Have A Beautiful Morning, Sovereigns!

Luisa Maita, Brazilian songstress, with the title track from her new American album release entitled “Lero Lero”

Look who’s coming now,

Just, “Hey, What’s up?” and a glance eye to eye
He’s on our side
No hurry, no delay
Everything’s all right

He’s of the same blood
Our flow is telepathic
Beyond words

And when life gets tough
It’s just, “Hey, What’s up?” And a glance eye to eye
And I’m back to all right

This is for you, my brother
This is for you, my brother
Everything’s all right

Waris Husain- Suffi Musical Spiritualism

As I have discussed previously, a certain strain of Islam that more people should know about is Suffiism. There are lots of analogies one can use to describe them- think Rastafarianism is to Christianity as Suffism is to Islam. While there are several schools of Suffis, many explain that one can be a Suffi without knowing it- as they acknowledge a one-ness between themselves, their society, and their environment as the only true “rule.” Each individuals path is different.

One of the central teachings of Suffi leaders has been that humans should find methods to channel a deeper subconsciousness or to induce trance states. The Whirling Dervishes did this spinning  motion while dancing to music because they believed it would put them in a trance so they could truly focus without disruption on their spirituality. Music has been a part of Suffi traditions from its start, and the following is one mystic who utilizes his drums to induce trances amongst his audience.

Sovereign of the Week: South African B-Boy and Artist- Emile Jansen

South African artist Emile Jansen has embraced the challenge of reaching out to vulnerable kids with the help of hip hop. Since the 1980s, he has been a leading force in the musical movement and now he is using his talents to help children in the Cape Town flats neighbourhood where he grew up.

In this First Person account, Jansen talks about his non-profit project Heal the Hood and how he teaches kids to dance and sing while preaching non-violence.        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/world_news_america/8982390.stm

“We need to actually mobilize young people to actually physically find equal force in thier actions to speak out, to stand up, to talk to each other, to connect with each other, to understand the humanity, make friends. It isnt just this group of people that you randomly speak about, when they are recharged with a sense of self worth they feel a sense of love for themselves. That is projected outwards, if i look at you and I see me in you, if i love me I will love you too.