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Maqām: Nahāwand

For ‘When Paths Meet’ a programmed launched at the Holland Festival, Sami Yusuf, Cappella Amsterdam & Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra perform a new rendition of ‘I Only Knew Love’. With minimal accompaniment, the traditional Andalusian melody moves from the singer to individual instruments to the chorus. The verse is carried beautifully by the rich voice of Amstersam Andalusian Orchestra’s Salah Mesbah. The lyrics are from a famous poem by the 8th century Sufi saint from Iraq, Rabi‘ah al-‘Adawiyyah, and this version features the original Arabic as well as an English translation.


Words by Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyyah
English translation by Dr. Tim Winter
Music: Traditional Andalusian
Maqām: Nahāwand

Sami Yusuf & Ensemble:

Sami Yusuf: Vocal
Ömer Avci: Bendir
Eyüpcan Açikpazu: Ney
Hasan Hekimoglu: Oud
Onur Cicin: Qanun
Guo Gan: Erhu
Seyyed Mohammad Jaberi: Daf
Huseyin Can Pala: Baglama
Mahyar Toreihi: Santoor
Jon Lawton: Guitar

Cappella Amsterdam:

Soprano: Sanda Audere, Elisabeth Blom, Marijke van der Harst
Alto: Hebe de Champeaux, Irene Sorozabal, Inga Schneider
Tenor: Jon Etxabe Arzuaga, Jelle Leistra, Diederik Rooker
Bass: Jan Douwes, Angus van Grevenbroek, Johan Vermeer

Production: Francesca Thompson

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The Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra:

Abderrahim Semlali: Violin
Jaafar Lougmani: Violin
Mohamed Al Mokhlis: Violin
Hessel Moeselaar: Viola
Hannelore de Vuyst: Violin
Haytam Safia: Oud
Marianne Noordink: Ney
Ruven Ruppik: Percussion
Khaili Ahmed: Percussion
Salah Mesbah: Vocals
Dwight Breinburg: Percussion,Vocals
Mohamed Chairi: Rabab,Vocals
Daniël van Huffelen: Double Bass
Ahmed el Maai: Qanun, Oud, Vocals

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Mixed and Mastered by Vishnu Rajan @ Andante Studios
Video Editing & Postproduction by Omar Al-Balushi @ Andante Studios

Christine Höchstötter
Katherine O’Brien
Claire Mcrandal
Vishnu Rajan
Omar Al Balushi

Audio Editing & Premixing: Omer Avci & Erdem Altinses

Recording Engineer: Joost Dellebare

Scoring Assistants: Ruslan Salimov, Amin Ebrahimi

Director: Henk van Engen
Assistent Director: Lieke van Zutphen
Producer Holland Festival: Rianne Super
Technical producer The Crew: Daan Kluin, Kaj de Groot,
Shading Niels Hakkel, Ray van Verseveld
Technical Facilities: The Crew The Netherlands
1st Camera: Job Scholtze
Camera: Ivo Borkus, Feline Potshuizen, Kees Patijn, Lars de Jong, Frits Schrijvers
Crane cam: Marjolein Hooting
Junior Cam: Lex Brouwer
Head of Assistent: Monica Hoogendoorn

Graphic Design & Artwork: Hasan Kuchkarov

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