For those of you considering a musical leap into the mystical side of Islam, the World Music Network have put together a fantastic Sufi Music Gift Pack offer!
We've teamed up 'The Rough Guide To Sufi Music' CD with 'Sufi Soul: The Mystic Music Of Islam', a 'thoughtful and beautifully crafted' (Observer Music Monthly) DVD which provides a fantastic in-depth consideration of the tradition. This duo can be bought together as a gift pack for just £15.00 (standard retail price of the CD is £8.99, and DVD £11.99), a saving that's hard to ignore, so why not get exploring!
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.
'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
For hundreds of millions of Sufi followers worldwide, music is at the heart of their tradition and a way of getting closer to God. From the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey to the qawwali music of Pakistan, Sufism has produced some of the world's most spectacular music celebrated by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Dalrymple's film traces the shared roots of Christianity and Islam in the Middle East and discovers Sufism to be a peaceful, tolerant and pluralistic bastion against fundamentalism.
Includes footage of performances by Youssou N'Dour, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Mercan Dede, Abida Parveen, Sain Zahoor, Galata Mevlevi Ensemble, Kudsi Erguner, Goonga and Mithu Sain, Junoon and Abdennbi Zizi.
DVD Extras features extended performances by Kudsi Erguner, Sain Zahoor, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Bhitshah Fakirs and Rokia Riman Jilala Band.