Jason Mraz is one of my favorite musicians and has an amazing blog, Freshness Factor Five Thousand. His entries are inspiring, thought provoking, moving and also hilarious at times.
Today’s post was a great video of what Jason calls “the ultimate mash-up”.
Here’s what Jason Mraz wrote in his entry:
“Qawwali Flamenco is a meeting between the Pakistani Sufi tradition of Qawwali and Spanish Flamenco. Though the genres may appear quite different, they are actually very similar in that the music invites improvisational story telling, crying and wailing about love lost and found, from subjects spanning from romance to god devotion.
The double album was recorded live at the Fes Festival of Sacred Music, Morocco, in June 2005. Faiz Ali Faiz leads his Qawwali Ensemble, while Miguel Poveda and Juan ‘Duquende’ Cortes are joined by guitarist Chicuelo to form the Spanish contingent.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the ultimate mash-up and I can only hope more of this kind of cross-pollinating is made possible as the world gets smaller and smaller and we all get closer and closer. Hi, nice to meet you. Wanna touch genres?”
Be sure to check out Freshness Factor Five Thousand — it’s very entertaining and inspiring.