Archive for March, 2010

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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. […]