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Qawwali:  a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, particularly in areas with a historically strong Muslim presence, such as southern Pakistan, and parts of India. (Wikipedia)

You’ve probably never heard anything like the Brooklyn Qawwali Party.  I know I never have.  Energetic, jazzy music with a Middle Eastern hook, BQP gives us a whirlwind of sound in their self-titled CD.  Celebrating the music of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this collection features four intense tracks:  Mustt Mustt, Man Kunto Mavla, Beh Haadh Ramza Dhasdha, and Allah Hu.  

Who was Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? He was a Pakistani musician famous for his qawwali music.  His traditional songs, put in the hands and the souls of BQP’s 14 capable and talented band members, results in a magical, heartfelt musical explosion.  Band founder and percussionist Brook Martinez became hooked on Nusrat’s music while attending the World Music Institute.  Martinez was struck by how closely the spiritual sounds were related to the jazz he loved.  He proves his point brilliantly through the arrangements performed by BQP. 

If you have eclectic tastes, if  you like  your music to take you places both global and spiritual, BQP is the place you want to go.  We can start you on that journey now – BQP is giving away a copy of their CD to one carp(e) libris reviews reader.  Please take a moment to visit the band’s site and listen to their sounds.  I want to hear what you think!

Or buy the BQP MP3 version here.

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just visit BQP’s Website, turn up your speakersand explain to me why their sound interests you (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

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3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, to enter.

Check out all current giveaways for both my blogs here.


  1. nice to listen to

  2. I’m interested in their sound because it translates Eastern religious music into a Western secular form.

    Thanks again for the giveaway!

  3. thanks for the giveaway

  4. I subscribe.

  5. happy monday :)

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  6. I subscribe. Try to be happy today!

  7. Great prize – count me in please :)

  8. Jennifer Hedden

    enter me

  9. oh wow, i’m a dancer and this would be great music to perform to!

  10. Monday, March 16th entry

  11. They interest me because I just love their sound!

  12. I am always interested in new sounds and this is definitely something different. When you listen to music from an area of the world that is different from yours it almost transports you, brings you to another place.

  13. I subscribe. Watch that green beer, it looks harmless but it will sneak up on you!

  14. Katie Paterson

    I love listening to different genres!

  15. It seems like a dancey world-music feel.

  16. Their music interests me also because it has great energy. Thanks again!

  17. Please enter me in this contest.

  18. I love it because it’s completely different. It’s eclectic and jazzy and funky!

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  19. Wednesday entry. Thanks.

  20. Very funky and highly danceable!

  21. This is really cool. It has a good energy and a different sound. Thank you.

  22. This is awesome. I love listening to new sounds that are unconventional.

  23. I subscribe. Good luck everyone!

  24. wanda flanagan

    ot to say I like it

  25. wanda flanagan

    Got to sat I like it lol

  26. Their sound interests me because I like good music! Good luck, everyone! And thanks once again for the giveaway!

  27. Wed., March 18th entry

  28. I want it :)

  29. I like this music – although new, it reminds me of something from a little time back – thanks for this chance.

  30. Reminds of Rumi and all the joy he had towards the livingness of life in all it’s brilliancies and splendor! : )))

    Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))


  31. I also subscribe! : )))


  32. And, I TWITTERED about this give~away…….username: mamaleahita.


  33. I love their lyrics!

  34. I subscribed by email.

  35. This music makes me want to put down my laptop and dance. I see swirling scarves, energy, fun and dates. Definitely dates.

    How could anyone hear this and not move some part of their body!

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