Another amazing voice

Here is a song by Niyaz, "In The Shadow of Life" and the vocals by Azam Ali, an American Iranian. I generally do not like music with Arab overtones as it mostly sounds like one fat "kak en kerm" (Afrikaans for "moan and groan") session. It is a irritating mixture of wailing and nagging sounds where the remnants of the last sand storm are blown and excreted through trumpet like nasal passages. The typical high pitched "tjanking" (Afrikaans for "howling") can only be appreciated by Arabs and not my tone deaf aging ear drums. But this song is indeed different and certainly worth listening to.

The track with an English title, “In the Shadow of Life”, is sung in a foreign tongue despite the song name. This fact seems unimportant as the deeper meanings implied are clearly evoked by the nature of the performances. Niyaz expresses spiritual aspirations through its music and the numinous quality of the material suggests the importance of personal introspection.

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