Smith & Dragoman's CD's include Open the Gates (their debut double CD) and their recently released CD Under the Lote-Tree.
Under the Lote-Tree, a follow up to Open the Gates, continues the saga of those heroes and heroines who embraced the teachings of the Báb and further Bahá’u’lláh in Persia between the years 1852 and 1892.
The title “Under the Lote-Tree” is taken from the writings of Bahá'u'lláh, where Lote-Tree generally refers to the Messengers of God. The implication is that the Messengers of God occupy a station to which ordinary human beings can neither attain nor surpass. It is also known that in ancient times, the Arabs planted such a tree to mark the end of a road.
While several songs in the music of Smith & Dragoman refer to the harm inflicted upon the early followers of the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, it should be clearly noted that the Bahá’í Faith itself is a life-affirming faith with its aims fixed on the peace and unity of the peoples of the world. Its members are actively concerned with the well-being of the world, and are striving to bring about unity at all levels of society.
Under the Lote-Tree is dedicated to the Bahá’ís in Iran and all those in the world who suffer unspeakable injustice and persecution for their beliefs.
Brett Smith and Michael Dragoman