December 3, 2011
In my opinion, the latest album from The Boxer Rebellion is, so far, the one of best albums of 2011. Their progressive, sublime, alt-rock sound with layers reminiscent of Radiohead, Coldplay and The Fleet Foxes is full of dark tones. However, the album manages to maintain a beauty and aura of peace and upliftment even though the music is dealing with themes around the acceptance of death and loss.
What really adds to the musical experience is the wonderful artwork and booklet type album cover.
The artwork and album cover design was created by the Icelandic artist/designer, Jónas Valtýsson. (click here to see his website , it well worth the visit).
Jónas explains on his website:”I wanted to convey the feeling and meaning of the album with a simple metaphor for life. A single leaf full of life on the front cover. The leaf ages step by step inside the booklet, ending on the last page where only the bare skeleton is left.”
Take a look below:
September 11, 2010
Blessings to all my Muslim friends who celebrated Eid this week.
Below is a photo of an ancient Sufi Mosque near Khartoum that I attended a while back during a trip to Sudan. Actually, I joined a Friday sunset Zikr at the graveyard next to the Mosque. See the photos here
I’m looking forward to going to the Sufi Temple tomorrow morning here in Newlands, Cape Town.
January 1, 2009
A prayer pole that we burnt last night.
Our prayers were of thankfulness for God’s blessings in 2008 and our hopes for 2009. There was singing and drumming as the fire was lit and burnt.
October 20, 2008
I shot this photo on Saturday night. I was at Afrika Burn in the middle of the Karoo, South Africa.
The ground was hard like marble. It resembled the skin of a albino python. Fine, delicate desert flowers had grown out of the thin cracks in Earth’s shell. The life had almost dried out of these plants. The thermometer had reach 42 degrees celsius earlier that day. As summer now begins, soon these flowers will be gone and the ground will be left bare.
Any suggestions for a title are most welcome.
October 16, 2008
I took these photos last Friday evening in Khartoum, Sudan. The Sufi Dervishes meet outside at sunset in a cemetery with a small weathered and ancient mosque. It was an exhilarating experience. The fast rhythmic drumming, chanting and dancing is hypnotic and trance inducing with a powerful sense of joy.