Sufi Music (special edition + bonus CD)
World Music Network
Passionate and ecstatic, spiritual and entrancing, Sufi music acts as a uniquely valuable bridge between East and West reflecting the most accessible, liberal and pluralistic aspects of Islam. Curated by best-selling author William Dalrymple, this Rough Guide takes you on a journey from the traditional dervish and qawwali forms to explore the modern innovators inspired by the spirit of Sufism.
Exciting and entrancing, exciting and fascinating, Sufi music acts as a bridge between East and West, showing its most accessible, liberal and pluralistic Islam. Curated by writer William Dalrymple, this new compilation of the Rough Guide series takes us to the discovery of Sufi culture on a musical journey that ranges from traditional qawwali and dervish forms to modern innovators influenced by the spirit of Sufism. In this new edition, as a bonus CD is also proposed a second anthology: The Rough Guide To Sufi Fakirs Of Bengal. During their five hundred years of history, the fakirs of Bengal refused to conform to the conventions of Bengali society. They have preserved and handed down a series of esoteric spiritual teachings, breathing, sex, asceticism, philosophy and mystical devotion. They also perpetuated an incredible treasure of moving and enigmatic songs about love, humanity and devotion. In this collection you can enjoy a small part of this extraordinary cultural heritage.
'This fascinating CD takes the listener to the mystical, liberal side of Islam, where the puritanical and negative effects of orthodoxy do not hold.' The Independent On Sunday
'William Dalrymple... compiled this fascinating disc... a good introduction, with a great bonus CD of Bengali fakirs.' 4**** stars. The Evening Standard
'Superb selection of contemporary Sufi music... an inspiring musical package' 4**** stars, Limelight (Australia)