Category Archives: Music

We Will Not Go Down (Song For Gaza)

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WE WILL NOT GO DOWN (Song for Gaza)
Composed by Michael Heart

A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they’re dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who’s wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

http://www.michaelheart.com

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Oslo Mela, Javed Bashir and Atif Aslam

These clips that I am going to share for you here are pure gems.  The first artist featured here is Javed Bashir.  Currently he is the lead vocalist for the Pakistani band Mekhal Hassan Band.  Javed’s dad was a Qawaal himself and so Javed has been exposed to music his entire life.  Amazing voice.  The first two clips feature a Norwegian folk artist by the name of Sondre Bratland along side Bashir.  The last clip features Atif Aslam with a 2kx rendition of Mae Ni Main Kinnu Aakhan.  All these clips are from the Oslo Mela 2006 in Norway.  Hope you guys enjoy.

Raag Bhimpalasi on Sitar

The Sweetest Walk

It was a few days ago I believe.  I can’t remember what time it was but I believe it was fairly late.  I was walking to my car at the University.  And where I park is quite far from everything (hence the cheap parking rate).  As I was passing the gym, I began to hear someone whistling a tune.  At first I just assumed it was someone in the gym just whistling so I didn’t really pay any attention to it.  But as I began to enter the ice rink attached to the Kinesiology building (far from the gym) I began to notice that the whistling was still lingering.  It wasn’t until I went outside that I actually began to pay attention to the sound. 

There were a a few people walking towards the parking lot with me.  It was night time and if I recall correctly, there was a light orange hue over the city due to the cloud cover that was keeping the weather at a pleasant 1*C.  There was no wind whatsoever.  It was only then that I actually began to listen to what was being whistled.  I am not sure what song it was but judging from the notes and melody, it was most likely an old classical song.  The way that this person was whistling it was just amazing.  Every now and then he would start humming the tune before going back to whistling.  And it wasn’t like he was whistling quietly, there was a great distance between myself and this person when I first initially began to notice it. 

As I walked in the night, all I could focus on was this tune that he was whistling.  I mean usually I am either lost in my thoughts regarding school or something else.  I don’t really pay attention to my surroundings because I walk that route every day.  But there was something about this tune that made me fully aware of the clouds, the night, the temperature…everything.  I noticed that the whistling and hum was getting closer.  Before, I didn’t want to look back to see who was doing it so as to not make the person feel uncomfortable, though admittedly I was dying to see who it was.  Finally I looked towards my left and saw a guy probably my age walk past me.  I am probably wrong but he looked like he was an engineering student.  He was walking pretty fast, maybe because he was cold or maybe because that was his regular pace.  I didn’t want to lose the sound so I began to walk faster as well.  I think I had a whole bunch of books that I was carrying so walking was already tough.  Usually the muscles just below my shins begin to ache real bad but I was determined to stay with this guy, or at least be in distance of his whistling. 

Walking behind him, listening to this beautiful melody, combined with the atmosphere of the night and the late night bustle of campus, it was quite possibly one of the most pleasant walks I have ever had in my entire life.  Even with all the stuff I was carrying, I had wished that walk never ended.  I wanted to stop him badly and ask what composition he was whistling and by who  but that would have meant a pause in the melody and I wanted nothing to stop that sweet song.  I listened to that melody the entire way to my car.  When I got in, I looked through my rear view mirror and he was still walking, still whistling.  I only got that song out of my head when I finally fell asleep that night.  When I woke up, the melody had left my head, lost in memory.   But that is one of the few walks of my entire life that I will actually remember. 

Update to Voice and Drum

Voice and Drum a special page on my blog dedicated to spreading beautiful spiritual music to my readers.  I have updated my page with 5 new additions.  One is of a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan qawaali, one naat, one kalam and two Punjabi folk songs.  I strongly encourage you to listen to them take in the beauty of South Asian melody.

Voice and Drum

A new page has been added to my blog entitled, Voice and Drum.  It’s a collection of South Asian music which I will be updating periodically.  I encourage all of you to have a look and provide some feedback. 

Enjoy.

Saade Kol Nusrat – I Have Nusrat

Nusrat 

Saanu Kise Di Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Sharab De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Nashe De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Hookeh De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Bisstar De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Kitaab De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Ustad De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Naina De Koi Lod Nahi
Ke Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Hawaa De Koi Lod Nahi
Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Talwaar De Koi Lod Nahi
Saade Kol Nusrat

Saanu Khoon De Koi Lod Nahi
Saade Kol Nusrat

Aaya Iman Te Gaaya Nusrat

Gaaya Nusrat Te Gayee Saadi Nazar
Gayee Saadi Nazar Te Gayaa Saada Saa
Gayaa Saada Saa Te Aayee Saadi Maut
Aayee Saadi Maut Te Gayee Saadi Ruh

Intazaar Kariyo Saada
Jaanat De Vich
Saade Liye Suna Na Authe

Nusrat Khan Tainu Aakiyaan Udeek Diyan…

-mast malang

nusrat khan

I Am In No Need Of Anything
For I Have Nusrat 

I Am In No Need Of Alcohol
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of An Intoxicant
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of A Waterpipe
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of A Bed
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of A Book
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of A Teacher
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of Eyes
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need For The Wind
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need For A Sword
For I Have Nusrat

I Am In No Need Of Blood
For I Have Nusrat

When Arrived My Belief (religion) Gone Was Nusrat

Gone Was Nusrat and Gone Was My Sight
Gone Was My Sight And Gone Was My Breath
Gone Was My Breath and Came My Death
Came My Death And Gone Was My Soul

Wait For Me
In Heaven
And Sing For Me There

Nusrat Khan The Eyes Yearn For You…

-mast malang