God Is Not A Terrorist
- Brand: Ustad Saami
- Product Code: UstadSaami–GodisNotATerrorist
Regular edition Black vinyl in gatefold sleeve
Hypnotic, unvarnished recordings by one of Pakistan’s most revered and iconic classical singers. The roots of Saami’s music go back to the 13th century - but it’s message is contemporary and universal: “to sing is to listen.” Produced by Grammy Award winner Ian Brennan. Vol.5 of Glitterbeat’s acclaimed Hidden Musics series. 75-year-old, Ustad Saami risks his life daily in Pakistan to keep alive his microtonal, pre-Islamic, multilingual (Farsi, Sanskrit, Hindi, the ancient and dead language of Vedic, gibberish, Arabic, and Urdu) music. Handed down by his ancestors for over a thousand years, he is ‘the only practioner of Surti left in the world’ and when he passes, this music will die with him as well. Extremists resent his work as they do anything else pre-dating Muhammad. Master Ustad Naseeruddin Saami has spent his entire life mastering the nuances of every given note. “To sing is to listen.” These are the words of the master. The translation of his own last name, Saami, even means “to hear.” The master shapes the notes with his hands as he sings like conducting a Theremin. Most master’s now hide their knowledge, possessively passing their skills down through family only. Subsequently, traditions have died and wither. Master Saami’s mission is to share his knowledge with the world, so that the music may live on freely.