Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli”

A NoHo Arts music review of Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli” from his “Wayfinder” album.
A NoHo Arts music review of Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli” from his “Wayfinder” album. Kristine Cofsky Photography.

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.

A NoHo Arts music review of Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli” from his “Wayfinder” album.
Kristine Cofsky Photography

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.

A NoHo Arts music review of Mohamed Assani’s “Lullaby for Guli” from his “Wayfinder” album.
Kristine Cofsky Photography

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!!

Stream the full “Wayfinder” album on Spotify.

Stream on Bandcamp.

Musicians/Instruments/Team: 

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

Websites:

Official Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Spotify

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Youtube Channel

Artist Contact Email: info@mohamedassani.com

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.