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Baha’i Remix Project

April 3, 2016, in Music > Community, by

The Baha’i Remix Project is a new project currently in progress and created by Daniel Badi Rinaldi.

Here’s what Daniel has to say about it:

The Baha’i community around the world has produced beautiful music throughout the decades. Some of it has been recorded and many generations have benefitted from these songs. Many people have memorized prayers or quotes because they learned them through song. Despite the timelessness of the words, the music itself tends to fade away with time, even when the music is just amazing!

My goal with this project is to revive songs by remixing them through the lens of hip-hop, EDM, or whatever medium works and sounds good. My hope is to reintroduce these songs to newer generations who might gain a deeper appreciation for the original song after hearing it remixed. That is my personal experience when I listen to most remixes. This project might also evoke nostalgia for those who are already familiar with the original songs.

I want to invite other talented producers to contribute to this project. Choose one or a few songs that have inspired you over the years, remix it with your flavor within the bounds of decency and reverence, submit it to me to see if it can be published under this project, and then we go about getting permission from the song’s rights holder.

“Blessed is the Spot” is the first single and I have more in store that will be released with the album when it’s ready. The release of the entire album will depend on how fast I can finish up the other songs and/or how quickly other producers arise to collaborate.

I also invite the general audience to submit ideas for songs that you think should be remixed.

With much musical love,

– Daniel Badi Rinaldi

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Naysan Naraqi

Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.

Discussion 1 Comment

I am occasionally involved as a reviewer for the NSA / Bahai Publications on audio material. One of the trickiest elements of this task is making a call on what is appropriately reverent and respectful of the holy text. I’m a big believer in context over everything. I have heard rap and hip hop examples that I think are perfectly acceptable and some that I was less comfortable with. The key for me comes down to “how would I say that to someone” as opposed to sing? Am I joyously shouting something that I would speak in a much more serious way or vice versa? How does this line as lyric place the me as a singer? Am I passing on the message or “acting” as the Messenger? Within this discussion is also the technical aspect. If the Words are badly recorded or mixed, have they been given due respect? Is deliberate tonal distortion acceptable? (Bearing in mind that chanting is a distortion of distortion in a different domain.
Food for thought anyway.

Colin Webber (April 4, 2016 at 1:28 AM)

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