“Must Watch, Must Listen” September 2019

MustWatch “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 September 2019.

Nasimi By Sami Yusuf  (Celebrating A Poet)

Vocals: Sami Yusuf, Tayyar Bayramov & Samira Aliyeva
Musical Director: Sami Yusuf
Creative Director: Andrei Boltenko
Lyrics: Imadeddin Nasimi
Label: Andante Records

Azerbaijan: A Timeless Presence album is a breathtaking musical odyssey through a rich artistic and cultural heritage. The music was composed, arranged, and directed by Sami Yusuf for the Opening Ceremony of the 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Baku on June 30, 2019. The performance was directed by the renowned creative director Andrei Boltenko.

The lyrics of this song “Nasimi” from this album come from the poetry of the 14th-century poet Imadeddin Nasimi (1369-1417), who was one of the greatest mystical Turkic poets of his time and the first literary figure to compose in Azerbaijani language. The composer sets an ecstatic mood that evokes Sufi ceremonies through high-energy percussion and dazzling vocal sections.

In this poem, Nasimi returns repeatedly to the contrast between the “two worlds”, the physical and spiritual. “The two worlds are contained in me, but I will not be contained in these worlds. I am the Treasure of no abode, I will not be contained in Being or in creation. I can not be contained, I can not be contained.”

Watch this with Sub-Titles/Closed Captions ON so you can see the lyrics.

Ya Habibal Qolbi  (O, Lover of the Heart)

Vocals: Nissa Sabyan
Music : Sabyan Gambus
Video : Inemamotion
Studio: SBY Record

Ya Habibal Qolbi

Nissa Sabyan is a very popular gambus singer of Indonesian origin and performs as part of the band Sabyan Gambus as a vocalist. Gambus is traditional Indonesian music mixed with Middle-East-derived Islamic vocals and instrumental music.

Watch this with Sub-Titles/Closed Captions ON so you can see the lyrics.

Assalamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you)

Vocals: Harris J
Lyrics: Paddy Dalton, Moh Denebi, Maher Zain & Bara Kherigi
Album: Salam
Label: Awakening Records

Assalamu Alaikum

Harris J is a young British Muslim artist of Indian and Irish heritage signed with Awakening Music after winning Awakening’s social media powered talent contest. He has a passion and natural talent for singing and performing. In July 2015 Harris J graduated from the world renowned BRIT School of Performing Arts in London (alumni include Adele, Amy Winehouse and others).



Author: ismailimail

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