Sufi music has been trending for quite a while now, but the last few days of Ramadan may be your best chance to get to know more about the genre. The list below – although not all-inclusive – will give you an idea of what Sufi music is like.
Al Naqshabandy – Mawlay
If you grew up listening to Al Quran Al Kareen station on the radio, you won’t be able to help feeling nostalgic whenever you listen to this. Al Naqshabandy’s voice is a true gift to all of us. Muwasha7 (as it’s originally called) is his most popular and his best in my opinion. It’s also worth mentioning that Nasreldin Tobar’s Ebtehalat were popular back then. Maybe some of you (a lot actually) will disagree on listing these two under Sufi music but I still find their work impressive and worth mentioning.
Al Naqshabandy – Sobhanak Rabby
Ensemble Ibn Arabi – Ohebok Hobayen (My Love for You Is Twofold)
This one has deservedly become quite popular recently. Ensemble Ibn Arabi is a Moroccan band spreading Ibn Arabi’s (a pioneer Sufist) words of wisdom through music. Rim Banna, a Palestinian musician, covered it soon after but I still find the original music better.
Rim Banna’s cover
Egyptian Project – Soufi
Yes, I mentioned this one earlier but I still find Egyptian Project deserving a spot on this list too. Egyptian Project is more into fusion, but still bears in mind the basic rules of Sufism.
Ghalya Ben Ali – Beredak
Last but not least is Ghalya’s smooth voice accompanying the Oud.