Al-Kindî Ensemble / Hamza Shakkur

Whirling Dirvishes of Damascus

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The swirling dervishes are not much known in the Western world, although since the 1990s, we started to see groups of dervishes and musicians touring around Europe and North America, or else, we have been seeing them in some movies (in particular, "Meetings with Remarkable Men"). The swirling dervishes are part of the Sufi order, the only Islamic group that accepts and recognizes a spiritual role to music, while in the rest of Islam music is banned (the well-known Pakistani qawwali music is also part of the Sufi order). Although the chants can be accompanied by musicians, musical instruments are not allowed in mosques. There are many important centers of swirling dervishes in the Islamic world. On this CD, we can hear the music of one of the most important, musicians and singers from Damas in Syria. The ritualistic songs are meditative and spiritual ones that could bring the dervishes into some kind of trance. A deeply mystical music!

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