Spotify want to help Muslims celebrating Ramadan around the world to accompany their holiest of months with a soundtrack to their spiritual restoration.
It’s nearly halfway through the holy month of Ramadan for 2019. Spotify are showing support of their Muslim friends, family and listeners around the world with 5 playlists that they reckon are the perfect musical accompaniment to the 29-30 days of prayer, fasting, reflection, and community.
During Ramadan there are a number of spiritual or classic songs that many Muslims will listen to. Whatever your faith, Spotify’s 5 playlists have been created to collect some of the vital and traditional sounds of the holy month to be enjoyed by those taking part in Ramadan and to introduce the musical side of it to others.
Billions of Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan. Each of the different cultures also has different traditions—whether it be cooking special food or wearing certain colors or costumes. So to celebrate the holiness and the diversity of practice in this month, we put together a multicultural and personalized playlist on the Global Arab hub.
During the holy month, Arab families gather to watch their favorite shows made specifically for Ramadan, called Mosalsalat Ramadan in Arabic. This playlist showcases the soundtracks of the most popular Ramadan TV dramas in the Middle East and North Africa.
With instrumental Eastern melodies that are relaxing and spiritual, this playlist is best suited to winding down for the evening at Iftar. The playlist includes artists and songs recognizable to listeners throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
Think of this playlist as “Ramadan Unplugged” (Jalsat means “sessions”). The music, unique to the Persian Gulf region, has an unusual yet alluring beat. It features Khaleeji (people of the Arab peninsula) artists performing both classics and new songs with the crowd clapping along in the background.
Popular in the Persian Gulf, Sheilat is based on folklore and driven more by lyrics than instruments. This is more conservative, traditional music for the month—sure to get you in a reflective mood and mindset.
You can also take a listen to Lagu Ramadan and Lagu Raya for the sounds of Ramadan in Malaysia and Singapore, and Ketupat Lebaran for Indonesia. Or, stream the Ramazan playlist to get a feel for the holy month in Turkey. And because the start of Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the moon, why not check out Stargazer?