09/08/2019; Happy Eid-al-Adha!

Last night, I was watching Fanna-Fi-Allah’s Qawwali rendition of Amir Khusro’s poem when a sentiment from the comments section struck me. What I would like to say, in-fact, is that it didn’t come as a shocker; moreso when I learnt that the woman on the tabla was a westerner. In truth, the role of women in music posits a substantial history of prejudice and hence the attitude. But I digress.

Today, I woke up with an extra-ordinary gusto and liveliness! On most occasions, I would proceed to put on a milonga, swing or bebop playlist but today has more promise for drawing me to sufi influences; notably gnaoua and hassanya from Morocco. Needless to say, Eid-al-Adha is upon us and what better way to celebrate it than with some music and chants from the Western and Southern Sahara!

I hope you enjoy today’s #FiveOnFriday and have yourselves a blessed Eid!

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