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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.

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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.

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