Live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Date of release: 1 Oct, 2019

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  1. Taqsīm (Maqām Nahāwand) [Live]

    DESCRIPTION
    Live from the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music this year, this exquisite kanun solo piece, ‘Taqsim’, takes the most subtle longings of the soul and turns them into sound. Ethereal and and intensely beautiful, this evocative instrumental is masterfully performed by Onur Cicin in maqam Nahawand with allusions to Bayati.

    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

    CREDITS
    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

    Published by Andante Records & Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World
    Copyright of Andante Records. All Rights Reserved.

  2. The Key (Lamma Bada Yatathanna) [Live]

    DESCRIPTION
    Recorded live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in June 2019, Sami Yusuf’s latest single ‘The Key’ is based on a famous centuries-old Andalusian folk song. This musically rich piece is beautifully performed here by world class musicians accompanying Sami Yusuf’s signature vocals. New English lyrics along with the original Arabic poem weave together seamlessly to create a stunning sound that is peaceful, exotic and centering.

    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

    CREDITS
    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

    Published by Andante Records & Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the World
    Copyright of Andante Records. All Rights Reserved.

Album Description

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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