Su

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
"Su" is the Turkish word for "water," and water is the theme that unifies all of the tracks on this strange and deeply beautiful album. Featuring musical elements and guest musicians from India, Iran, the Balkans, Mediterranean Europe and Britain, as well as Mercan Dede's native Turkey, Su draws on Sufi mysticism for its symbolism and on just about everything else in the world for its melodies and beats. That's not to say that the sound is cluttered or frenetic, though -- there is a deep calm to this music, a consistent beauty that sometimes gives way to eeriness even as jaunty didgeridoos and jazzy breakbeats float in and out of the mix. "Ab-I Nâfi" offers some of the ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
"Su" is the Turkish word for "water," and water is the theme that unifies all of the tracks on this strange and deeply beautiful album. Featuring musical elements and guest musicians from India, Iran, the Balkans, Mediterranean Europe and Britain, as well as Mercan Dede's native Turkey, Su draws on Sufi mysticism for its symbolism and on just about everything else in the world for its melodies and beats. That's not to say that the sound is cluttered or frenetic, though -- there is a deep calm to this music, a consistent beauty that sometimes gives way to eeriness even as jaunty didgeridoos and jazzy breakbeats float in and out of the mix. "Ab-I Nâfi" offers some of the album's funkiest moments, with its thrumming string bass, dubwise production effects and rap interlude courtesy of Turkish rapper Ceza. "Ab-I Zen" is similarly rhythmically compelling, though in a more laid-back, trip-hoppy way. On the more contemplative side are the beautiful "Ab-I Beka" which features the wonderful Indian singer Susheela Raman and "Ab-I Çesm," which is based on a traditional melody from the Kerkuk region of Iraq. This is an album that amply rewards repeated listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • Label: La Escondida
  • UPC: 617465651021
  • Catalog Number: 6510
  • Sales rank: 108,713

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 AB-I Rû (5:22)
  2. 2 AB-I Lâ'l - Sheema Mukherjee (5:44)
  3. 3 AB-I Zen (5:51)
  4. 4 AB-I Tarab (6:19)
  5. 5 AB-I Beka - Susheela Raman (6:30)
  6. 6 AB-I Hayat (7:40)
  7. 7 AB-I Cesm (Kerbela) - Sabahat Akkiraz (5:44)
  8. 8 AB-I Nâr (5:43)
  9. 9 AB-I Beste (6:30)
  10. 10 SB-I Nâfi (5:06)
  11. 11 AB-I Hazân - Dhafer Youssef (6:19)
  12. 12 AB-I Verd (9:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mercan Dede Primary Artist, Percussion, Electronic Sounds, Bendir, Reed Flute
Hugh Marsh Keyboards, Electric Violin
Dhafer Youssef Vocals
Susheela Raman Vocals, Guest Appearance
Göksel Baktagir Quanun
Sheema Mukherjee Sitar
Sabahat Akkiraz Vocals
Serhan Yasdiman Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar
Eyüp Hamis kaval, Reed Flute
Serkan Alkan Percussion
Huseyin Ceylan Percussion
Ceza Vocals, Rap
Ismail Darici Percussion, Cello, Tef
Muhittin Darici Cello
Ozcan Denez Vocals
Erol Parlak Baglama
Özcan Deniz Vocals
Aykut Sütoglu Clarinet, Trumpet
Technical Credits
Hugh Marsh Composer
Mercan Dede Arranger, Composer, Producer
Susheela Raman Composer
Sheema Mukherjee Composer
Sabahat Akkiraz Arranger, Composer
Serkan Alkan Sound Effects, Engineer
Ozcan Denez Arranger, Sound Effects
Cevdet Erek Engineer
Özcan Deniz Arranger, Sound Effects
Pieter Snapper Mastering
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