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Suns Of Arqa

The world music collective Suns of Arqa was led by founder and mentor Michael Wadada; since the release of the group's 1979 debut LP Revenge of the Mozabites, some 200 members from across the globe passed through its ranks, many of them met by Wadada during his extensive travels and sharing his interest in indigenous, tribal, folk and classical music traditions. In addition to subsequent LPs including 1980's Wadada Magic, 1982's India? and 1984's Ark of the Arqans, the Suns of Arqa regularly backed dub legend Prince Far I, even performing at his final concert (captured on the Live with Prince Far-I LP). With the masterful Land of a Thousand Churches, Wadada began issuing the group's material on his own Arka Sound label; a flurry of releases followed, among them Alap-Joe-Jhala, Jaggernaut (Whirling Dub) and Shabda. The advent of the World Wide Web also brought a major new dimension to the Suns of Arqa aesthetic, with the collective's website (http://www.straightline.co.uk/arqa/globnet.html) actively soliciting music, lyrics, remixes and other creative contibutions for future projects, expanding their global network of particpants further than ever before. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Acid Tabla

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Track List: All Is Not Lost, But Where Is It?

1. Mother Tongue

2. Sadrayama

3. Erasmus Dub (feat. The Orb & Raja Ram)

4. The Fool Ascends (feat. Raja Ram & Youth)

5. Discordant Dawn

6. The Truth Lies Therein (feat. John Cooper Clarke)

7. Pablo's Lament

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Track List: Re-Mixs - Muslimgauze

1. Whirling Dub

2. Further Beyond

5. Echoes Of Melchizedek

6. Waz Whirling

7. How Further Now Is Heaven

8. Annanage

9. Sensi Palestine

10. Gawati

11. Hey Jagunath

12. Where's The Missing Chord

13. Acid Bends

14. Its In Me

15. Zorasta

16. Muslim Profit

17. Horses Of The Apothecary

18. Tick Tock Drop

19. Khammurabi

20. Shamash

21. Untitled

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Track List: Stranger Music

1. Anthem

2. Every Pebble

3. The Window

4. Story Of Isaac

5. Sisters Of Mercy

6. One Night I Burned

7. You Have No Form

8. On Hearing A Name Long Unspoken

9. Prayer For Messiah

10. Who By Fire

11. Opium And Hitler

12. Magic Is Afoot

13. Baghdad Batterie

14. Funeral Ikos

15. Venu Bachar

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Track List: Know Thyself?

1. Natbhairav

2. Noor Sarang

3. Nagaswarawali

4. Narayani

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Track List: Scared Sacred

1. Gentraige

2. Goltraige

3. Dordfhiansa

4. Echtratraige

5. Echtratraige (Part 2)

6. Echtratraige (Part 3)

7. Suantraige

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Track List: Through The Gate We Go

Disc 1

1. Mongolian Lullaby

2. Lama Geshe

3. Magiczna Mitose

4. Lamudia Dub

5. Off To Pluto

6. Tarang

7. Govinda's House

8. Basant Dhrupad

9. Durga Dub

10. Rosin+Reed

11. Bhairavi Alap

12. Through The Gate We Go

13. Misra Pahvadi

14. Tomorrow Never Knows

Disc 2

1. Cradle

2. Ageng Mimansa

3. Durga Dub

4. Whirling Full

5. Bharavi Alap

6. Bha Ravi

7. He Did Not Die

8. Cosmic Jugalbandi (1)

9. Cosmic Jugalbandi (2)

10. Cosmic Jugalbandi (3)

11. Cosmic Jugalbandi (4)

12. Fomorian

13. Kalavati Alap

14. All You Need Is Dub

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Track List: Hallucinasia

1. Cosmic Jugalband (Mixed By DJ Guapo)

2. Hallucinasia

3. Quetzalcoatl

4. It Was Made In Heaven

5. Return To Hellenes

6. Arqamedies And The Arkanauts

7. Babaæ Crossing

8. Paghjella Minus Two

9. Ahuras Fravashis

10. Eyes Of The Shepherdess

11. Menhirs Of Mesa Boghe

12. Raga Raghunat (Mixed By Graham Massey)

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Track List: Big And Live

1. Kahawani

2. Majhi Ra

3. Om Kaaraaya

4. Arana

5. Allah Who?

6. Let Me Show You How

7. How Does It Feel

8. Hear The Call

9. Fling Away Your Guns

10. Fling Away Your Guns (Nucleus Roots Mix)

11. Fling Away Your Guns (Rick "The Switch" Turner Mix)

12. Bhageshri

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Track List: Muslim Guaze: The Suns Of Arqa Mixes

1. Horntid House

2. Further Beyond

3. Echoes Of Melchizedek

4. How Further Now Is Heaven

5. Find The Missing Chord I Play

6. Tick Tock Drop

7. Wasz Whirling

8. It's In Me

9. Muslim Profit

10. Annanage

11. Gawati

12. Where's The Missing Chord

13. Hey Jagunath

14. Acid Bends

15. Khammurabi

16. Zorasta

17. Shamash

18. Bha Ravi

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Track List: Aberglaube (Re-Mixes Vol. 3)

1. No Danger Here (Gagarin Mix)

2. Never Know Tomorrow (Gagarin Mix)

3. Tomorrow Never Knows (Gagarin Mix)

4. Bhoopali Mission To Inde (Zea Yoph Mix)

5. Did He Die? (Zea Yoph Mix)

6. He Did Not Die (Gadgi Mix)

7. Once In Waterloo (Time Shard Mix)

8. Muslim Profit (Muslim Gauze Mix)

9. What Does It Profit? (Zombie Mix)

10. Whirling Forest (Youth & Gregg Hunter Mix)

11. Bye Ragi Version (Zombie Mix)

12. Gavati Version (Muslim / Zombie Mix)

13. Muslim Dub (Muslim Gauze Mix)

14. One Blood (Zombie Mix)

15. Rosewood Casket (Royal-T Mix)

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Track List: Live With Prince Fari-I

1. Hey Jaguntath

2. Bhoopalj

3. Steppin To The Music

4. Throw Away Your Guns

5. Brujo Magic

6. 83 Struggle

7. Trance Dance Music

8. Foggy Road

9. What You Gonna Do On The Judgement Day

10. No Song For Allah

11. Shamanism Skank

12. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo

13. Thunderboldt Dark Void

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Track List: Total Eclipse Of The Suns

1. Durga Dub

2. Jaggernant

3. Gavati

4. Govinda's Dream

5. Beyond The Beyond

6. Inca Man

7. Tabla Scool

8. Acid Tabla

9. Sully's Reel

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Track List: Seven

1. Kyrie

2. Ishwara

3. The Truth Lies, There In

4. He Did Not Die

5. Paradisium In Dub

6. Sunarqastra

7. Give Love (Ras Michael)

8. La Pucelle D'Orleans

9. Kalilotalove

10. Ark Of The Arqans

11. In Paradisum

12. Les Anciens Mystiques

13. Sisters Of Wyrd

14. Beyond The Beyond (Live In London)

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Track List: Govinda's House In The City Of Nine Gates (Remixes Vol. 2) (CD Single)

1. Govinda's Dream (Sounds From The Ground Mix)

2. Govinda's Dream ("Twilight" Mix)

3. Govinda's Dream (Zion Train Mix)

4. Govinda's Dream ("Kirk's Garage" Mix)

5. Govinda's Dream ("Captain Beefheart" Mix)

6. Govinda's Dream ("808" Mix)

7. Govinda's Dream ("Carnatic" Mix)

8. Govinda's Dream ("Swimming" Mix)

9. Govinda's Dream ("Monkey" Mix)

10. Govinda's Dream ("Jabit" Mix)

11. Govinda's Dream ("Original '87" Mix)

12. Govinda's Dream (Swordfish Mix)

13. Govinda's Dream (The Orb Mix)

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Track List: Shabda

1. Tomorrow Never Knows

2. There Is No Danger Here

3. Bhairavi Alap

4. Through The Gate We Go

5. Bhairavi Live

6. Pure Reality

7. The Great Invocation

8. Basant Alap

9. Basant Dhrupad

10. Beyond The Beyond

11. The Great Unique

12. Waterloo

13. Fire Of Life

14. Hear The Call

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Track List: Revenge Of The Mozabites

1. Acid Tabla

2. World Peace A.D.?

3. Sully's Reel

4. Bali Citra

5. Sully's Jig

6. Piece Of The World

7. Acid Tabla Dub

8. Ananta Snake Dance

9. Return Of The Mozabites

10. Sanaiscara Saturn

11. Paintings Of A Cave

12. Acid Tabla Re-Mix

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Track List: Un1verse City

1. Bhairagi Bardo

2. Kadir The Whirling Durvesh

3. Gawoti-Thanam

4. Jog-Amad

5. El-Horto-Ang

6. Gawoti-Alap-Ki-Dub

7. Lamudia Dub

8. The Lama Geshe

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Track List: Cosmic Jugalbandi

1. Based On Raga Bhupali

2. Based On Raga Khammaj

3. Based On Raga Khammaj

4. Based On Raga Puria Dhaneshri

5. Based On Raga Puria Dhaneshri

6. Based On Assane Folk Tune

7. Based On Assane Folk Tune

8. Based On Raga Bhairavi

9. Based On Raga Bhairavi

10. Based On Raga Misra Bilawal

11. Based On Raga Misra Bilawal

12. Based On Raga Khammaj

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Track List: Suns Of Arqa Meet The Gayan Uttejak Orchestra

1. Mahadub

2. The Sky Shall Vanish

3. Radha Krsna

4. Miyan - Ki Dub

5. Ageng - Mimansa

6. Arqa - Thumri

7. Sostenuto

8. Sostenuto (Celtic Mix)

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Track List: Jaggernaut : Whirling Dub

1. Jagnath Bhairavi

2. Jagannath Bhupali

3. Juggernaut Misra Pahvadi

4. Jaggernnath

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Track List: A Brief History Of S.O.A.

1. Gavati

2. Jagnath

3. Cradle

4. Durga Dub

5. World Peace A.D.?

6. Libera Me

7. La Pucelle D'Orleans

8. Brasant Dhrupad

9. Govinda's Dream

10. G.D. Magick

11. Whatyougonnadoonjudgementday

12. One Blood

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Track List: Animan

1. Beyond The Beyond

2. No Danger Here

3. Once, Long Ago

4. I Hear The Call

5. Les Anciens Mystiques

6. How Does It Feel

7. Mongolian Lullaby

8. Pure, Pure Reality

9. Snelson's Last Stand

10. One Blood

11. Bhoopali

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Track List: Alap Joe Jhalla

1. Gavati

2. Gavati Drut

3. Gavati Alap

4. Gavati Vilambit

5. Gavati Madhya

6. Bye Ragi Alap

7. Bye Ragi Vilambit

8. Bye Ragi Madhya

9. Bye Ragi Drut

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Track List: Arqaology

1. Brujo Man

2. City Of The Nine Gates

3. Acid Tabla Re-Mix

4. Brujo Magic

5. Steppin' To The Music

6. The Step

7. The Heat

8. Hasheesh

9. Ananta Snake Dance

10. Return Of The Mozabites

11. Sanaiscara Saturn

12. Paintings Of A Cave

13. Acid Tabla

14. World Peace A.D.

15. Sully's Reel

16. Bali Citra

17. Sully's Jig

18. Piece Of The World

19. Acid Tabla Dub

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Track List: Land Of A Thousand Churches

1. The Truth Lies

2. Govinda Go

3. Open The Door To Your Heart

4. La Pucelle D'Orleans

5. Kalilotalove

6. Heavenly Bodies

7. Govinda's House

8. Kyrie

9. Paradisum In Dub

10. Give Love

11. The Truth Lies There In

12. Libera Me

13. Ark Of The Arqans

14. In Paradisum

15. Sisters Of Wyrd

16. Govinda (I Wait Each Day)

17. Les Anciens Mystiques

18. Erasmus Meets The Earthling

19. Deep Journey

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Nice bass line. I wish I knew what the wind instrument was,
because I don't think it's a flute.
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The website listed in the BIO no longer exists. Genuinely interested to see more about this band. Cool collective concept.
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New world of Bud.
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