- Ayyam-i-Ha is a Baha’i festival that is joyously celebrated in countries and territories all over the world. It is a time of hospitality, generosity, and caring for the needy. This year Ayyam-i-Ha runs from February 26-29.
“My Belleza” is a song by Ali Youssefi, featuring Shangó Dely, based on the words of Baha’u’llah in Spanish. The song features a rich tapestry of harmonizing vocals and intricate traditional Latin percussion which complement beautifully the passage from the Hidden Words that is sung.
Here are the words sung in Spanish:
Ciega tus ojos para que veas Mi belleza; tapa tus oídos para que escuches la dulce melodía de Mi voz; vacíate de todo saber para que compartas Mi conocimiento; y santifícate de las riquezas para que obtengas una parte duradera del océano de Mi eterna riqueza.
Here is the English translation of the lyrics:
Blind thine eyes, that thou mayest behold My beauty; stop thine ears, that thou mayest hearken unto the sweet melody of My voice; empty thyself of all learning, that thou mayest partake of My knowledge; and sanctify thyself from riches, that thou mayest obtain a lasting share from the ocean of My eternal wealth.
In a video interview with Ali, we hear about the role an artist or musician can play in building community. And in a written interview with him about “Waves”, he shares what he has learned about the process of putting virtual choir music videos together.
Ali was also critical in helping us film Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions in Belgrade, Serbia (where he was living at the time), and from these sessions you can watch him sing “Jedinstvo (Unity)” in Serbian, “Oh Mi Siervo (O My Servant)” in Spanish, and “Know Ye Not” in English. He also sings “Blessed Is the Spot” along with Katie and Deborah Eckert from our Studio Session recorded in Antigua and Barbuda.
If you’d like to know more, please visit Ali Youssefi’s website.
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