In Senegal

by Hathira Sama

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This album was developed and recorded in Dakar, Senegal for the 2011 Sufi Festival of Unity. Featuring traditional chants in Arabic, from the Sufi traditions of Islam, in Sanskrit, from the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of India, and poetry in French and English, each piece is offered as a prayer or meditation for the Heart.

We wish to pay our respects to the traditions and teachers who have inspired us and shared their knowledge with us: Ustad Khalil Gudaz, for introducing us to the Chisti Sufi tradition; Ummaji, for introducing us to devotional singing and for her enthusiasm and encouragement; Baluji Shrivastav, sitar master and tabla teacher, for his inspiring teachings and beautiful spirit.

Special thanks to Carol, who kept us sane, and to all who shared the journey with us in Senegal.

And most of all, our gratitude goes to the Mystery that allows everything to be as it is.

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released August 19, 2012

Rebecca Lemaire - Vocals, Bansuri, Singing bowls, Harmonium
Rajinder Deo - Tabla
Mark Pedersen - Electronics, Vocals

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Track Name: Opening
Ô Sublime One

Open my Heart
So it can blossom
Like a flower
Before its Creator

Open my Heart
So each of my words
May carry the echo of your exalted Silence

So Your Wisdom may appear
In each of my thoughts

And so Your Serenity
May resound in my Silences


Ô Irresistible One

Open my Heart
So it can blossom
Like a flower
Before its Creator

Open my Heart
So it may beat for
No one or nothing but You

So that my laughter as well as my tears
May be an expression of Your Joy

And so that Your Grace may caress this Earth
With each one of my steps


Ô Elevated One

Open my Heart
So it can blossom
Like a flower
Before its Creator

Open my Heart
So my outlook on this world
Is filled with Your Purity

So each of my decisions
May find its source in Your Truth

And so each of my actions
May serve Your Majesty


Ô Generous One

Open my Heart
So it can blossom
Like a flower
Before its Creator

Open my Heart
So my eyes
May shine with Your Trust

So that through these hands
The world may know of Your Abundance

And so that my Smile
May be a reflection of Your Patience

Ô Almighty One

Open me! Open me!
Open me
So this entire body
May be the instrument of Your Peace,
Of Your Wisdom
And of Your Light

So my life
May be an example of Your Benevolence

And so my death
May honour Your Permanence
Track Name: La ila ha il Allah
La illaha illallah There is no God but God
Muhammadu Rasull ullah Muhammad is the Messenger of God
Nuh Naji ullah Noah is the Secret of God
Ibrahim Khalil ullah Abraham is the Friend of God
Musa Qaleem ullah Moses is the One who talked with God
Isa Ruh ullah Jesus is the Spirit/Breath of God
Track Name: Om Asato Sat Gamaya
Bring us from deception to truth, from darkness to light, and from poison to the nectar of immortality.