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City Lights: Thalib Razi Blends Celtic Sounds With Islamic Philosophy

Local multi-instrumentalist Thalib Razi merges Celtic folk music with lyrics that explore Islamic spirituality on his second album, The Water of Life. While the singer and songwriter has not heard other music like this, he says the combination is not as unique as it may sound. “Several scholars like TJ Winter and Seyyed Hossein Nasr have observed similarities in the importance of nature in both Celtic and Islamic cultures,” says Razi. The musician, who is of Sri Lankan Muslim descent, grew up in Indianapolis, where he developed a love of Celtic music. “I watched Celtic Woman perform on PBS and was immediately drawn to how simple, yet deep and natural, their sound was.” […]