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Various / Sufi Soul / Echos du Paradis

Sufi Soul / Echos du Paradis

Following Desert Blues and Road of the Gypsies, Network now presents the latest double CD in the exquisite high-format box. Sufi Soul has been created in close collaboration with Sufi experts Jean During in Paris and Peter Pannke in Berlin. For the Sufi mystics, music is the medium by which the human soul can approach the divine. Even the earliest travellers to the Orient were fascinated by the self-absorption and mystical ecstacy of the Dervishes, expressed in their weightless whirling. The Eastern and African Sufi orders are capable of using recitation, music, dance and breathing techniques to transport themselves and their audience into states of ecstacy and union with the divine. The double CD Sufi Soul is the first to offer a complete cross-section of some of the most powerful Sufi music all the way from Morocco to South-East Asia. The variety of forms presented here ranges from the delicately plaintive voice of Munadjat Yultichieva from Tashkent to the hypnotic staccati of the sorud -- a stringed instrument used in the Desert of Baluchistan to heal those possessed by spirits -- and includes the rattling breath-tones of the Dervishes. The most important instrument used by the Sufi is the ney reed flute. Wrenched from its natural habitat among the rushes, the reed flute in the hands of the musician symbolizes the pain of separation and longing for the homeland. According to Peter Gabriel, this is "music that touches you, and whose magic does not let you go." The German daily Tageszeitung is no less enthusiastic: "The music of the Sufi is the most swinging religious music there is". Sufi Soul contains 21 titles (6 of them unpublished up to date), more than 140 minutes of music from Tadzhikistan, Uzbekhistan, Turkey Syria, Afghanistan, Morocco, Iran, Egypt, Senegal, Kurdistan, Baluchistan and Pakistan. It also includes a rare Japanese piece by Nusrat Fateh ali Khan, who has done more than any other individual to spread the qawwali -- the mystical music of the Sufi of Pakistan -- throughout the world. There are also some rare Ashik ballads from Turkey, dance-like devotionals by a women´s ensemble from Kurdistan, and trance rituals by the Moroccan gnaoua brotherhood as well as a very rare, 30 year old recording of the Iranian singer Khatereh Parvaneh.

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