The Music of Islam, Vol. 5: Aissaoua Sufi Ceremony, Marrakesh, Morocco Ten years in the making,
The Music of Islam
recorded in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia,
Iran and Qatar represents the most comprehensive sound documentation
available to Westerners today, of a world religion dating back to 1/622.
Although governed by strict rules for fourteen centuries, contact with
other cultures has radically affected Islamic music throughout history. As
the world enters the XV/21st century the timing of this collection serves
an even larger purpose, documenting the traditions that have survived and
will continue to survive for centuries to come. Today, one fifth of the
world"s population, one billion people, are Muslims, occupying a large
territory stretching from the Atlantic shore of north and west Africa,
through west, central, and south Asia to island southeast Asia, and
attracting an increasing following in India, western Europe, north America,
east Asia, and southern Africa.
This is a global presence which cannot
be ignored .
"Aissaoua Sufi Ceremony , the first of three
volumes in this series recorded in Morocco, captures the public performance
rituals, called hadra.
brotherhood comprised of followers of one of Morocco"s most well-known and
highly regarded spiritual leaders, Shaykh "Abd Allah Sidi Muhammad Ben
"Aisa as-Sufiani al-Mukhtari (870/1465-933/1526).
performances work on several levels: for members of the brotherhood, they
form part of their spiritual training; for ceremony sponsors they serve to
bless the event; and for the individual pilgrim or participant, the ritual
provides access to the tangible
(blessing) of the Shaykh
(Arabic Sheikh), which can be activated for purposes of healing and
guidance. The trance possession which occurs during the
most dramatic manifestation of this therapeutic function of the
which effects these transformations is
activated and brought into the
by means of recitations,
singing and music, all of which is traditionally featured on this double
length recording. Perhaps Parsons has captured even more than the Islamic
music represented here, like, the transcendence of
Shaykh ben "Aisa for all who listen.
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