|Khan, Shafqat Ali / Sublime Sufi|
|Artist:||Khan, Shafqat Ali||Added:||05/2003|
|Label:||Arc Music Inc.|
|Add Date:||2003-11-17||Pull Date:||2004-01-19||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||4 Jan||21 Dec||30 Nov|
|1.||Jul 29, 2004:||Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces |
|4.||Nov 28, 2003:||"In Your Ear..." Post-Turkey Consumption |
|2.||Jan 02, 2004:||The sound of one hand clapping |
Journey to Marwa, Tarasti Ankhay, Sitara
|5.||Nov 24, 2003:||told ya so! |
|3.||Dec 18, 2003:||"In Your Ear..." 6 hours (9am-3pm) Happy Holidays Special |
Being somewhat of a puritan when it comes to sufi music (which encompasses such magnificent, spiritually uplifting genres as the qawali and the ghazal), I find this album a bit of a let down. The mixture of eastern lyrics and western orchestration has been attempted numerous times in the past (e.g., check out Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s collaborations with Peter Gabriel); unfortunately, Shafqat Ali is no NFAK. Still a pretty nice CD for those generally curious about Sufi music, and for its lyrics, which (thank heavens) are still traditional. |
Track 1, Ish Kamal : Begins with a vocal call, then joined by programmed drums, sax, and electronics that mix a modern cadence with the timbre so typical of qawali singers. The lyrics express the sadness of the love-torn Sufi and -- according to some Sufi experts -- that of a God longing to be known as well.
Track 2, Yaad : tale of sleepless longing featuring tabla and mandolin.
Track 4, Sitara : Like #2, #4 is also relatively free of electronics, though it sports a modern bass line.
Track 5, Raqsay Bismil : has a reggae-like feel to it, which merges with the wailing exclamations of the qawali.
Track 7, Journey to Marwa : A return to primordial India. In this lengthy piece Shafqat uses his voice as an instrument, under the accompaniment of sitar music. Moody night raga.
Track 8, Putah Butah : Shafqat performs the well-known ghazal as a ballad set to contemporary music, with mixed success.
|1.||Ish Kamal||5.||Raqsay Bismil|
|3.||Sakhi||7.||Journey to Marwa|