Sacred Music 2021

Songs of the Soul

Saturday, July 24, 2021 7:00 pm (New Date!)
St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave, Berkeley, CA

Tickets in advance are $25 and $35 at the door

Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble has performed for diverse audiences locally and internationally for over twenty years at events dedicated to peace-building, human rights, and interfaith understanding and cooperation, carrying a message of unity with original melodies deeply rooted in the intentions of ancient Sufi music.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, members of Taneen are all salekin (students) of the Sufi Masters Shah Nazar Seyyed Dr. Ali Kianfar and Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha. With an authentic fusion of Middle Eastern Sufi and Western musical influences, and deeply rooted in the Sufi tradition in its intention and inspiration, Taneen creates original melodies that wrap Sufi chant around sung Sufi poetry.

Riffat Sultana channels the musical wisdom of 500 years and eleven generations of master vocalists from India and Pakistan. Daughter of legendary classical singer, the late Maestro Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, Riffat is the first woman from her family’s musical lineage to publicly perform in the west. She has performed and recorded with such luminaries as Quincy Jones, Egyptian singer Hakim, and has toured with DJ Cheb i Sabbah.

Previous Events

Sacred Music, Friday, May 3, 2019
Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA
Celebrate the sacred

The Songs of the Soul Sacred Music Festival 2019 was held Friday, May 3, in the light, airy Mill Valley Community Center. Its natural woods and generous use of glass made it a perfect location for the sacred songs of Kitka Trio and Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble.

Blending their rich voices a capella, the Kitka Trio, three members of Kitka women’s vocal ensemble, presented songs from around the world and across the ages. With a wide variety of melodies and messages, their songs celebrated love and marriage, birth and death, work and harvest, praise and ritual. True to the meaning of “Kitka” – which is “bouquet” – they brought to the audience a masterful bouquet of sounds from the hauntingly delicate to the resoundingly energetic.

After an intermission, the fragrance of Sufi devotion, both ancient and modern, was present as Taneen Sufi Music Ensemble brought to life the longing of Sufi poets set to original music. Many of the songs presented by Taneen (meaning “divine melody”) were translations of the ecstatic love poetry of great Sufi masters, wrapped with sacred Sufi chant. Their mesmerizing performance transcended time and space and opened hearts throughout the room with their message of peace and light.


Kitka members

Kitka members


Kitka in performance


Taneen in performance

Taneen in performance


Taneen in performance

Taneen in performance



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