Every time I play a "Mantradeli dj set" for a tribe of dancing people, I feel a calling within me to play songs that are deeply filled with Eastern influences.
It happened to me several times before: when I play one of these types of songs, a glimmering light starts to float all over and inside my body. It feels as if this light gently rises up and starts shining through me.
I don't understand any of the words being sung (as they sing in a for me unknown language), but the feeling that this type of music touches inside of me, is very precious to me. It speaks directly to my soul, lights my inner fire and awakens the mystic within.
One of my all time favorite artists who translate deep Eastern mysticism into musical vibrations is "Niyaz". The founders of this band are based in Iran and their mission is to build a bridge between the Eastern and the Modern world.
In March 2015 they released their fourth album "The Fourth Light". This album is dedicated to "Rabia Basri", an eight century poet and mystic woman from Irak. She is recognised as a Sufi philosopher and was a big source of inspiration for poets like Rumi.
The reason why this album has been dedicated to her, is because she has been left out of the Eastern history books. Niyaz decided to bring her back to life through their music and somehow connect Rabia Basri's knowledge with the modern world.
I had the honour to play a few of Niyaz's songs at Ecstatic Dance last month. The power of their music is profound and I feel blessed that we have a dancing tribe here in Belgium that resonates with these soul-to-soul musical transmissions.
Take your time to have a listen to their beautiful album by clicking this link: "Niyaz - The Fourth Light"