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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Baha’i Temple Chicago: Aerial Drone Footage

This beautiful aerial footage of the Baha’i temple in Chicago was shot by the Parrot Bebop Drone 3.

You can find out more about the Chicago Baha’i temple from their official website: www.bahai.us/bahai-temple

Also, here’s a Baha’i Blog article about Baha’i temples, also know as Baha’i Houses of Worship: What Kind of Temple is This

Like trivia? Take this Baha’i Blog trivia quiz about Baha’i Houses of Worship: Baha’i Trivia: Houses of Worship

Leonor Dely & Millero Congo “Esto es Fe” Album Promo

This is a short video about Leonor Dely & Millero Congo, a Baha’i-inspired group coming from the musically rich South American nation of Colombia.

Esto es Fe (which is Spanish for “This is Faith”) is the new album from the group, and you may have heard the music of Leonor Dely & Millero Congo in the Frontiers of Learning video in the segment about Colombia.

Esto es Fe is Leonor Dely & Millero Congo’s fifth album, which takes the listener on a spiritual journey that combines drums, vocals, native flutes and harmonies releasing the sounds of Colombia’s rich Afro-Latin heritage. The album is a continuation of four previous albums: Amame, Talisman, Ora Tambo, and Makerule – all produced by Grammy-award winning KC Porter. Continue reading

Esto es Fe: A New Album by Leonor Dely & Millero Congo

Esto es Fe (which is Spanish for “This is Faith”) is the new album from Leonor Dely & Millero Congo, a Baha’i-inspired group coming from the musically rich South American nation of Colombia.

You may have heard the music of Leonor Dely & Millero Congo in the Frontiers of Learning video in the segment about Colombia, and Esto es Fe is Leonor Dely & Millero Congo’s fifth album, which takes the listener on a spiritual journey that combines drums, vocals, native flutes and harmonies releasing the sounds of Colombia’s rich Afro-Latin heritage. The album is a continuation of four previous albums: Amame, Talisman, Ora Tambo, and Makerule – all produced by Grammy-award winning KC Porter.

I decided to catch up with Leonor Dely to find out more about her and the band, and about this wonderful new album: Continue reading

Baha’i Naw-Ruz Celebrations on Swiss TV (in Swiss German)

It’s great to see how the Baha’i Faith is being covered in different parts of the world, and on a Swiss National Television (SRF) show called “Bilder Zum Feiertag”, which means “Impressions of the Holy Day” in German, they did an episode on the Baha’i Naw-Ruz celebrations in Zurich, Switzerland in 2015.

The TV show is in Swiss German, so if you don’t speak Swiss German then you won’t really understand much, but it uses a host from a different religion to capture the event of a holy day celebration of a different religion through their own eyes, and in this episode, a Buddhist named Tenzin Khangsar visited the March 21, 2015 “Naw Ruz“, (or New Year) celebration of the Baha’is in Zurich.

You can visit the official website of the Baha’is of Switzerland here: www.bahai.ch

The Baha’i Faith in Papua New Guinea on EMTV

In this special episode of Olsem Wanem, a TV show on EMTV, a Papua New Guinean TV channel, they explore how the Baha’i Faith found its way to the shores of Papua New Guinea some 60 years ago.

“Olsem wanem” means “What’s happening?” and the program aims to hear the views from all those who live in Papua New Guinea in order to gain a greater understanding of issues facing ordinary Papua New Guineans and the things happening around them.

“What a Power is Love” by Shireen & Carmel Zein [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is a series of videos on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world into a studio to record and share a song or two based on the Baha’i Writings which they’ve put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we go to Sydney, Australia, where sisters Shireen and Carmel Zein sing “What a Power is Love”, based on an excerpt from a talk given by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog Presents “Studio Sessions” – A New Series on our YouTube Channel

As someone who’s had the opportunity to travel a whole lot over the years, I’ve had the fortune of attending a variety of different Baha’i-related gatherings around the world, and one of the things I’ve enjoyed immensely is being able to listen to songs performed by members of these various communities, who have been moved to put the Sacred Baha’i Writings to music.

I’ve always wished others could hear these songs, and so now we’ve started what we call Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” in order to share some of these beautiful compositions with the rest of the world. In this new series of videos found on our YouTube Channel, we invite individuals or groups to come into the studio to perform a song or two while we record and film it. Continue reading