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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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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.
Most of all, love between two people has no boundary and language does not prevent it. If you believe in true love and beautiful music, you will love Niyaz.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love their music so much. I may not understand the language but it is beautiful and breath taking. Persian and Indian music makes me feel more alive than anything has ever had.Published 9 months ago by UncannyX-Force
Gorgeous, soulful middle-eastern style music; approachable to the western ear; Niyaz has it going on!Published 14 months ago by therebbe
Its music for the younger set and well done but just repetitious when other musicians, of the ilk, have paid some life's dues and present music in broad balladric soul and depth.Published 19 months ago by Geo Hall
Very happy, it was for a Christmas gift! Prompt and very satisfied with the purchase.Published 20 months ago by marydewhurst
Great songs to dance to. One of Niyaz's best albums! My students love the translation page as well. Beautiful masterpiece.Published on April 17, 2014 by David
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 on January 3, 2014 by william brown