Dervish Rewhirled

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Screen shot 2011-10-17 at 19.15.07In Sufi shrines across the Islamic world from Mali to Indonesia, you can still see thousands of devotees lifted by the music into a state of ecstasy, and in many places, despite the opposition of Islamic puritans, Sufism and Sufi music are more popular than ever before. Sufi music is so central to life in many parts of the Islamic world that it is now heard not just in shrines but has found its way out into the streets, into film soundtracks, TV shows, and more recently, even nightclubs.

This playlist aims to introduce the listener to the full range of Sufi music played and listened today in a whole variety of different contexts. It contains music from Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia, by men and women, and ranges from traditional Sufi qawwali of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, backed by an acoustic guitar, through Bollywood scores to club remixes of devotional Sufi chants by the London music collective, Transglobal Underground. The Dervish Rewhirled is a journey to the other side of Islam.

– William Dalrymple –

William Dalrymple is a writer, historian and director of music and international programming at the Jaipur Literature Festival, which he helped co-found. On the release if his latest book, Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India, he toured the world with a band consisting of some of the Indian and Pakistani mystics featured in his book; the tour culminated in a sell-out performance in the Sydney Opera House. Dalrymple has recently curated and released  a CD, The Rough Guide to Sufi Music (2011) and presented Sufi Soul for Channel 4.

1. Tracery – NUSRAT FATEH ALI KAHN
2. Un Soupir Eternel – DHAFER YOUSSEF
3. Dil Ki Doya – PABAN DAS BAUL & SAM MILLS
4. Sanson Ki Mala Peh Simroon Main – NUSRAT FATEH ALI KAHN
5. Tijaniyya – YOUSSOU N’DOUR
6. Siiw – THIONE SECK
7. Bagdad Guru – SUFI SINGERS OF NAGORE
8. Dham Mast (Dharmic Qawali) – DYA SINGH
9. Adolat Tanovari – SEVARA NAZARKHAN
10. Being With You – BAHRAMJI MASHTI
11. Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi – Dreams of Shams  - MERCAN DEDE
12. Gereyley – SUSSAN DEYHIM
13. Shashkin (Cheb I Sabbah Remix) – OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK
14. Bethe Bethe Kese Kese – GAUDI WITH NUSRAT FATEH ALI KAHN
15. Qalanderi – CHEB I SABBAH
16. Alif Allah Chambey Di Booty – ARIF LOHAR & MEESHA SHAFI
17. Ali Mullah – TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND

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