Smith & Dragoman | Under the Lote-Tree

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Under the Lote-Tree

by Smith & Dragoman

It is difficult to categorize the music of Smith & Dragoman, but listeners seem to agree on the adjectives - "haunting melodies", "amazing harmonies", "poignant themes", "touching lyrics" and "soul-stirring music". World/Folk/Rock/Spiritual
Genre: World: World Beat
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1. Wayfarer
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2. Land of Ta
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3. Two Years of Solitude
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4. Sojourn
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4:20 $1.29
5. The Darkest Pit (siyyah-chal)
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6. Badi
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7. Navvab
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8. The Purest Branch
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5:40 $1.29
9. The Austrian
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10. Bahiyyih
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4:21 $1.29
11. Nabil
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12. Layla
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13. Exile
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14. Kiss the Rope (tribute to Mona)
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Album Notes

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


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Dr. Adrienne F.

Connects with one's Soul
This soul-stirring CD connects to the feelings of our Faith, some of the heroic figures and what they may have been going through. It brings to life the statement: We are the spiritual descendants of the Dawn Breakers.

Dale van Goozen

Under the Lote Tree
I loved this album! I was particularly moved by "The Purest Branch" - I had tears in my eyes! This non-Baha'i would recommend this album to everyone (Baha'is and non-Baha'is alike - anyone of any faith)!

Gail Madjzoub

Brilliant & Inspiring - AGAIN!
Beautiful arrangements; wonderful blend of many sounds and traditions; stirring lyrics; something for soul, heart and mind. I play it on the way to work to inspire my day; I play it for friends - it's my gift to them. Thank you, once again, all of you who collaborated on this album!

Sue Frenzel

Absolutely unbelievably beautiful. Joy to those who hear!
I knew from the first chord that this was my kind of music.


Thank you
This is a great album and was sent quickly highly recommend it to all.

Friedlinde Moshref

...made me cry
I didn't think your previous CD could be topped but here it is. 'Under the Lote Tree' is incredible and I cry every time I listen to it. It is just so beautiful.


Amazing Album! Wonderful!
The album is really fantastic! All the music is beautiful and inspiring, especially to my soul! i do love that! Thank you for your masterpiece.


Very nice. Thank you for this beautiful masterpiece.

Babak Ivoghlian

Absolutely Amazing!
Such powerful and soul-moving music. Every song beautiful, unique and inspiring!

Jeanne Serrano

Beautiful music, inspiring and uplifting. Thank you.