“For many years, I have felt that traditional music played such a critical role in the cultures of Central Asia that it deserved attention and assistance…..The need became all the more apparent after the countries of the region achieved independence and began the process of redefining themselves. When Jim Wolfensohn introduced me to Yo-Yo Ma, I realised that here was someone whose work the Aga … Continue reading AKMICA was established to preserve the musical traditions of Central Asia
Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq and Tuvan folk musician Radik Tyulyush approach the intensely visceral technique of throat singing from traditions born on two radically different continents, and take nearly opposite approaches to presenting their craft to audiences, but proved to be a perfect match for each other at the Aga Khan Museum. The combination of Tagaq’s experimentalism and Tyulyush’s traditionalism made for … Continue reading Art & music merge at Aga Khan Museum concert hall
Listen to a sneak preview of Music from the Mountains of Bhutan: http://goo.gl/N57LNO. Read more, listen to a radio program, and watch a video of Sonam Dorji in Artist Spotlight: http://goo.gl/w16Zgv In Bhutan, a mountainous, landlocked country bordering India and Tibet, music plays an important role in daily life and religious rituals. Historically, Bhutanese music was comprised of two genres: traditional ballads called zhabdro dangrem … Continue reading Music from the Mountains of Bhutan from Smithsonian Folkways
Alim Qasimov Ensemble: Spiritual Sounds of Azerbaijan Presented in collaboration with Aga Khan Music Initiative Continue reading Presented in collaboration with Aga Khan Music Initiative at Jaipur Literature Festival: Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Excerpt from the book Community Music Today – edited by Kari K. Veblen, David J. Elliott, Stephen J. Messenger, Marissa Silverman
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Music has inspired Islamic artists to depict musicians and dancers in all media. Dancers are featured on the walls of the eight-century palace of Khirbat al-Mafjar in Jordan and on the sides of early Islamic silver bottles from Iran. Musicians adorn a tenth-century ivory perfume bottle from Islamic Spain as well as in an eleventh-century Fatimid ivory plaque. Whenever princes, kings, and other notables held gatherings, musicians played various instruments and sang at these events.
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KARACHI: Budding musician, Usman Riaz, has made a name for himself in the industry in a very short time due to his tremendous talent with the guitar, classical piano and harmonica, and has a very promising career in the field. The talented youth addressed the queries of his fans at the Aga Khan University’s Special Lecture Series, held at the Aga Khan University auditorium on Thursday. … Continue reading Aga Khan University Karachi Special Event: Take a leaf out of the life of Musician Usman Riaz
Summary: Karina Hussein was working in a complementary school dedicated to the Religious Education of Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim youth in Toronto, Canada when she conducted her study in 2014. This research explores the use of background music in a religious education classroom and focuses on the impact on engagement and behaviour made by the introduction of background music in the classroom. The music … Continue reading The Power of Music: STEP Teacher Karina Hussein explores the use of Music in the Religious Education Classroom | MteachJournal
Capstone course and volunteer experiences enrich Anisha Mawji’s education By Casey Blais for ucalgary.ca Being the first person to earn an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Calgary is an accomplishment that stands out for Anisha Mawji during her four years as an undergraduate student. The honours project, which Mawji pursued through a capstone course in the Department of Music, is already having an … Continue reading Anisha Mawji: Music undergrad leaves no notes unplayed
Marcato Music’s string quartet performs “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by Handel at the Aga Khan Museum.
Marcato Quartet was formed in 2010 by four 5th grade musicians from Crisafulli Elementary school. Click here to visit their website: Continue reading “Marcato Quartet at the Aga Khan Museum: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”
MUSIC COMPOSED AND DIRECTED BY: Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri LEAD VOCALS & HARMONIUM: Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri & Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri VOCAL SUPPORT: Haji Kamal Sabri & Haji Mehmood Ghaznavi Sabri FLUTE: Ustad Salamat Ali Khan – SARANGI: Ustad Alla Rakha – SITAR: Nafees Ahmed Khan SWARMANDAL: Haji Kamal Sabri – TABLA: Mohammed Anwar – NAL: Abdul Karim – DHOLAK: Qutubddin Ahmeddin BONGOS: … Continue reading Qawwali by Sabri Brothers in praise of Shah Karim
Ismailimail highlighted Music in Islam Series, a compilation of researched articles presented by Nimira Dewji. Below please find a PDF link to download the complete article. The same is also available at Issuu Magazine. In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered a reflection of the human soul’s mysteries and feelings. Instruments, … Continue reading Music in Islam – By Nimira Dewji
By Nimira Dewji Earlier: (1) Is listening to music unlawful in Islam? (2) Development of Music (3) The Art of Music in Islam (4) The Healing Power of Music In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. In Muslim regions, the voice was considered a reflection of the human soul’s mysteries and feelings. Instruments, then, were believed to have … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: Influence of Western Music
By Nimira Dewji Earlier: (1) Is listening to music unlawful? (2) Development of Music (3) The Art of Music in Islam The Ikhwan al-Safa (Brethren of Purity) was a brotherhood that flourished in Basra, in Iraq, in the second half of the tenth century. They wrote a vast encyclopedic work (Rasa’il) of fifty-two tracts dealing with sciences and philosophy. The section on music focuses on … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: The Healing Power of Music
By Nimira Dewji Earlier: (1) Is listening to music unlawful? (2) Development of Music As Islam spread, the music of the community became entwined with the musical traditions of the conquered lands. The elite, who were enriched by the influx of wealth, sought amusement that was best expressed in music and song. The migrants brought their art and music with them, thereby influencing the cultures … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: The Art of Music in Islam
By Nimira Dewji Earlier: Is listening to music unlawful? In pre-Islamic times, poetry was recited orally and was the mark of artistic achievement. At the time, the common form of poetry was the qasida – a long monorhyme (aa, ba, ca) in praise of someone although it was also used for preaching morals as well as to praise God and honour the Prophet and his … Continue reading Music in Islam Series: Development of Music
By Nimira Dewji
Islamic jurists have debated this issue for centuries, although it is not clear how the question arose as there is no direct censure against music in the Quran. There are just as many arguments in support of as there are against the listening of music being unlawful in Islam.
Some jurists explain that singing is “unlawful” because it employs poetry, and they point to the Prophet condemning poets in Sura 31:5-6, where it says:
“There is one who purchases a ludicrous story, that he may seduce men from the way of Allah, without knowledge, and may laugh the same to scorn: these shall suffer a shameful punishment.”
The jurists argue that the “ludicrous story” meant singing. Another possible argument against the listening of music is Sura 26:224-6 which says:
“And the poets do those follow who go astray. Dost thou not see that they wander distraught in every vale?”
H.G. Farmer argues that “this was probably not directed against poetry as such, but simply against the poet who in the eyes of the Prophet was the incarnation of pagan idols, and who, was pouring out satires and invective against him.” (Farmer, p 23).
However, since objectors to listening to music could not find any real basis to discredit music listening, they turned to Hadith, which was considered the second authority to the Quran. Continue reading “Music in Islam Series: Is listening to music unlawful?”
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the nonprofit record label of the national museum of the U.S., has recently re-released the albums Symphony of Nature: Music on the Themes of Water, Fire, Air and Earth and Mongolia: Traditional Music as part of the extensive and influential UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music.
1. Symphony of Nature – Various Artists This international collection presents songs from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Caribbean invoking and honoring the natural world. Find out more here http://www.folkways.si.edu/symphony-of-nature/world/music/album/smithsonian
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Bamako, Mali, 5 May 2014 – The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) is launching a new partnership with the National Museum of Mali, aiming to re-establish the “Jeudis Musicaux”, a weekly concert programme at the National Museum, located in the National Park of Mali. via General News: Live Music Returns to National Park of Mali with Support from the Aga Khan Music Initiative. Continue reading Live Music Returns to National Park of Mali with Support from the Aga Khan Music Initiative
Zahira Dhalwani’s song in celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, titled “Eid Mubarak”.