I’m so excited about featuring Yosi Mesbah’s album, Cellar and Sky, on Baha’i Blog. It’s a hauntingly honest, uplifting and moving album where her folksy and jazzy timbered voice beautifully sings about dealing with life’s tests and difficulties in a lyrical but down-to-earth way. I can’t help but feel moved when I hear her album, and I had the pleasure of meeting Yosi at the recent Grand Canyon Baha’i Conference in Arizona a couple of months ago. As you know I love asking artists about their creative process and was glad when Yosi agreed to tell us more about her album and her experiences in putting it together. Continue reading
It was a beautiful coincidence that Cantad, Oh Pueblos caught my eye at the same time as the dedication of the Baha’i Temple for South America in Santiago, Chile. This album features many beloved and well-recognized Baha’i choral and pop songs, but on Cantad, Oh Pueblos you can hear these familiar melodies sung in Spanish. This album is a triumph of musical translation and it was produced by Tommy Kavelin, who happily agreed to tell us all about it.
Baha’i Blog: Hi Tommy! Thank you for spending some time with us. To begin, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work as a musician? Continue reading
When I was in Los Angeles recently, I had the pleasure of attending a beautiful evening of music at the home of some friends who invited the wonderful Zinnia to perform. Inspired by the writings of the Baha’i Faith, Zinnia’s powerful voice coupled with thought provoking lyrics and soul-stirring melodies immediately took a hold of everyone in the audience and she had us locked in our seats.
Needless to say, as soon as the performance was over, I immediately went up to her to find out more about her and her beautiful music, and she agreed to do an interview for Baha’i Blog, so here it is: Continue reading
The team at Baha’i Blog is super excited to let everyone know that we’ve just published our 50th Studio Sessions song, and there’s still many more to come!
Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions is a musical initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends in different parts of the world into a studio to film and record them singing a song based on the Baha’i Writings. We then make these songs available every week for free on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel and SoundCloud page for everyone to listen to! (You can also read more about Studio Sessions and how it all started here). Continue reading
I’m so excited to share with everyone a wonderful new album called ‘Whither Shall I Turn’ by Bonnie Lisbeth.
Bonnie is based in Hertfordshire, UK, and you may have already heard her music in one of Baha’i Blog’s Studio Sessions recorded in London called “O Lord Provide” by Bonnie & Noor.
In this beautiful Baha’i-inspired acoustic album, Bonnie shares with us what she calls a little piece of her life over the last five years in the form of music.
I caught up with Bonnie to find out more about her and her album: Continue reading
Born in the light of the upcoming inauguration of the Baha’i Temple in Chile, I’m so excited about sharing a wonderful new musical initiative by a group of three Baha’is in Santiago, Chile who call themselves “Arrayanes”.
Arrayanes is a trio of close friends – Carlos Medina, Felipe Duhart and Eduardo Rioseco – bound together by friendship, laughter, and love of the Baha’i Faith, who set out to share their soundtrack of the vibrant community life developing around the Continental House of Worship for South America soon to be completed. The result is the creation of an album full of uplifting Latin American melodies and rhythms in pop-folk style, coupled with a compelling spiritual message.
I decided to get in touch with the three friends who have been playing together since 2011, to find out more about this wonderful initiative, and here’s what Eduardo had to say on behalf of the group: Continue reading
To wrap up our Top 10 Baha’i Blog lists of the year as a result of our 5th year anniversary, we finish things off with a countdown of the top 10 audio posts added to Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section based on the highest traffic from Naw-Ruz 2015 to Naw-Ruz 2016.
Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section is where we post both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content from others found in the online world (strictly adhering to copyright laws of course). To date we’ve published approximately 100 posts in the Audio Section where you can find everything from Baha’i-inspired talks, to interviews to music, and it’s where we continue to add new items every week!
Here are the top 10 posts in Baha’i Blog’s Audio Section for the year starting the countown from number 10: Continue reading
To celebrate Baha’i Blog’s 5th year anniversary, we posted our top 10 articles of the year, so now in the spirit of continuing the celebration, it’s time to list the top 10 videos posted in Baha’i Blog’s video section for the year.
As you hopefully know by now, Baha’i Blog has an Audio Section, an Image Section, our Article Section, and the very popular Video Section, where we’ve published around 200 videos so far of both original content produced by Baha’i Blog, and curated content made by others from around the online world.
In this top 10 countdown, we list the top 10 videos with the most amount of traffic posted to our video section from Naw-Ruz 2015 to Naw-Ruz 2016. So here we go starting from number 10: Continue reading
Now that Baha’i Blog has just had its fifth year anniversary of “celebrating everything Baha’i”, it’s time to do our annual ‘Top 10’ countdown of Baha’i Blog’s most popular articles of the year.
As you know Baha’i Blog has a Video Section, an Audio Section, an Image Gallery and of course our Article Section where we publish two original articles per week making that over 500 articles since we first went online. In this Top 10 countdown, we list the 10 most read articles of the last year – from Naw-Ruz 2015 to Naw-Ruz 2016, but before we begin, we’d like to say a very special “THANK YOU!” to everyone for your constant support and encouragement over the last five years!
Okay, so now here’s the countdown starting from number 10: Continue reading
I’m so excited to share with everyone a new album by the ever-so-wonderful Tara Ellis called Deliver Me.
Living in Los Angeles, Tara began her musical career as a recording session musician with credits including Black Eye Peas, Common, Eve, and others. While under contract with Sound and Color records, she also released her own commercial album called Proper Lady, along with several EP’s, but for me personally, her best work by far is the contribution she’s made to the world of Baha’i-inspired music.
The first time I had anything to do with Tara Ellis was over 10 years ago when I was working on The Dawnbreaker Collective album with close friend and producer Benny Cassette. When I heard Tara sing the song called ‘Anis’, a song dedicated to a follower of the Bab named ‘Anis’ who was executed with the Bab. I was so deeply moved by the song that even to this day, I find it very difficult to listen to the song because it still has such a profound emotional effect on me.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Tara in LA just before she started recording her new album Deliver Me, and so now that the album is out, I decided to talk to her about it and find out more: Continue reading