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John Denver :: In a Faraway Land

Shepherd Kids, Hand painted on Rice Paper, Jiang Tao (2005) From XABusiness Being in Shenzhen, China for over a week now, I have not yet been fully able to realize that I am in that Great Ancient Orient which Marco Polo had traveled and to the Rulers of whom even the Sultan of Bengal had […]

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Tinariwen :: Amassakoul

All last week, I’ve been listening to and humming songs by my latest discovery, Tinariwen! They hail from the Southern Sahara or Sahel region of Mali in Western Africa. Tinariwen literally means deserts or empty spaces, and the group formed in 1979, surprisingly early, until they came to the limelight in 1998 in France. Well, […]

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Tamana by Niyaz :: Lyrics & Translations

Peafowls: Painting from the Babur Nama, National Museum, New Delhi From Wikimedia Commons Tamana is featured in Niyaz‘s second double-cd release Nine Heavens. The lyrics is originally based on a ghazal by Khwaja Mir Dard (Urdu: خواجہ میر درد), a 18-th century Indian mystic active in Delhi and a prominent member of the Naqshbandi Sufi […]

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The Hunt by Niyaz :: Lyrics & Translations

Zillah: A Persian Greyhound by Charles Hamilton Smith (1837) From Encore Editions The Hunt appears in Niyaz‘s self-titled debut album, and is a Farsi/Persian folk song from Khorasan province of Iran. Two hunters are out hunting; one is very keen on unleashing his greyhound upon preys like rabbits, deer, pigeons, pheasants and eagles, and the […]

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Margaret Davis :: Princess of Flowers

In the Celtic/Medieval genre, Margaret Davis stands out as an exceptional artist, because she strives to compose arrangements that have truly original medieval and Celtic sounds. She has been a solo performer since 1986, and also part of the Celtic group Brocelïande and the Celtic Rock band Avalon Rising. Princess of Flowers is her only […]

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Paban Das Baul & Sam Mills :: Real Sugar

Moving on further east from Persia (see Niyaz) to the province of Bengal in Eastern India and the nation of Bangladesh, one will encounter a rich musical tradition, known as Baul — literally meaning madmen. Baul musicians present an interesting potpourri of Tantric, Buddhist, Baishnavist, and Sufi subject matters, strung together by simple traditional instruments. […]

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Niyaz :: Nine Heavens

Originally posted on Epinions Other Niyaz Albums: Niyaz by Niyaz Niyaz debuted in 2005 with this self-titled album. The group consists of Azam Ali (ex-vocal from Vas, Loga Ramin Torkian, and DJ Carmen Rizzo. Nine Heavens is their second album. The album has 2 CDs: the first one contains electronically mixed tracks, and the second […]

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Golzar by Niyaz :: Lyrics & Translations

Persian Miniature by Ali Jalali, From Persian Mirror Lyrics, Transcriptions & Translations of Golzar by Niyaz from their Album Niyaz ________________________________ My Transcription (instrumental refrain) Biayid biayid, keh golzar damid ast Biayid biayid, keh deldar rasid ast x 2 Come along, come along, the fields are a-flower Come along, come along, it’s the lover’s hour. […]

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Niyaz :: Niyaz

Originally posted on Epinions Other Niyaz Albums: Nine Heavens by Niyaz Niyaz is a comparatively new band that I stumbled on on Pandora. They’ve been in the World Music and Trance scene for about 5 years now. This is their self-titled debut album, which established them with a great standing and quite a sizeable fan […]

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Miriam Stockley :: Second Nature

Originally posted on Epinions Other Miriam Stockley Albums I’ve stumbled upon: Miriam by Miriam Stockley After gaining considerable success with Miriam (1999), Miriam Stockley went on to record her second album, curiously titled Second Nature, in 2003. Stockley’s vocals in Second Nature sound more like Adiemus, with similar abundance of choral support. But the novelty […]