Sheikh Yasîn Al-Tuhâmi

Magic of the Sufi Inshad

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From one of the greatest Sufi munshids in Egypt today, this recording is essentially the only Western label representation for Sheikh Yasin al-Tuhami. Here, he goes through an inshad. The recording can be relatively drawn out, with a single track on each of the dual CDs. Nonetheless, one may find much worth listening to here: al-Tuhami has added melodic instruments to the general Sufi percussion (and neys). The kamantche and tabla are both introduced into the music here, and are used to good effect. The practice that he used is a three-part program, with the first and last parts somewhat more structured, and the middle section to be used primarily for his improvisation through the mode. This is used well throughout the performance. For a newfound listener to various Sufi-based music, this is certainly an important album to give a listen, though the range of Sufi music covers much from this inshad to the qawwal of Pakistan.

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