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Sumud

NiyazAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Struggle as a metaphor is something every human can relate to. One of the most prolific and challenging forms of struggle in the world today is the plight of ethnic and religious minorities, which is the topic of Niyaz’s third album, Sumud (pronounced soomood) forthcoming on Six Degrees Records. Translating from Arabic as ‘steadfastness,’ lead singer Azam Ali chose this ... Read more in Amazon's Niyaz Store

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B007R3BCEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Niyaz, which means yearning in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by vocalist Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo. Since their last release, Nine Heavens made waves in the global music community, the band have toured worldwide, had their music placed in numerous films & television shows and each released stunning solo albums that continue to push them into the international spotlight. Nine Heavens was heavily featured on world-wide radio (including NPR and PRI in the States), topped the charts of iTunes World Music and CMJ World Music, and continues to be discovered by new fans worldwide.

Now the band returns with their third album, Sumud. The album's title is Arabic for "steadfastness" and the record's musical themes center around the plight of ethnic and religious minorities around the world. Azam Ali chose this philosophical term as a symbolic reminder that, as she explains, every human being should inherit the right to live with dignity and freedom upon the land on which they are born.

With a heavier emphasis on the electronic side of their sound and a special guest vocal appearance from Oscar-winning Indian composer, musician and singer AR Rahman, Sumud is the most powerful release yet from one of global fusion's most popular bands.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Similar in sound to their previous two albums but even more electronic New Age and dance club in style, Niyaz offers folk tunes of Iran, Kurdistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Palestine. The music washes over the listener, so filled with electronic harmonic drones, and the tunes include Middle Eastern repetitions and steady rhythms. More interesting is the various sonic colors of instruments. The group centers around vocalist and santurist Azam Ali and features Loga Ramin Torkian (kamaan, rebab, saz, djumbush, lafta, guitar, and viol), and Carmen Rizzo (keyboards, electronics, and percussion). Guest musicians include Ulas Ozdemir on saz, Naser Musa on oud, and Omer Avci on percussion. Habib Meftah Boushehri plays on flute on some tracks, and musicians Kamal Sabri on sarangi, Sabar Nader on tabla, A.R. Rahman on voice appear on the fourth track, Mazaar, an Afghani folk song. While preferring purely acoustic renditions, I nonetheless appreciate this contemporary blend. Azam Ali's voice is haunting and the music melts and relaxes; yet it supports dancing. Lyrics to five of the songs are provided. The album is dedicated to nonviolent steadfastness in pursuit of freedom and personal dignity. The lyrics refer to love and suffering and longing, which have mystical, religious aspects as well. Careful listening will discern Arabic, Persian, and Turkish musical forms within the arrangements. This should become a popular album here and in Eurasia. The Government of Canada financially helped in the production of the album.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer Nine Heavens August 26, 2012
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I might have rated this album higher if Nyaz hadn't previously produced "Nine Heavens". The comparison is unavoidable if you have ever listened to both. Let me start by saying that Nine Heavens is, in my experience, one of the best produced and musically creative and interesting quasi-traditional middle eastern albums available. After being un-inspired by their first album, the self named, Nyaz (which I also own), Nine Heavens was a revelation and joy. With expectations naturally high, I recently purchased "Sumud". The sounds are all still there, but the energy, deep musical textures and terrific songs are not. Nearly every tune is in the same key, follow the same rhythmic patterns, and the same melodic scales. In other words, most of the tracks all sound the same. And, by the time I've reached the last cut, I find that the music was not compelling enough to keep my attention. If you're contemplating buying something by Nyaz, please check out Nine Heavens.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet January 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I found Niyaz by accident and bought their first album (also called "Niyaz") on a total whim without knowing really anything about them. I fell in love with it immediately. I listened to it constantly, and eagerly awaited anything else by the group. But their second release, Nine Heavens, just didn't do much for me. It's still good, but not the awesome that their first one was. The acoustic cuts that came with Nine Heavens were nice and I appreciated the effort, but I much prefer their electronic, upbeat tracks like Dilruba and Allahi Allah from the first album.

Sumud, though, I think is their best yet. Every song is a good one. I haven't listened to it enough to be able to pick out specific songs, because this is one of those rare albums that I'll listen to all the way through. It's just ALL GOOD. It's upbeat in all the right places and mixed very well. I am not disappointed in this one. Thanks, Niyaz!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Niyaz's best so far October 25, 2013
By Ric
Format:Audio CD
As music goes Niyaz is an absolute gift from God. A lot of artists have tried to mix traditional Middle Eastern music with modern western electronics. The gracious Azam Ali (Niyaz's vocalist) would probably disagree with my assertion that Niyaz is the only group to produce something that could be called beautiful. The balance between East and West is *perfect*. Neither overwhelms the other. The harmony is superb. (I keep wanting to using the adverb "absolutely" with every adjective.)

Although their previous releases (the self-titled album Niyaz and the sophomore Nine Heavens) were incredibly beautiful, I feel that Sumud is the most coherent and cohesive of their works. Niyaz and Nine Heavens have softer spots, but every song on Sumud hits its mark perfectly, though the slow-paced final track Arzusun might take time to grow on those who prefer the group's more assertive tracks. Every song on this album is strong in its own right. I would take this opportunity to point out highlights, but I'd end up listing half the tracks on the album. I will say that my personal favorite is track 9 -- Mahtaab. If you don't speak Persian find someone who does. Have them translate the song for you. All I will do here, for grace, is one line from the chorus: "Rafiqan qadr-e yekdigar bedunin. Khoda key mi-dahad omr-e dobare?" Friends, respect one another (ie. recognize each other's worth), (for) when will God give another chance (ie. life)?

Poetry is poetry. But sometimes music is poetry and sometimes poetry is music. Niyaz blurs the lines and drags you to the gates of heaven.

If you don't appreciate Niyaz, you don't appreciate art. Sorry. This is fact. Buy this album and be happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Niyaz/Azam Ali October 27, 2012
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Started off loving this and love it more after each listening! Azam Ali's voice is otherworldly. Put headphones on, turn off the lights and listen to Arsuzun!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great songs to dance to. One of Niyaz's best albums! My students love the translation page as well. Beautiful masterpiece.
Published 2 days ago by David Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Azam Ali.
There is nothing more to be said about the woman. Her work, and the people she chooses to work with, are fantastic. It's lovely music to calm and groove to.
Published 3 months ago by william brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
If you are a fan of the previous albums (Niyaz and Nine Heavens) then you should have a lot to like in this new album. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Sunderland
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
I first heard of Niyaz while listening to my Dead Can Dance channel on Pandora and I was interested in what I heard. It sounded pretty good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scott C. Holstad
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD
This is my first CD by this group and if you like Middle Eastern music, you are in for a treat. Very listenable.
Published 10 months ago by Susan W. Akins
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
I like listening Niyaz . However, the previous albums were kind of better.. It is just my opinion though and I am not a music critic.
Published 12 months ago by Deniz
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I like most of this record. Contemporary Middle Eastern music. Production and execution are great. Will definitely buy additional records
Published 13 months ago by ls31
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I love Niyaz recordings and I am glad to have this one. Creative, melodic blends and Azam Ali's voice is wonderful as always.
Published 13 months ago by Dancing artist
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
i really love this band, listen to them at work, on the road, around the house. an up beat tempo with a haunting sound
Published 14 months ago by Donald P. Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Niyaz album
I love Niyaz's music. This is another example of their talent and artistry. I recommend it.
Buy their other albums too. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darkwave Fan
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