Sumud

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
For those who have grown up with Western pop music and who don't speak Arabic or Persian or Turkish, the temptation when listening to a Niyaz album is simply to sit back and let the sinuous grooves and "exotic" melodies wash over you in a state of blissful Orientalist incomprehension. But that's always been a good way to miss a significant part of what this band is doing. While the lyrical themes of their first two albums have focused mainly on issues related to Iranians in exile around the world, their third, titled Sumud Steadfastness deals with broader issues of cultural diaspora and ethnic minority status. The program draws on Kurdish, Turkish, Afghani, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
For those who have grown up with Western pop music and who don't speak Arabic or Persian or Turkish, the temptation when listening to a Niyaz album is simply to sit back and let the sinuous grooves and "exotic" melodies wash over you in a state of blissful Orientalist incomprehension. But that's always been a good way to miss a significant part of what this band is doing. While the lyrical themes of their first two albums have focused mainly on issues related to Iranians in exile around the world, their third, titled Sumud Steadfastness deals with broader issues of cultural diaspora and ethnic minority status. The program draws on Kurdish, Turkish, Afghani, and Palestinian material as well as folk songs from Iran; some of the songs are traditional folk music, while others are settings of secular and mystical poems from the 11th to the 17th centuries. For the most part, the songs are not directly political; instead, they tend to address predictable themes of love and longing, cultural tolerance, suffering as a shared experience, and endurance. But for those with ears to hear, there are subtle messages about the ultimate ineffectuality of borders, the implications of universal experience, and cultural resistance. If you are uninterested in such messages, there is still the option of sitting back and letting Ali's gorgeous voice and the band's tough, dark, powerful grooves carry you away.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036118720
  • Catalog Number: 361187
  • Sales rank: 37,991

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Parishaan (3:55)
  2. 2 Sosin (3:36)
  3. 3 Shah Sanam (4:41)
  4. 4 Mazaar (5:41)
  5. 5 Vafa (5:40)
  6. 6 Dertli (4:18)
  7. 7 Masooz (4:05)
  8. 8 Rayat Al Sumud (3:21)
  9. 9 Mahtaab (4:35)
  10. 10 Arzusun (6:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Niyaz Primary Artist
Carmen Rizzo Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, electronics
A.R. Rahman Vocals
Azam Ali Percussion, Vocals, Santoor
Loga Ramin Torkian Guitar, Saz, Viol, Kaman, Rabab, Jumbus
Alex Bellegarde Upright Bass
Kamal Sabri Sarungi
Salar Nader Tabla
Omer Avci Percussion
Ulas Ozdemir Saz, Vocals
Naser Musa Vocals, Oud
Habib Meftah Boushehri Flute, Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Carmen Rizzo Producer, Engineer
Azam Ali Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Artwork, Artistic Director
Loga Ramin Torkian Producer, Engineer, Artistic Director
Niyaz Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Muharrem Temiz Composer
Omer Avci Engineer
Elaine Lafond Artistic Director
Ulas Ozdemir Composer
Naser Musa Composer
Dale Becker Mastering
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