Lullabies from the Axis of Evil
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Lullabies from the Axis of Evil (US edition)


This extraordinary collaborative work by women from around the world brings a new sense to the Bushian phrase by making a statement of hope and peace in an age of chaos. The album contains 14 lullabies from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan and Cuba, sung by women from these countries including Rim Banna, Mahsha Vahdat, Sun Ju Lee, Jawahar Shofani, in duets with 'western' artists including Nina Hagen (Germany), Eddi Reader (Scotland), Sarah Jane Morris (England), Lila Downs (USA/Mexico) and Mimi (USA), all within compositions by Knut Reiersrud and a group of musicians from Norway and the world. Thus the record forms 14 small musical bridges between east and west, north and south. A complete track, sound samples and artist listing follows below.

See also:
Women CARE (Unni Wilhelmsen, Anneli Drecker, Simone and Lynni Treekrem from Norway meet Chiwoniso from Zimbabwe, Marie Daulne (lead singer of Zap Mama), Tigist Bekele from Ethiopia, and Talike from Madagascar
Knut Reiersrud
Skruk and Rim Banna
Rim Banna Mirrors of my Soul Sevara Nazarkhan

The way things are today, this is a daring and poignant recording. Daring, because the songs featured all come from countries that are in the headlines these days, usually in a negative way, all of them associated with pain and suffering. Poignant, because this is not about making a righteous stand: this is, first and foremost, a record of haunting music and a fusion of East and West of the utmost caliber.

So, forget about rights and wrongs, dividing lines, preconceptions, enemies and friends, haves and have-nots. This is not a record about divisions or "I am holier than thou" attitudes. This is a record that uses music to do what music does best: express pure emotions, unite and make us feel and think. Although the pace is leisurely and the spirit melancholic, this is not a tortured record, but a soothing experience that uplifts and calms. - Nondas Kitsos, RootsWorld

You should also listen to Krybberom by Rim Banna (Palestine) and Skruk (Norway)

Tracks and artists
(highlighted tracks are MP3 samples)
  1. "Sad sol" You're my destiny
    Mahsa Vahdat, Iran
    Sarah Jane Morris, England
  2. "Dilelol" Sleep, my child
    Amel Kthyer and Halla Bassam, Iraq
    Eva Dahlgren, Sweden
  3. "Lalolalo" - Don't you worry, my child
    Kulsoom Syed Ghulam, Afghanistan
    Lila Downs, Mexico/USA
  4. "Ya Lel Ma Atwalak" This never ending night
    Rim Banna, Palestine
    Kari Bremnes, Norway
  5. "Luna, Luna" - Luna, Luna little doll
    Mayada Killisly Baghdadi, Syria
    Mimi, USA
  6. "Peace song"
    Halla Bassam, Iraq
    Sevara Nazarkhan, Uzbekistan
  7. "Aruru" Lullaby, sweet baby
    Martha Lorenzo, Cuba
    Nina Hagen, Germany
  8. "Stars are rising"
    Sun Ju Lee, North Korea
    Eddi Reader, Scotland
  9. "Nami" - Angel
    Viva Killisly Chachati, Syria
    Katia Cardenal, Nicaragua
  10. "Lalalala Gohle Laleh"
    Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat, Iran
  11. "Nami ya la'aubi" Sleep, my doll
    Rim Banna, Palestine
    Annisette, Denmark
  12. "Gohlelale" - My tulip, my pearl
    Pari Zanganeh, Iran
    The Washington National Cathedral Girls Choristers, USA
    Elana Fremerman, USA
  13. "Nami" - Lament
    Jawaher Shofani, Palestine
  14. "Mazar" Some day, my boy
    Fanzya and Razya Khan Ali, Afghanistan
    Elana Fremerman, USA
  15. "Watch Over Me"
    Halla Bassam, Iraq
    Ricki Lee Jones, USA

A letter from the producer:
Having been involved in 300 record-productions, most of them as a producer, I would like to give you the following message:

I have very seldom taken part in projects of which I truly can say that they changed me as a person. It might have happened four or five times before. Now it has happened again.

I am speaking about the CD Lullabies from the Axis of Evil.

The album contains 14 lullabies from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan and Cuba. Every lullaby is presented in its original form sung by women from these countries, and then a western version with interpretations in English sung by singers like Nina Hagen (Germany), Eddi Reader (Scotland Fairground Attraction), Sarah Jane Morris (England), Lila Downs (USA/Mexico) and Mimi (USA) is attached to it, within a musical landscape composed by Knut Reiersrud. Thus the record forms 14 small musical bridges between east and west.

In the world of today, there is a need of the power of lullabies. They are more reliable than most of the hits we find on the charts these days. They will remain when most of the digital dust from the porous music business has fallen to the ground. They are the point where the cultures and civilisations of the earth meet each other, or rather the common starting-point from which they grow into diversity.

In the world of today the lullabies are more sustain than the weapons of Bush and Al-Qaida.

But it is not a given fact that all people hear them. It is not a given fact that the mothers' voices are heard at all. Most of what the media brings us is the language of power, generally spoken by men.

Good music has a great value! It has the ability of changing people's attitudes and minds. This is a work of peace. I will as strong as possible ask you to give the project "Lullabies from the Axis of Evil" some attention! - Erik Hillestad, Producer

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