A friend of mine was looking for mp3s for a Birth of Bahá’u’lláh celebration she is putting together for tonight (click here for information about the celebration tonight in DC) and asked for recommendations for "upbeat, funky, soulful Bahá'í music for everyday enjoyment." I sent her the following response, which I thought it might be a good idea to share more broadly.
go to http://www.cdbaby.com and search on "bahai." for many of these, you can buy individual mp3s instead of (or in addition to) ordering the physical CD. My top recommendations among these would be:
- Devon Gundry (definitely!)
- Temple of Light (compilation, browse the songs for ones you like)
- Visceral Melee: Lotus in the Mudd (I love the song "Found You")
- Julie Rosser: Beloved (the song "Beloved" is a great one for Birth of Bahá’u’lláh celebrations)
- Maureen Hunter & Niaz McGuire: Higher Vision (one of my favorites!)
- The Workshop for the Arts: Unrestrained as the Wind (diverse compilation; Ruhi Book 2 quotes set to music by various artists, executive produced by moi - also available at http://www.earbuzz.com/workshopforthearts where Workshop for the Arts gets a higher percentage of what you pay)
- Best of RadioNur 2003 (some gems on here--I love "Tender Plant")
- SKY (female a cappella; some new age, some jazzy - great for devotions)
Also, there's a Bahá'í mp3 site: http://www.divinenotes.com. If you haven't heard Leonor Dely, you must. It's all in Spanish, with rocking South American rhythms.
Lest I forget my favorite Bahá'í hip-hop group:
Nabil & Karim
here (I would recommend "Witness" for Birth of Bahá’u’lláh celebrations)