Ya Tosiba - Love Party (Asphalt Tango Records)

Ya Tosiba arose from the meeting between Norwegian-Azerbaijani vocalist/songwriter Zuzu Zakaria and Finnish skweee-pioneer Tatu Metsätähti aka Mesak. The duo's repertoire is based on the meykhana, a kind of traditional spoken word performances in Azerbaijan at celebrations like weddings and the like, exclusively for men. The fact those lyrics for Ya Tosiba are now being performed by a woman is certainly not as straightforward as it seems. In addition, the duo blends the traditional Arabic and Persian melodies with influences from Scandinavian electro and hip-hop. The meykhana-tradition is rooted in Sufism and it's that same Islamic mystical tradition that 'Love Party', the title of the album, refers to. In Sufism love is a transcendental bond between god and man, and that connection is most easily made at a party, an event that best approaches our idea of heaven and where Allah and his 14 infallibles (the Prophet Muhammad, his daughter Fatima Zahra and the twelve Imams: Imam Ali, Imam Hassan, Imam Hussein, Imam Ali Zain al-Abidien , Imam Muhammad al-Baqir, Imam Jafar Sadiq, Imam Musa al-Kazim, Imam Ali ar-Rida, Imam Muhammad at-Taqi, Imam Ali al-Hadi, Imam Hasan al-Askari and Imam Muhammad al-Mahdi) are seated at the table pouring wine (read: words). The core of Sufism is the search for truth through unconditional love and devotion. Sufi poets like Aliagha Vahid and Imadaddin Nasimi often use wine or wine carriers as a symbol for love because the intoxication that results from both is quite comparable. Successful electro-folk combination, making ancient traditions collide with modern electronics.


Added: Jun 19, 2017