We will broadcast the September Transglobal World Music Chart on September 2, 2020 at 8pm.
Number one belongs in September 2020 to Mahsa Vahdat from Iran and her album “Enlighten the Night”.
Blessed are the tears that come from the brook of joy
You travelled with your songs
Joyous is the act of freedom
These words are from the opening poem on Mahsa Vahdat’s new solo album “Enlighten the Night”. Together with Atabak Elyasi (arranger and coproducer) she has made an album in which the songs reflect the strong and necessary hope that all human beings share in times when darkness is growing in our world. Singing out the tears of joy is Mahsa’s act of freedom.
Persian poets, both those from the classical era like Rumi, Khayyam and Saadi the contemporary ones, echo a wisdom, a passion, a sensitivity and a wide humanistic approach since hundreds of years. Through her life and her artistic activity in many countries Mahsa has developed a strong and personal musical expression that gives new life to this great poetic heritage and brings it on to new generations and listeners throughout the world.
Mahsa Vahdat remarks: “This album is another opportunity for me to reflect and challenge my questions, doubts, sensitivity, dreams and desire. The home of my voice is my safest zone in the world where the reign of everything is in my hand, and here I have no fear to reveal my deepest emotional intensity.”
The contemporary poets represented on this album are Simin Behbehani, Ahmad Shamloo, Forough Farrokhzad, Nima Youshij and Mohammad Ibrahim Jafari.
The music of this album was created the recent years during Mahsa’s and Atabak’s staying in many countries where their music has been appreciated by collaborators, presenters and audiences. Their creativity and lasting collaboration have flourished in Tehran, Oslo, Shahmirzad, Berkeley and San Francisco.
Most of Mahsa’s albums have been recorded in Norway. This was the case last year when she last year made the critically acclaimed album “Placeless” together with Kronos Quartet and her sister Marjan, and it was the case again with “Enlighten the Night”. Three Norwegian musicians: pianist Tord Gustavsen, bass player Gjermund Silset and drummer Kenneth Ekornes have all previously taken part in Mahsa’s albums and on this new album they form a poetic and beautiful soundscape around Mahsa’s strong and expressionistic voice. Iranian Shervin Mohajer appears with his kamancheh on one track.
Top albums September 2020:
- Mahsa Vahdat · Enlighten the Night · Kirkelig Kulturverksted (4)
- Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience · To Know Without Knowing · Agogo (9)
- Bab L‘ Bluz · Nayda! · Real World (1)
- Oumou Sangaré · Acoustic · Nø Førmat! (7)
- Khusugtun · Jangar · Buda Musique (-)
- Danyèl Waro · Tinn Tout · Buda Musique (2)
- Trio Tekke · Strovilos · Riverboat / World Music Network (5)
- L’Attirail · Footsteps in the Snow · CSB Productions (-)
- Mehmet Polat · The Promise · Aftab (18)
- Shiran · Glsah Sanaanea with Shiran · Batov (11)
- Coreyah · Clap & Applause · Plankton Music (-)
- Ghalia Benali & Romina Lischka · Call to Prayer · Fuga Libera (6)
- Sidi Bemol · Chouf! · CSB Productions (-)
- Matthieu Saglio · El Camino de los Vientos · ACT Music (10)
- Brader Mûsikî · Herim Kuda · Terp (-)
- La Banda Morisca · Gitana Mora · La Banda Morisca (30)
- BraAgas · Bestiále · Indies Scope (-)
- Alhousseini Anivolla & Girum Mezmur · Afropentatonism · Piranha (23)
- Las Áñez · Reflexión · Las Áñez (36)
- Black Umfolosi · Washabalal’ Umhlaba / Earth Song · ARC Music (27)
- Joseph Tawadros · Live at the Sydney Opera House · ABC Classics (12)
- Damir Imamović · Singer of Tales · Wrasse (3)
- Mateus Aleluia · Olorum · Sesc (-)
- Harold López-Nussa · Te lo Dije · Mack Avenue (-)
- La Gallera Social Club · Trópico Salvaje · Tortuga Music (-)
- Al Bilali Soudan · Tombouctou · Clermont Music (37)
- Mara Aranda · Trobairitz · Mara Aranda (31)
- David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg · Breath & Hammer · Table Pounding ()-
- V.A. · Aloha: Radio Hawaii · Rhymoi Music (-)
- Bamba Wassoulou Groove · Dankélé · Lusafrica (17)
- Sen Svaja · Kraitis iš Pelkės / Dowry from a Swamp · CPL-Music (29)
- Céu · Apká! · Six Degrees (33)
- Lido Pimienta · Miss Colombia · Anti- (22)
- TootArd · Migrant Birds · Glitterbeat (8)
- Toronto Tabla Ensemble · Unexpected Guests · Toronto Tabla Ensemble (40)
- The John Santos Sextet · The Art of the Descarga · Smithsonian Folkways (-)
- Marta Gómez · Una Ventana para Soñar · Aluna (34)
- Carla Pires · Cartografado · Ocarina Music (35)
- Ningue Ningue · Ningue Ningue · Requerec / Ningue Ningue (-)
- Afel Bocoum · Lindé · World Circuit
NMR (photo: press Mahsa Vahdat)