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In this edition of our monthly music playlist, we wanted to focus on the theme of oneness, fellowship and unity. Reflecting on this fundamental principle of the Baha’i Faith, we were inspired by the following words:

The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p.286.

  • Volume 4 opens with a song by Maori artist Stan Walker, titled New Takeover, rooted in young Maori people regaining pride in their indigenous heritage and traditions and the role they play in uniting people today
  • Tennessee by Hip hop outfit Arrested Development, was written like a prayer to God, and reflects on the role that God and community play in supporting one’s journey through life and trying to keep them close to us
  • A collective of artists come together to bring you Braided Hair, an ode to the unique journeys that life takes us on, and how our choices form paths that weave into others like braided hair
  • The Dictator, an electronic mash up by Dan Reed, that features a moving monologue by Charlie Chaplin in his 1940 movie The Dictator
  • Batucada, a song about focusing on the future rather than the past, reminding us to always push forward with force, strength and vigor
  • Roobaroo from the Bollywood film Rang De Basanti, about friendship and forgiveness,
  • A new song by Kimbra, titled The Good War, about fighting the good fight for freedom and peace of mind
  • King Without a Crown, by former Hasidic Jew and rapper, Matisyahu, is based on the Jewish belief of the King—God—who has casts his crown down to be a servant to His people. The song reminds us of the continuous protection that prayer offers in times of search, protection, purpose and fulfilment, and it unites Matisyahu’s religious beliefs with his love for reggae, a style of music closely associated with themes of love, freedom and equality
  • We end this volume on a song called Strive, produced by Bass Adjustment and featuring Baha’i musician Jose Maria Fierro, about striving for excellence. The song features a selection from following quote from Abdu’l-Baha:

Please submit any song ideas or suggestions you may have to Shadi Toloui-Wallace at shadi@bahaiteachings.org. Happy listening, raise up your voices and shout, and dance like no one’s watching!

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