Niyaz / Nine Heavens
Album: Nine Heavens   Collection:World
Artist:Niyaz   Added:Jul 2008
Label:Six Degrees Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-08-17 Pull Date: 2008-10-19 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 19 Oct 12 Oct 5 Sep 21 Sep 14 Sep 7 Aug 31 Aug 24
Airplays: 2 2 1 1 3 3 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 23, 2013: Music Casserole
Ishq - Love And The Veil (Acoustic)
4. Jan 04, 2011: Fo at the Café Bohemian
Allah Mazare (Acoustic)
2. Feb 09, 2013: New World Disorder
Beni Beni
5. May 29, 2010: New World Disorder
Beni Beni
3. Sep 10, 2011: New World Disorder
Beni Beni
6. Apr 24, 2010: New World Disorder
Beni Beni

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2008-08-17
Niyaz – Nine Heavens
Reviewed by Sadie O., 8/15/08
Stunningly gorgeous Middle Eastern (mostly Iranian) music combining traditional instrumentation and a bit of electronics with traditional poetry. Azam Ali has an amazing voice, and the playing and interpretation is flawless. CD 1 is the main CD, and CD 2 has the acoustic versions. Ordinarily I’m not a big fan of acoustic versions, but these really showcase the fine playing and singing, and are simply excellent.
Nothing in English – FCCs extremely unlikely. Everything is fantastic.
CD 1:
1. ****forceful and simple midtempo beat, lovely stringed things and female vocals. Sufi poetry, Turkish tune.
2. **ethereal electronics, trance-y drone, pretty, warbly vocals. Urdu love song.
3. **drones and echoes, sad traditional Iranian song. Gets drums and energy after a minute and a half – lovely strings.
4. ***flutes and drones intro, tabla and lush instrumentation and singing. Urdu poem of unrequited love, much in common with Indian secular music.
5. ***drone fade-in, slow and swingy groove, traditional Iranian song about springtime. Lovely stuff.
6. *flutes and drones, no beat, very slow and ethereal, Urdu religio-philosophical poetry.
7. ***midtempo lilting groove and strings, Persian poem of celebration.
8. ***swingy instrumental hand drums and strings – should we eat dates or dance?
9. ***fade-in to midtempo 4/4 beat with strings and drones, Persian love poetry.
CD 2:
1. ***forceful hand drums, strings – the vocals get to shine. (traditional Iranian song about springtime)
2. **vocals and simple hand drums intro, much more austere than studio version. (Sufi poetry, Turkish tune.)
3. ***rather martial hand drums, fast strings – very different mood from studio version. (Persian love poetry.)
4. **plucked strings and relaxed drums – mellow and gorgeous. Great drums near end. (Urdu love song.)
5. *ethereal intro – very sad sounding. Drums and strings after 1.5 minutes. (traditional Iranian song.)
6. **swingy drums, solo strings taking turns. Groovy instrumental.
7. **tabla and sitar (?), flutes – Indian sound, very pretty. (Urdu poem of unrequited love)
8. ***strong drums, pretty strings. (Persian poem of celebration.)

Track Listing
1. Beni Beni   9. Sadrang
2. Tamana   10. Allah Mazare (Acoustic)
3. Feraghi - Song Of Exile   11. Beni Beni (Acoustic)
4. Ishq - Love And The Veil   12. Sadrang (Acoustic)
5. Allah Mazare   13. Tamana (Acoustic)
6. Iman   14. Feraghi - Song Of Exile (Acoustic)
7. Malk-E-Divan   15. Hejran (Acoustic)
8. Bejran   16. Ishq - Love And The Veil (Acoustic)
  17. Malk-E-Divan (Acoustic)