A NoHo Arts music review of Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli” track from his “Wayfinder” album.
A couple of years ago I reviewed Mohamed Assani’s album, “Wayfinder,” which I loved. This track “Lullaby for Guli,” a single release from the album, is just as special, featuring Assani’s unique blend of sitar and electronica, classical, world, jazz and progressive rock.
Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli” is written as a love letter to his mother and all mothers, with gorgeous atmospheric sitar music, landscapes of modern instruments and compelling vivid cinematic sounds.
Assani is a multi-award-winning and internationally regarded musician based in BC, Canada. This track was recorded at a studio in the middle of the rainforest in the Kootenay Mountains of B.C., Canada. Bears and cougars and the wildness of the area seem to have informed the song. Mixing modern sensibilities with the ancient is something of a specialty of Assani, and this beautiful and profound track is a gorgeous extension of that.
As you listen to this unfolding song it’s hard not to visualise. Please put this on the next Bond movie.
There’s a glorious intensity to every note, while the music swells and the sitar shimmers, the world Assani creates is evocative and bold and stunningly melodic.
I’m a fan, clearly. Mohamed Assani is a musician for the ages. Pushing his passion into the future, with a glance to his past and the history of this amazing instrument, but never shying away from what is new and exciting.
He is at the frontier of cultural hybridisation, leading us deeper into the lush landscape of worldwide music.
I cannot love “Lullaby for Guli” more than I already do. Although, to be fair, I find something more at every listen. As a mother I am honoured and touched at the beautiful sentiments and the video really made me weep! Its evolving sounds wrap around you, lift you up and sweep you away on waves of love. Absolutely love it!!
Mohamed Assani – sitar, tabla vocals and all compositions. Accompanying musicians: Ustad Shahbaz Hussain and Curtis Andrews
Producer Name(s): Adham Shaikh
Photo credit: Kristine Cofsky Photography
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