Live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Date of release: 1 Oct, 2019

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Tracklist + Liner Notes

  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.

    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

    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

  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.

    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

    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

  3. Hamziyya [Live]

    ‘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

  4. Track 04
  5. Track 05
  6. Track 06
  7. Track 07
  8. Track 08
  9. Track 09
  10. Track 10
  11. Track 11

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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