suns of arqa stranger music CD dvd

Stranger Music

New Condition


Comes in a sealed jewelled case, featuring incredible art work by New York based artist Venantius J. Pinto. The CD also comes with a bonus DVD that features some stunning live performances by the Suns of Arqa filmed at Glastonbury and the Big Chill, plus a selection of additional previously unreleased live audio tracks.


SUNS OF ARQA are one of the greatest behind-the-scenes pioneers of World Beat, Downtempo, Ambient and Electro-Dub. Sonic genius Michael Wadada created SUNS OF ARQA in 1979. Finding inspiration around the globe, they set out to interpret indigenous, tribal and classical folk traditions. The result is a deeply spiritual vibration that merges cultures, faiths and musical genres.

‘Album Review: Suns of Arqa – Stranger Music (ARKA Sound Records)
by Dave Mac: BPM magazine:
Some facts you should know. Suns of Arqa have been on the World Beat Music scene since 1979. They played at the very first Womad Music Festival in Shepton Mallet at the personal invitation of Peter Gabriel. Enough said. Having performed over the years at many major European festivals such as Glastonbury, Big Chill, Telerama Dub festival to mention a few, this intriguing outfit are best known for their fusion of Indian music and electro dub. They have always had a strong indigenous element to their compositions. So imagine my surprise when I popped this into the CD player to discover an album of Leonard Cohen cover songs. Sound interesting? Or maybe you’re thinking what the heck? Let me tell you Stranger Music is a phenomenal reinterpretation of Leonard Cohen like I’ve never heard before. Fusing their signature world beat elements, tight electronica and dub with some absolutely gorgeous vocal delivery if I had not known that these were Leonard Cohen covers, I may not have guessed it, such is the magnificent reconstruction of his songs. I cannot recommend this enough for any serious world beat fan. Simply superb