Karim Gillani | Raah-E-Ishq: The Path of Love

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Raah-E-Ishq: The Path of Love

by Karim Gillani

Enchanting Tunes of Sufi Music
Genre: World: World Traditions
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dhikr (Remembrance)
7:18 $0.99
2. Ishq Kamal (Supreme Love)
5:28 $0.99
3. Ali Bood (Glory of Ali)
5:23 $0.99
4. Yaad (Faint Memory)
4:57 $0.99
5. Sahebji Tun (Venti: Supplication)
6:56 $0.99
6. Intiha-E-Ishq (Infinite Love)
5:37 $0.99
7. Jis Simt Bhi (Wherever I)
6:50 $0.99
8. Prem Katha (Tale of Love)
7:58 $0.99
9. Dhikr (Remembrance) [Instrumental and Karaoke Version]
7:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
About the Album:
The title of the Sufi album "Raah-e-Ishq: The Path of Love" is meant to inspire hope, love and compassion. It is about appreciating diversity and pluralism in every human form. Among Sufis (mystics), music is considered a feast for the soul. We can connect with the sublime messages of timeless Sufi poetry, from Shams Tabrez to Mohammad Iqbal, through music. These messages of spiritual poetry are universal and can appeal to anyone and everyone who is willing to explore deep human emotions of spirituality, love and compassion.

I grew up in Pakistan and saw the consequences of the collapse of the USSR, when various extremists who fought during the civil war in Afghanistan entered Pakistan, targeted innocent lives, burned down children's schools and spiritual tombs. In fact, a minority with extreme religious views has fought hard to hijack the entire nation. Unfortunately, the people of Pakistan are still suffering every day from the effects of religious extremism. The brutal incident of 9/11, when so many innocent lives were taken and the world was shocked, demonstrated another effect of extremism. The reaction to this event was even more extreme, as many countries were attacked and invaded, and thousands of innocent lives were jeopardized in the name of “terrorism.” I have had many sleepless nights, especially during my studies in Canada, wondering why many western powers seem so keen to target entire nations. Is this war really about fighting against terrorism or is it politically driven? Indeed, it is not a clash of civilizations that is taking place between the West and the Muslim world, but a clash of ignorance. Therefore, it is extremely vital to create dialogue, embrace diversity, and appreciate our cultural heritage.

This album is also intended to raise awareness of other cultures through rich and diverse Sufi poetry and music. Therefore, I have carefully studied the wide range of Sufi poets and selected their poems based on the broader themes of appreciating cultural diversity, divine love, and humanity. Keeping in mind the authenticity and cultural fusion of Sufi sounds, I established an ensemble of Sufi music in which accomplished musicians representing diverse cultural backgrounds, including Pakistan, Iran, India, East Africa and Canada came together at the University of Alberta and share their rich musical heritage in this album. I sincerely hope that you will appreciate listening to this album and it will lead us together as one united family towards the path of love!

About the Artist:
Karim performs with passion and conviction, with his commanding stage presence and charisma, allowing his audience to be truly connected while they listen to his combination of carefully crafted lyrics, soulful melodies and honest emotions. He began to follow his passion for music at a very young age. Taking music lessons, singing in ritual worship gatherings, crafting the art of music composition and song writing have all helped him realize that pursuing music truly is his heart's desire. He was born and raised in Pakistan, educated in England and Canada, and chose Canada as his permanent home, indeed, he takes pride in his multi-cultural heritage.

Karim received his PhD in Music and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta (Canada), in 2012. His research examines the aesthetic and power of musical sound within the socio-cultural and religious contexts of Muslims of South Asia and North America. He released his first album "Jhoom Jhoom: Celebration of A Lifetime!" in Canada in 2008. He regularly performs in North America and his greatest honour was to perform in front of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and His Highness the Aga Khan at the opening ceremony of the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat in Ottawa, 2008, at the foundation ceremony of the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, 2010. Karim has taught ethnomusicology courses at the University of Alberta since 2011. Some of his courses include Introduction to World Music, Introduction to Ethnomusicology: Popular Music of Bollywood (Hindi Cinema), and Indian Music Ensemble.

He also received an MA in Music and Religious Studies from the University of Alberta in 2005 and he is a graduate of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK, where he received a degree in Islamic Studies and Humanities. Karim’s love for his South Asian cultural roots has inspired him to become an upcoming Canadian artist, creating sounds with powerful Sufi lyrics and timeless tunes that are indeed beyond one national boundary, indeed this album is an exceptional contribution in the world of sound.



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