Hamziyya (Live)

Date of release: 6 Nov, 2019

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Hamziyya (Live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music)

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  1. Hamziyya (Live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music)

    Ṣalli yā Rabbi thumma sallim ‘alā man
    So pray my Lord and bestow blessings upon him

    Huwa li-l-khalqi raḥmatun wa-shifā’un
    Who is for all mankind, a grace and a healing

    Wa-‘ala l-āli wa-ṣ-ṣaḥābati jam‘an
    So also on his fair Companions and kinsmen

    Ma tazayyanat bi-n-nujūmi s-samā’u
    With blessings that abide like the sky’s lofty ceiling.

    So pray my Lord and bestow blessings upon him
    Who is for all mankind, a grace and a healing

    So also on his fair Companions and kinsmen
    With blessings that abide like the sky’s lofty ceiling.

    Accept and pity them as my intercessor
    Upon the day when all need an intercessor.

    And in this gloomy age keep me and my people
    For in our day our power has grown faint and feeble.

    For in these times the faith is once more a stranger
    Thus did you once foretell, the decent in danger.

    So catch us lest we fall in the pit of peril
    For on this day we tire, after blunder and quarrel.

     

    Maqām: Sīkāh-‘Ajam (with allusions to Rāst)
    Commentary: The lyrics of this song come from portions of the thousand-verse Hamziyya (poem rhyming in hamza) of the renowned Palestinian scholar Yusuf Nabahani (d. 1932). It describes the Prophet’s life and character and is frequently recited during Mawlid celebrations to commemorate the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday. The melody sung here is inspired by group chants of the Shadhili-Darqawi-‘Alawi Sufi Order in Mostaghanem, Algeria. The melody has been slightly modified to fit the English lyrics (which are a translation of the original Arabic). English lyrics and translation provided by Dr. Tim Winter.

    Words by Yusuf Nabahani
    Music: Traditional Algerian
    Performed and arranged by Sami Yusuf
    Recorded at Andante Studios

Description

‘Hamziyya’ is a multi-layered piece that brings together music inspired by an Algerian mystical chant with a melody suggestive of the English folk tradition. In the interweaving of these musical expressions the listener can hear how traditional music is always in harmony, never dissonant. ‘Hamziyya’ was initially released on Sami Yusuf’s album Barakah, but this is a completely new arrangement with a never-before-heard Taqsīm composition in the Intro.

The Intro was performed for the first time at the 2019 Fes Festival of Sacred Music. In it each solo instrument explores a unique maqam or musical mode: Sīkah (qanun), Bayāti (bağlama), Rāst (ney), Hījāz (oud), and eventually returning to Rāst. Each of these modes is known to have a distinct emotional effect on the listener. Here the transitions from one mode to another are arranged to evoke various stages of an inner journey.

The lyrics come from portions of the thousand-verse Hamziyya (poem rhyming in hamza) by the renowned Palestinian scholar Yusuf Nabhani (d. 1932). Because it describes the Prophet’s life and character, it’s frequently recited during Mawlid celebrations of the Prophet’s (pbuh) birthday.

CREDITS

Music Composed and Arranged by Sami Yusuf
(Refrain based on a mystical Algerian chant)
Words by Yusuf Nabhani

English translation by T J Winter
Additional translation by Yousef Casewit and Saad Ansari

FOH & Recording Engineer: Sachin Savio
Monitor Engineer: Diego Biagioni

Mixed & Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

PERFORMERS (From right to left):

Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: daf, bendir & vocals
Ömer Avci: bendir, tef, kudum & vocals
Onur Cicin: qanun
Sezgin Yaman: oud
Emre Kayacan: kemanche
Hasan Kirkisoglu: ney
Mahyar Toreihi: santoor
Hüseyin Can Pala: bağlama

AND

Sami Yusuf

Special thanks to Ismail Boujia & his group for joining as guest vocalists (From right to left):

Mostafa El Lachkar
Ismail Boujia
Elouafi Mohammed
Hamza Idrissi
Mohammed El Alami
Abderrazak Idrissi

ABOUT THE ALBUM

Sami Yusuf’s ‘Live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music’ is an album of new compositions and unique arrangements by the celebrated musician. Recorded at the 2019 Festival, ‘Live at the Fes Festival’ is a celebration of sacred music inspired by a rich legacy of mystical poems, rhythms, and melodies that span centuries. Here Sami Yusuf is accompanied in these new works by master musicians from around the world performing on traditional instruments, and is joined by the renowned Moroccan singer Ismail Boujiya and his group.

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