Fri. 4/1 at 10pm: On April 12, 2011, a virtual community around the world, spearheaded by the Archive of Contemporary Music in New York, will attempt to catalogue all known recordings of music inspired by or connected with Islam.
This program samples the engaging and eclectic results - including such act as a 17-piece, all-Muslim 1950s jazz band in Chicago, Sufi chants in sacred ceremony, the songs of Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour, ecstatic instrumental performances of Arab art music, Muslim punk rock, and the latest popular singers seeking religious guidance during a time of unprecedented change across much of the Muslim world.
Some say Islam forbids music. This program makes the counter argument, not with words, but with fabulous, soul-stirring music.
To find out more, head to the website.