This album contains tracks of the old style, in the context of Ummah. Disc one contains tracks played for an audience, disc two for DJs and disc three is for those who know what’s what. Check out the full list, then prompt the tracks as described.
The album cover for Before The Dawn, a compilation album of three discs, created in 2011. The order of the three holed discs is of importance. The first one has songs in traditional Qawwali, the second one has songs in the New Style and the last one is in the Mixed Style. Almost all the tracks of the album are considered social songs (ghazals), except for a few songs of Quwaan-e-Akbar.Qawwali means Sufi Qawwali, which is mostly performed at places of worship or for festive occasions. Quwaan-e-Akbar is the music and dance genre of Iran that is most easily performed at gatherings at which alcohol is consumed such as festivals, weddings and parties. Traditionally the style had a female-based accompaniment with singers, using the dhol drum and tabla. It is less about the melody or the refrain, and more about the lyrical content of the songs. Now, it’s a multi-style fusion, with a larger number of vocal and instrumentalists per song, and sometimes fixed rhythm sections, such as a percussion, piano or guitar.The arrangement of the songs is usually done with a DJ for the karaoke purposes.This album has 80 tracks, out of which 36 are from Qawwali (22 have never been played before), 33 are mixed Soufic, and 11 are in the New Style.
The term Qiyam-ul-layl, in the most literal sense, means to stand during the night. It is a voluntary prayer which is offered between the time of Ishaa prayer and the Fajr prayer (before dawn). But the most preferred time is before sunrise, in the last third of the night.For more information, read our articleon qiyam.