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‘Madad’ is the Arabic version of Sami Yusuf’s Azerbaijani composition ‘Nasimi’ from his ‘A Timeless Presence’ album. Capturing all the magic of its live performance, ‘Madad’ premiered and was recorded at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. The Arabic lyrics are inspired by traditional North African Sufi poetry. Although its authors come from different ethnic origins and times from Imadaddin Nasimi, in the wisdom of their expression we see the connection they share to the timeless, placeless world of the spirit.
Composed and Arranged by Sami Yusuf Words by Muhammad al-Buzidi
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
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
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Sami Yusuf’s latest album ‘Live at the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music’ was born of his desire to translate for a global audience the rich musical language of cultures stretching from Andalusia, North Africa, and Arabia to Turkey and beyond. His desire is realised here: the music is refined, and whether meditative or ecstatic, it is all connected by remarkable emotional depth of expression. In its melodic Arabic love songs, its rhythmic chants of North African Sufi lodges, its trance-like Turkish ilahis of the whirling dervishes – this is the visionary work of a composer and performer at the top of his game. Directing an international ensemble of master instrumentalists on traditional acoustic instruments – tar, santur, qanun, kemanche, ney and more – and joined by a renowned Moroccan vocal group, in this 16-track album Sami Yusuf delivers all the magic of the live performance that held his Fes audience spellbound.
2019 was Sami’s second time headlining this prestigious festival, the first time was 2009, joining the ranks of earlier headliners such as Ravi Shankar, Paco de Lucia, Youssou N’Dour, Joan Baez, Björk and Ben Harper.
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