Peace, one and all...
I attended the 'Evening of Inspiration' Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (16th April). Sami Yusuf, Zain Bhika, Native Deen and others were playing. I just wanted to say what a great time I had, al hamdu lillah. It was really nice to see 3,500 Muslims together, all enjoying excellent music with a good message: it's okay to be a British Muslim and it's okay to be proud of being a Muslim. An evening of inspiration indeed. I hope there will be other such concerts, insha Allah. Indeed, there have been several in the last couple of years and I think they're a healthy sign. After some trying times (especially after 7/7), the British Muslim community is starting to find its voice again, al hamdu lillah. The music was excellent - hard to single out a favourite, though Sami Yusuf blew the roof off and Native Deen were cool (al hamdu lillah).
We were also treated to the T'noura Experience from Egypt, who seemed to be a dance group of sorts. There were two men dressed in heavy, colourful robes. They twirled round and round for about 20 minutes or so, whilst spinning bright robes in various ways. The music (traditional Egyptian drums) was great, though I must confess that the dancing was a little bizarre. Watching them, it was easy to see how the Whirling Dirvishes of Turkey could induce altered states of consciousness though such dancing. Indeed, they only seemed to return to the stage at the very end (perhaps they'd only just stopped spinning)!
All in all, a great evening. More please!