God Is Not a Terrorist

Ustad Saami - God Is Not a Terrorist
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Based on 51 ratings
2019 Ratings: #411
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January 18, 2019 / Release Date
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Glitterbeat / Label
Khyal / Genres
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Saami'a voice has, at first glance, a gruff burr, which quickly gives way to an incredible fluency and mutability - his capacity to pirouette around and across melody is astounding.
exception
70
"It has been said that India always had a region where all of the greatest singers came from. And that place is Pakistan."

savage
80
Nothing more to add: "75-year-old, Ustad Saami risks his life daily in Pakistan to keep alive his microtonal, pre-Islamic, multilingual (Farsi, Sanskrit, Hindi, the ancient and dead language of Vedic, gibberish, Arabic, and Urdu) music. Handed down by his ancestors for over a thousand years, he is the only practitioner of Surti left in the world and when he passes, this music will die with him as well. Extremists resent his work as they do anything else pre-dating Muhammad."

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usedtobe
75
My first acquaintance to Khyal (Pakistani music) and man, this was an intense spiritual experience. The story behind this album on its Bandcamp page is a great read.
Guigss
93
This is a work of art from any religion´s god you´ll see this year. This album and this artist should exist to remind us how big music can be, how strong someone is to blow what burns inside his soul. Everyone should carry "God is Not a Terrorist" in his pocket or tattoed in his heart.
79
7.9 out of 10
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Track List

  1. God Is
  2. My Beloved Is on the Way
  3. Twilight
  4. Hymn
  5. War Song
  6. Longing
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Added on: February 4, 2019