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Stranger Music - Suns Of Arqa  
Stranger Music
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An album of LEONARD COHEN cover songs!?! Seems unlikely if not a little bizarre from the legendary World Music group SUNS OF ARQA, who only last year saw album releases on INTERCHILL Canada  (Know Thyself? ichillCD047) and DRAGONFLY LSD UK (Scared Sacred BFLCD90). But as the title reveals STRANGER MUSIC is no ordinary album. It effortlessly takes the lyrical mastery of LEONARD COHEN and creates a cohesive amalgamation with the rhythms of the late BRYN JONES aka MUSLIM GAUZE – if you’re not aware of MUSLIM GAUZE check out some of the 200 plus uncompromising releases.

The vocals of ANGEL EYE are unique interpretations of LEONARD COHEN’S most profound poetic verse and superlative songs. This is pure eclectic genius from MICHAEL WADADA, the Manchester Underground music creator of SUNS OF ARQA, who continues to have a seminal influence on the whole World Dub Dance AmbientTrance music scene, having collaborated on ground breaking tracks with YOUTH, JOHN LECKIE, PRINCE FAR-I, ADRIAN SHERWOOD, GUY CALLED GERALD, ANDY WEATHERALL,THE ORB, ZION TRAIN, and 808 STATE…….

STRANGER MUSIC features a whole host of artistic contributions from the best creative innovators & musicians around. With STEVE YORK on bass, whose credits are too huge to mention yet notably brought the career of MARIANNE FAITHFUL back to life with his amazing bass playing on the album Broken English. Renowned British composer JOHN TAVENER also receives the SUNS OF ARQA treatment with a tremendous reworking of ‘Funeral Ikos’ from master mixer OHEAD aka DAVID HENDRY. While South Africa’s finest jazz pianist the late BHEKI MSELEKU brings STRANGER MUSIC to a sublime conclusion.

This is a beautifully produced and packaged album, and includes a bonus SUNS OF ARQA LIVE DVD featuring the full magnificent sound of SUNS OF ARQA’s rare UK appearances performing in recent festivals: Glastonbury, Big Chill and Trowbridge Village Fayre.



CD Track List:  
Track Title Artist
CD 01 Anthem Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 02 Every Pebble Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 03 The Window Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 04 Story of Isaac Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 05 Sisters Of Mercy Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 06 One Night I Burned Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 07 You Have No Form Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 08 On Hearing A Name Long Unspoken Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 09 Prayer For Messiah Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 10 Who By Fire Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 11 Opium & Hitler Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 12 Magic Is Afoot Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 13 Baghdad Batterie Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 14 Funeral Ikos Suns Of Arqa Play
CD 15 Venu Bachar Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 01 Beyond The Beyond Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 02 Prayer For Messiah Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 03 Tabla Solo Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 04 Bhageshri / Through the Gate We Go Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 05 Mastom Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 06 Let Go Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 07 Tiamat Versus Marduk Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 08 Jaggernaut - International Manchester 1989 Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 09 Prayer For Messiah Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 10 Anthem Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 11 God Is Alive / Judgement Day Suns Of Arqa Play
DVD 12 Enuma Elish Suns Of Arqa Play
Label ProfileLabel: Arka Sound
Sales NotesFormat: CD / DVD
Further InformationBarcode: 5060147126686
Track ListingRelease Date: 2011-04-01
Genre: World FusionCatalogue Number: ARKACD33137CD