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  • Audio CD (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees Records
  • ASIN: B007R3BCEQ
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Niyaz, which means ‘yearning’ in Persian and Urdu, formed in 2005 and come from a historic lineage of Middle Eastern poets setting verse to music. Following on from their previous albums, in their new album, Sumud, the band have explored the music and identity of Iranians struggling to maintain their cultural identity whilst in exile.

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The mixture of electronic and traditional instrumentation here, combined with the intricate but powerful rhythms make this an absorbing listen. Azam Ali is as mysterious and compelling as ever. What a wonderful sound this band have! This goes beyond simply having a dabble with ethnic music, and if you enjoy creativity you'll love this.
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Niyaz is as its best again! the music is unique and exploring its various sources. it's inspiring and southing. recommended to everyone who loves world music
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HASH(0x8cfebf60) out of 5 stars Haunting & Contemporary: Middle Eastern Electronic Folksongs 29 May 2012
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on
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Similar in sound to their previous two albums but even more electronic New Age and dance club in style, Niyaz offers folk tunes of Iran, Kurdistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Palestine. The music washes over the listener, so filled with electronic harmonic drones, and the tunes include Middle Eastern repetitions and steady rhythms. More interesting is the various sonic colors of instruments. The group centers around vocalist and santurist Azam Ali and features Loga Ramin Torkian (kamaan, rebab, saz, djumbush, lafta, guitar, and viol), and Carmen Rizzo (keyboards, electronics, and percussion). Guest musicians include Ulas Ozdemir on saz, Naser Musa on oud, and Omer Avci on percussion. Habib Meftah Boushehri plays on flute on some tracks, and musicians Kamal Sabri on sarangi, Sabar Nader on tabla, A.R. Rahman on voice appear on the fourth track, Mazaar, an Afghani folk song. While preferring purely acoustic renditions, I nonetheless appreciate this contemporary blend. Azam Ali's voice is haunting and the music melts and relaxes; yet it supports dancing. Lyrics to five of the songs are provided. The album is dedicated to nonviolent steadfastness in pursuit of freedom and personal dignity. The lyrics refer to love and suffering and longing, which have mystical, religious aspects as well. Careful listening will discern Arabic, Persian, and Turkish musical forms within the arrangements. This should become a popular album here and in Eurasia. The Government of Canada financially helped in the production of the album.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c2871c8) out of 5 stars Prefer Nine Heavens 27 Aug. 2012
By Strings Attached - Published on
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I might have rated this album higher if Nyaz hadn't previously produced "Nine Heavens". The comparison is unavoidable if you have ever listened to both. Let me start by saying that Nine Heavens is, in my experience, one of the best produced and musically creative and interesting quasi-traditional middle eastern albums available. After being un-inspired by their first album, the self named, Nyaz (which I also own), Nine Heavens was a revelation and joy. With expectations naturally high, I recently purchased "Sumud". The sounds are all still there, but the energy, deep musical textures and terrific songs are not. Nearly every tune is in the same key, follow the same rhythmic patterns, and the same melodic scales. In other words, most of the tracks all sound the same. And, by the time I've reached the last cut, I find that the music was not compelling enough to keep my attention. If you're contemplating buying something by Nyaz, please check out Nine Heavens.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c287408) out of 5 stars Niyaz's best so far 26 Oct. 2013
By שיה - Published on
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As music goes Niyaz is an absolute gift from God. A lot of artists have tried to mix traditional Middle Eastern music with modern western electronics. The gracious Azam Ali (Niyaz's vocalist) would probably disagree with my assertion that Niyaz is the only group to produce something that could be called beautiful. The balance between East and West is *perfect*. Neither overwhelms the other. The harmony is superb. (I keep wanting to using the adverb "absolutely" with every adjective.)

Although their previous releases (the self-titled album Niyaz and the sophomore Nine Heavens) were incredibly beautiful, I feel that Sumud is the most coherent and cohesive of their works. Niyaz and Nine Heavens have softer spots, but every song on Sumud hits its mark perfectly, though the slow-paced final track Arzusun might take time to grow on those who prefer the group's more assertive tracks. Every song on this album is strong in its own right. I would take this opportunity to point out highlights, but I'd end up listing half the tracks on the album. I will say that my personal favorite is track 9 -- Mahtaab. If you don't speak Persian find someone who does. Have them translate the song for you. All I will do here, for grace, is one line from the chorus: "Rafiqan qadr-e yekdigar bedunin. Khoda key mi-dahad omr-e dobare?" Friends, respect one another (ie. recognize each other's worth), (for) when will God give another chance (ie. life)?

Poetry is poetry. But sometimes music is poetry and sometimes poetry is music. Niyaz blurs the lines and drags you to the gates of heaven.

If you don't appreciate Niyaz, you don't appreciate art. Sorry. This is fact. Buy this album and be happy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c287768) out of 5 stars Best One Yet 17 Jan. 2013
By TL Stearns - Published on
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I found Niyaz by accident and bought their first album (also called "Niyaz") on a total whim without knowing really anything about them. I fell in love with it immediately. I listened to it constantly, and eagerly awaited anything else by the group. But their second release, Nine Heavens, just didn't do much for me. It's still good, but not the awesome that their first one was. The acoustic cuts that came with Nine Heavens were nice and I appreciated the effort, but I much prefer their electronic, upbeat tracks like Dilruba and Allahi Allah from the first album.

Sumud, though, I think is their best yet. Every song is a good one. I haven't listened to it enough to be able to pick out specific songs, because this is one of those rare albums that I'll listen to all the way through. It's just ALL GOOD. It's upbeat in all the right places and mixed very well. I am not disappointed in this one. Thanks, Niyaz!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c287984) out of 5 stars Good Album 23 Sept. 2013
By Scott C. Holstad - Published on
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I first heard of Niyaz while listening to my Dead Can Dance channel on Pandora and I was interested in what I heard. It sounded pretty good. I wouldn't necessarily compare Azam Ali's voice to Lisa Gerrard's -- they're two different singers -- but Ali does have a good voice and she uses it well on their songs. I now own two Niyaz albums and I think this one is pretty good. It sounds like it's "matured" a bit from previous efforts. It's Middle Eastern music with a contemporary flair and it sounds good. If you like DCD, you might want to give Niyaz a try. I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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