When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi
It is enchanting. Everything about it, from the music to the words and the sound. This ancient music intersects geography and time, connecting and inspiring people with its lush harmonies and poetry. The intricacy of the lyrics and sublime music makes Sufi music ethereal.
Over the years, Sufi music has flourished like never before. Artists from all across the world have explored this talismanic music and have given new life to it. But the essence remains the same. This poetry catalyzes deep inner sensibilities and experiences. It combines music and imagery, which takes the listeners on a trip of spiritual ecstasy.
Here’s a list of a few Sufi artists from India and from across the world.
The Wadali Brothers
Puranchand Wadali and Pyarelal Wadali, popularly known as the Wadali Brothers, come from the mystic land of Guru ki Wadali, Amritsar. Famed for their Sufi style music, the Wadali Brothers have been enthralling us with their soulful music and earthy vocals. Apart from performing in numerous music festivals, the Wadali Brothers have rendered their music for Bollywood films as well.
Watch them giving a soul-stirring performance at the MTV Coke Studio :
Abida Parveen’s name is inextricable from the contemporary Sufi music scene. Bestowed with a beautiful rustic voice, Abida Parveen is a globally admired powerhouse singer. Her songs resonate with passion, poetry and a certain melancholy. Originally from Pakistan, Parveen is one of the finest Sufi vocalists.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
There are some voices that transcend time and boundaries. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was one of them. His death in 1997 was a major loss for the world of music. Throughout the 70s and early 80s, he released hundreds of cassettes. The maestro also holds a record in Guinness Book of World Records, for the largest recorded output by a Qawwali artist. His music had a perfect blend of fast beats and Sufi poetry. Nusrat Fateh Ali was an extraordinarily powerful vocalist of Sufi music.
Haale Gafori is an Iranian-American musician. Her music is supple and has a blissful Persian flair. Her style of Sufi music is vivid. Haale’s music is a fusion of Persian mysticism and American psychedelic musical tradition. Her voice is warm and the music is a sweeping blend of rock and Sufi poetry.
Omar Faruk Tekbilek
A Turkish musician and composer, Omar Faruk Tekbilek has been creating soul-stirring music since the 70s. His style is dynamic yet breezy. Check out the track “Tree of patience” by Omar Faruk. It is undeniably magnificent in its depth and emotion.
After a chart topping lead single “Bulla ki Janna” in 2005, there was no looking back for Rabbi Shergill. His music crackles with fusion of Punjabi folk and Sufi rock. Rabbi Shergill never fails to surprise his listeners. When you talk about feel-good music, Rabbi Shergill it is!