"Perchance you are scanning the bands at midnight, a riotous wall of cross-frequency flares shooting coronal ejections of sound across the night sky. Suddenly, an island of calm: a coolly whispering transmitter beaming in around S7, strong enough to dominate the frequency but with just enough airy sub-noise to indicate something not quite of your local world. A naked voice starkly chants verses from the Qur’an, unspoiled by accompaniments, interpretations, or interpolations: the appropriately symbolic contrast of a time-suspending recitation of faith steeled against the constant, clashing chaos of the outside world. BSKSA is a masterful station, one of the most pure and perfect representations of what shortwave can be, and its daily broadcasts of the Qur’an are among shortwave’s most vital aural pleasures."
"During the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the shortwave bands explode with Qur’anic recitations. Since the East Coast is a magnet for Middle Eastern stations, many of these transmissions were readily received at shortwavemusic’s former listening post in Brookline, MA. These three items were recorded in the final days of Ramadan 2007, just as the Tarawih were nearing their conclusion in anticipation of Eid ul-Fitr. Each piece opens a unique window on the transmission (literally and figuratively) of Islam via radio."
"Its mysteries aside, Invitation to Black Power is a fascinating, a one-of-a-kind snapshot of a particular dimension of the black inner-city experience of the late '60s. It's a bit amateur, sure, and its format is more a throwback to earlier beat-poetry-with-cool-jazz collaborations than the screeching saxophones and intellectual aspirations of contemporaries like Archie Shepp or Amiri Baraka. But it succeeds in one account: running down, humorously and unpretentiously, the Nation of Islam promise of rebirth, equality and separation of the races.
"Which is not to say that Invitation to Black Power was ever a proselytizing tool espoused, officially or otherwise, by the Nation of Islam in the local communities. It has more the flavor of a vanity project, the handiwork of a ragged jazz combo and two men with poetic and theatrical proclivities and the zealous energies of the converted."
En de donder verkondigt Zijn glorie met de lof die Hem toekomt, en de engelen doen het uit ontzag voor Hem en Hij zendt de bliksem en treft er mede, wie Hij wil; nog steeds redetwisten zij over Allah, terwijl Hij streng is in het straffen. [Soera De Donder 13:13]