"Listening to this infectious, foot-tapping, hand clapping, body-whirling slice of exotic rhythms... audiences will delight in this vibrant fusion."
- Azadoota's new album Beyond Bridges has scored a 4-star review in The Australian.
From the rhythmic drum call that begins Azadoota’s first song Shakita to the
infectious pulse of Joshie’s
Song, to boys remembering a summer crush in Kiss Me Kiss Me, to
the joyful chorus of Eejenah,
which tells of a cross‐cultural marriage, there’s a sense of
irresistible celebration that will get you up on the floor right from
the beginning of "Beyond Bridges."
Azadoota will be touring the country to promote the album, with new dates and venues being added all the time. Check the tour schedule to catch them at a venue near you.
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"Beyond Bridges" Cover Concept
For the cover of the CD we worked with Naomi from Chilli House Design to develop a concept that reflects the themes of the record. The inspiration behind the name "Beyond Bridges" is that in life and in our music we are constantly working to bridge the gulf between nations (and between generations), with a view that beyond the bridges is a place where harmony truly exists.
For the background image, we used a picture of Mosul city, shot by Iraqi photographer Saad Salem. Mosul is the site of the Ancient Assyrian capital Nineveh, and is also the city where both Robin's and Ahmed's mothers grew up. The instruments protruding out of the city are ones that were actually used on the recording. The pattern we use behind the Azadoota logo is a replica of a decorative motif found in the ancient palaces of Nineveh. (as are the graphics used throughout this website.)
Have a look at some more of Saad's photos here.