The opening sounds of this dramatic new composition by Sami Yusuf carry the eternal message of wind and stones, with anchoring vocalization by Emin Mammadov. Shur mugham elements are then introduced through the astonishing voice of Kanan Bayramli. The sweeping melody conveys the majesty of place and the weight of time.
Rising above the Caspian Sea, Gobustan’s boulders contain six thousand ancient stone carvings, messages left by our human ancestors over twenty thousand years ago. They speak to us not just of another time, but of another way of being.
One remarkable feature of Gobustan are its stone drums, an ancient means of communicating across distance (like a Stone Age text message). The sound of these stone drums are incorporated into this extraordinary piece.
Musical Director & Composer: Sami Yusuf
Creative Producer & Director: Andrei Boltenko
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Mixed & Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan