June 17, 2017
We are pleased to announce the CD release of “NUR: A Musical Journey in Sufi Poetry” featuring vocalist DALAL ABU AMNEH, composer KINAN ABOU-AFACH, and AL-BUSTAN TAKHT: Kinan Abou-afach on cello/oud, Hafez Kotain on tar frame drum, and Hanna Khoury on violin/viola.
Initiated by Dalal Abu Amneh, this project seeks to re-remember and re-embrace the humanism of Sufi poetry for our current times. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture commissioned composer Kinan Abou-afach to create new music, in collaboration with Dalal Abu Amneh, presenting lyrical and spiritual aspects of Sufi poetry sung in Arabic. As a lantern illuminates a dimmed path, we hope Nur may serve as a beacon for a hopeful future.
Purchase the CD now!
Poetry lyrics included in Arabic & English
Cost: $15 or $20 including shipping/handling within US
Thanks to all who made this CD possible:
Recording and mixing: Kinan Abou-afach
Additional Recording: Bishara Khalli
Matering: Cody Ciclowskiat, Milkboy Studios
Cover Photo: Shadi Mansour
Takht Photo: Chip Colson
Design and layout: Ashley Choukeir
Music Produced by Kinan Abou-afach
Joint production of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and Dalal Abu Amneh
With funding from The Knight Foundation and William Penn Foundation
Watch two video clip excerpts from the concert presented in April 2016 in Philadelphia: