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“Nazuk” is a composition that takes its lyrics from the 19th-century Punjabi Sufi poet Khawaja Farid of the Indian subcontinent. Farid, a prolific scholar and writer within multiple languages, belonged to the Chishti-Nizami Sufi order. The creation of “Nazuk” is informed by Ali Pervez Mehdi’s father, famous ghazal singer Ustad Pervez Mehdi, and the classical Sufi music and poetry form known as Kafi. “Nazuk” is sung in the language of ‘Saraiki.

The song was rearranged & re-conceptualized by Joshua Thomson (alto saxophone), and Josh Peters (oud – Middle Eastern fret-less lute) and features Ali Pervez Mehdi on vocals, and piano. The track is bolstered by a rhythm section that includes the talents of Gary Calhoun James (double bass), and Aaron Parks (drums). “Nazuk” was co-produced by Peters, Pervez, & Thomson, mixed by Gary Calhoun James, & mastered by Carl Saff.

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"Wich rohi de rehndiyan
Nazuk nazuk juttiyan"

In the midst of the desert they live
The delicate fragile beauties

"Gujhrday teer chalawan kari
Seh seh dilrdiyan phatiyan"

Sharp arrows (of their unmatched beauty) they launch effectively
Piercing the hearts of many

"Kar kar dard mandan ko zakhmi
Hai hai bandhan na pattiyan"
Lacerating the pitiable the already suffering the already hurting
Alas they don't even tend to the wounds


released September 25, 2020
Ali Pervez Mehdi - vocals, piano
Joshua Thomson - alto saxophone
Gary Calhoun James - double bass
Aaron Parks - drums
Josh Peters - oud

Recorded by:
Gary Calhoun James at King Electric Studio - Austin, TX
Mastered by: Carl Saff at Saff Mastering - Austin, TX
Produced by: Ali Pervez Mehdi, Josh Peters, and Joshua Thomson

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Atlas Maior makes original music informed by Jazz, Arab, Turkish and Latin American musical traditions.

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