Ishq Ke Maare: Sufi Songs from Sindh and Punjab, Pakistan
release date: 1/27/2017
A searing assemblage of Islamic Sufi spiritual music from the hinterlands of Sindh and Punjab, this compilation marks Sublime Frequencies' debut release of field recordings from Pakistan. Recorded and compiled by Arshia Fatima Haq, founder of Discostan - a collective of artists from an imagined federation of states from Beirut to Bangkok via Bombay - this is a rare, unfiltered collection of devotional music ranging from hypnotic solo instrumentals and vocal lamentations to euphoric ensemble qawwalis. Presenting voices that are imperiled in the country's contemporary political landscape - where renowned singers are assassinated in broad daylight and performance spaces are regularly bombed - this record continues Haq's ongoing project of engaging complex and controversial Islamic practices and rituals that operate in resistance to religious orthodoxy. "During my travels, I recorded both well-known musicians who made regular appearances on Pakistani televisions, and unknown, untrained singers who traveled from shrine to shrine with no possessions, intoxicated in the pursuit of the divine. I recorded in intimate living rooms, in crumbling concert halls, and in remote interior areas where I had to travel with a police escort. From the vertiginous falsetto harmonies of men singing in the female gender to give voice to those who carry the wounds of society, to the sparse and piercing a capella deliverances of itinerants, singing in the spaces of shrines where the doves coo in liturgies to the saints buried therein, this is music of 'unbridled bridledness', collapsing the divide between the divine and the profane. In masterful, often improvised performances on the harmonium, alghoza, been, and bulbul tarang, these songs unfold into an organic recursion of longing and despair, redeemed by an almost erotic promise of reunion with the divine entity. The singers themselves are 'ishq ke maare' - in the throes of love. Their visionary, intuitive form of devotion is in sharp contrast to the rising tide of mathematical and legalistic approach to faith called Wahhabism seen across the Islamic landscape today. These songs are iconoclastic and anarchic, transcending systems of law and social order, to approach what is truly divine in the rawest possible form."--Arshia Fatima Haq. Features performances by Ustad Aacher and Company, Kalyam Sharif Qawwali Troupe, Meeh Wasaiyo, Fatah Daudpoto, Latif Sarkar, Basheer Haidari and Nazira Bano, Shazia Tarannum, Babu, Sain Juman Shah and Fakirs, Ghulam Arshad, and an unknown singer.
01. Ustad Aacher and Company Intro/Damadam Mast Qalandar 01:37 listen
02. Kalyam Sharif Qawwali Troupe Jo Tera Gham Na Ho 06:08 listen
03. Meeh Wasaiyo Aahe Arman Ajeebon 04:36 listen
04. Fatah Daudpoto Aa Mil Yaara 04:46 listen
05. Latif Sarkar Sur Rano 03:32 listen
06. Basheer Haidari and Nazira Bano Sehra 02:35 listen
07. Shazia Tarannum Aarfana Kalaam 04:45 listen
08. Babu Mahi Yaar Di Gharoli Bhardi/Raag Jog 04:40 listen
09. Sain Juman Shah and Fakirs Shah Jo Raag 07:54 listen
10. Ghulam Arshad Ayman Kalyan Raag 04:01 listen
11. Unknown Singer Kalaam of Bulle Shah 01:24 listen
- A searing assemblage of Islamic Sufi spiritual music from the hinterlands of Sindh and Punjab.
- Recorded and compiled by Arshia Fatima Haq, this is Sublime Frequencies' debut release of field recordings from Pakistan.
- Rare, unfiltered devotional songs; from hypnotic solo instrumentals and vocal lamentations to euphoric ensemble qawwalis.
- Instruments include harmonium, alghoza, been, and bulbul tarang (electric banjo).
- Features performances by Ustad Aacher and Company, Latif Sarkar, Shazia Tarannum, and more.
- Comes with an insert featuring images and liner notes by Arshia Fatima Haq.