Niyaz, Bene Bene And World Music

 

Bene Bene by Niyaz

“From your door of benevolence, cast your generosity upon me
Don’t let me mix into the world of matters
Overlook my rebellion, show compassion
Take me, O friend, to my goal – the ultimate destination

Take me, O beloved, take me
Take me, O friend, to my goal – the ultimate destination”

The Niyaz Official Video

And so go the lyrics to the fabulously enchanting song Beni Beni by the Middle Eastern/World/Trance/Electronic band Niyaz (Farsi for “yearning”). It’s as if the longing for union with the infinite is reaching through your speakers to grab you and carry you off into a world of both desire and fulfillment simultaneously. But here’s the catch: the above lyrics are a translation. The song is sung in Turkish by the ever-alluring Iranian vocalist Azam Ali and it doesn’t matter that you can’t understand them. Azam Ali’s haunting and pensive tone becomes an instrument of the god’s and we are left with no choice but to follow it wherever it leads us. The feeling of confident longing simply gets through to the listener without any effort whatsoever. We understand even without understanding. The track supporting Ali’s vocals by multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and producer Carmen Rizzo summons visions of an ancient middle east that is mysterious, romantic and erotic. The pulsating beats and pedal point bass gives this track a certain hypnotic element while the stringed instruments of Loga Ramin Torkian provide a flavorful amount of tension and harmony which makes the track extremely danceable yet thoughtful and sweet enough to meditate upon into the deepest depths.

Lots of Great Tunes from Niyaz

There is much that is written about the musical careers of the members of Niyaz and I shall leave it to the reader to do a Google search and discover more if they so choose. Rather I would like to invite the reader to listen to Beni Beni while enjoying the romantic embrace of a lover, while sitting and meditating upon a candles flame or the evening sky, or while doing any other thoughtful activity where music can be used to push you over the edge towards a higher place. That’s what this music does for me. It may just do the same for you.

Bene Bene Performed Live

For more about Niyaz

Aime Caron is a composer/musician currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He was born and raised in Taunton, MA and received his bachelors degree in Contemporary Writing and Production from the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. He is a multi-instrumentalist and his main instruments are piano, guitar, and flute. He has a particular fondness for World Music though anything with a good groove and unique harmony/melody interests him the most. Mr. Caron has spent extensive time in the Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Moscow Russia where he was exposed to a diverse vocabulary of music from around the globe, like music by Niyaz.