Dawud Wharnsby | Acoustic Simplicitea

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Acoustic Simplicitea

by Dawud Wharnsby

Trying to change the world for the better, one song at a time...and "always singing for his supper", Canadian poet, songwriter and social activist Dawud Wharnsby has re-recorded twenty of his original songs (live in studio ~ accompanying himself on guita
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bismillah
3:36 $0.99
2. Antisocialsong
4:23 $0.99
3. Wood and Nails
4:14 $0.99
4. Sing Children of the World
5:45 $0.99
5. The Beautiful Story of Yusuf
4:55 $0.99
6. The Veil
4:39 $0.99
7. Ya Ummati (Oh My People)
4:20 $0.99
8. The Letter
2:47 $0.99
9. Rhythm of Surrender
3:05 $0.99
10. Why Are the Drums so Silent
3:46 $0.99
11. Don't Talk to Me About Muhammad
4:21 $0.99
12. The People of the Boxes
4:15 $0.99
13. Midnight
3:31 $0.99
14. Everyday
3:55 $0.99
15. The Truth That Lies Inside
4:19 $0.99
16. Hold the Stage
5:04 $0.99
17. Dear Mr. Crow
2:22 $0.99
18. Dear God
3:25 $0.99
19. Live Life Like a Traveller
4:48 $0.99
20. I Just Wanna Sing
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Dawud's work stirs the soul and ignites the imagination...the soundtrack of my formative years. He is a philosopher-poet, with an uncanny ability to express the most profound, transcendent and esoteric themes in a deceptively simple and accessible form."
- Saad Omar,
songwriter & founder of The Poetic Vision Tour

Canadian born poet and songwriter Dawud Wharnsby began sharing his songs with audiences as a street performer in his late teens. Over two decades later, his career as a troubadour has yielded a string of fifteen solo albums, five poetry anthologies, numerous sound-track credits, performances in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and collaborations with several of the world’s most celebrated artists (including Irshad Khan, Danny Thompson, Stephen Fearing, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, Hadiqa Kiani and Zain Bhikha).

In true folk-music tradition, Dawud’s songs have spread around the world ~ ringing out in primary schools, universities, places of worship, rallies and conventions ~ with words that have found their way into listener’s hearts, regardless of age. His work and reputation as one of the most prominent spiritually and socially conscious writers of our time have been referenced in publications affiliated with both Harvard University in the USA and Cambridge University Press in the United Kingdom. The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre (Jordon) has included Dawud on their list of the 500 Most Influential Muslims since 2009 for his international artistic efforts.

As a voice for the socially-conscious and spiritually-driven, Dawud’s poetry, songs, artworks and intimate live performances have inspired a generation of educators, musicians, poets and artists.

Though he continues to write, record and tour internationally ~ in recent years Dawud has become a strong advocate of Simple Living and more actively involved with educational initiatives promoting artistic expression as a means to achieve positive social change. His passion for Perennial Philosophy has Dawud actively involved with inter-faith efforts world-wide.

About "Acoustic Simplicitea" Dawud says ~

“Acoustic Simplicitea” was captured live, over a two day span, in my hometown of Kitchener Ontario, at the same studio where I recorded most of my earlier albums, including “Road To Madinah”, “Sunshine Dust and The Messenger” and “The Poets and The Prophet”.

Growing up on the music of iconic folk singers like of Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Liam Clancy, I took a retro approach to recording the songs, strumming and singing simultaneously into a mic with no overdubs or digital apps to correct my pitch. If we were sitting for a cup of tea together in my living-room and you asked me to pull out guitar and sing you a song ~ this is pretty much what I’d sound like.

My hope is that those of you who have shared my songs with me over the years ~ the children’s songs, anasheed or even the angst folk music ~ will take a listen, better understand me and those ideas I hold so dear in my life, then join me in song by adding your own parts to these basic skeletons of work.

If you are a closet violinist, a bed-sit guitar picker, a garage rock band, a Saturday night DJ, a Tuesday evening piano-school student, a bathroom-shower-solo-choir-member or a stay-at-home mum/lullaby expert ~ grab a mic and your home computer, play your favourite song from the collection through some headphones while you record your harmonies, raps or instrument of choice, then send me the final track as an MP3 or AIF file and I will re-edit a few of these songs for a follow up version of the album recorded with you. We’ll call it, “The Tea Party Mix”.



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