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S2 E3 | FULL EPISODE

Raga Maqam – Amir ElSaffar and Brooklyn Raga Massive

Raga Maqam is an exploration of the shared threads of Iraqi maqam and Indian raga. Composed by Iraqi-American musician Amir ElSaffar in conjunction with Brooklyn Raga Massive, the 15-person ensemble features artists hailing from around the world.

AIRED: July 26, 2021 | 0:49:53
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TRANSCRIPT

My breath rises

To implore you

And all of my gestures

Speak to you

And all of my gestures

Speak to you

How I wish for your sweetness

How I wish for your sweetness

In this bitter life

And your approval

In the face of all strife

And your approval

In the face of all strife

And your approval

In the face of

In the face of

In the face of all strife

I wish for

Our bond to bloom

Even if my bond

With the world is doomed

Your kindness and affection

Will alleviate all

When all creatures

Return to dust

When all creatures

Return to dust

Others can bear separation

Others can bear separation

Other lovers can deceive

Love's secret

Lies within my heart

And only God

Knows the secrets

My heart is like a tree branch

That still has a bird on it

How sweet is the talk

That broke the bitterness

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