produced by: Shamsher Rana, Ibrahim Akram, Varqa Faraid
Director: Ali Sattar
Saakin’s Sufi epic Saqi-e-Bawafa rendition of a poem by Shams Tabrizi won LUX 2019 Award under “Best Emerging Talent in Music” category.
Saakin is a band from Islamabad, Pakistan includes drummer Ibrahim Akram, guitarist Ali Hamdani, vocalist Usman Shakeel, Varqa Faraid on keyboard and Parham Faraid on Bass.