Beloved was formed in 1998 by LuAnne Hightower (vocals, frame drum, tanpura) and David Seidel (acoustic guitar and electric bass), who bring their unique interpretation of traditional Sufi songs from world cultures and present their own original expressions of the mystical heart of Islam. They are joined by Ustad Humayun Farzad Khan (vocals, harmonium), Cybele (vocals, sarangi, tanpura), and Shankar (tablas), Fred Stubbs (ney), and Todd Roach (hand drums). Beloved is a unique blend of Eastern and Western musical traditions and features soul-stirring vocals and harmonies, soaring instrumentals, and haunting melodies that express the longing of humanity for union with Divine Love. Islam has a long and rich musical tradition representing every culture across the Middle East and Africa and Asia, using the words of their most renown Sufi poets and their most beloved prayers.
released October 15, 2001
LuAnne Hightower - voice, frame drum, djembe, tamboura, synth
David Seidel - acoustic guitars, electric bass, frame drum, tamboura, dhikr
Humayun Farzad - voice, harmonium, frame drum, surmandal, dhikr
Cybele - voice, sarangi, tamboura, dulcimer, dhikr, majdhub
Shankar - tablas, dhikr
Frederick Stubbs - ney
Todd Roach - frame drum, doumbek
Produced and arranged by LuAnne Hightower, David Seidel, and Beloved.
Didn't They Tell You used with permission of Kabir Helminski.
Who Is At My Door, from RUMI: IN THE ARMS OF THE BELOVED by Rumi, translated by Jonathan Star, copyright © 1997 by Jonathan Star. Used by permission of Jeremy P. Tarcher, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.
Allahu used with permission of Lora Zorian © 2001.
Special thanks to Kathleen Seidel, Amy Wilson, and Lora Zorian for their generous support of and enthusiasm for this project.
Recorded at Northern Track Studio. Engineer: Gary Henry. Assistant engineer: Colby Dix.
Mixed and mastered at Cedar House Sound and Mastering. Engineer, Jerry Putnam.
Cover art: Barriers, Fire, Our Night by Ric Campman, used with permission of Petria Mitchell.
Cover photo: Elizabeth Ungerleider.
Cover design: Lora Zorian.
Copyright © 2001-2012 LuAnne Hightower and David Seidel. All rights reserved.
Originally released on CD in October 2001.
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