The sun went supernova when the vastly different worlds of Yusuf and Lynne collided in 2005. The flourish of creativity and crosspollination of musical backgrounds started a musical revolution in Cape Town. Yusuf and Lynne dared to do what had never been done – to cross the religious, cultural divide amongst sectors of society who had lived together under Apartheid for hundreds of years yet had remained segregated.
Their universal chants united people into one voice, one music, and the result was explosively magical and tragic at the same time. With their first collaboration in 2008, The Prayer, became CD of the year on Cape Town airwaves whilst also reaching worldwide distribution in Turkey.
As their popularity grew, fundamentalists stepped in with a banning, a fatwa which made headlines across South African mainstream news. Icons, such as Archbishop Tutu and Alice Walker have subsequently endorsed the music of Desert Rose, as universal leaders of Sacred music and Peace ambassadors of the world. As musical pilgrims, they have toured 18 countries over the past five years and performed on the International stage of climate negotiations with musicians such as Akon and global activists such as Al Gore and Leonardo Di Caprio with invest Divest.
Through the power of Ancient languages ranging from Sanskrit, Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew Gurumukhi, and recently the Ancient N|uu of the Bushmen, Desert Rose and their Universal Mantra has spread to the far corners of the earth, from Rio de janeiro to Delhi, New York to Paris, Warsaw to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore to London.
The power of Yusuf’s Naad voice combined with grace and spirit has led to spontaneous healing and powerful heart opening experiences by those who have attended concerts. He was born with this gift and recognized by a Sufi teacher at the age of ten for his voice that could cut through blockages and open hearts. The epic sound created by Lynne’s compositions allows people to be swept out of the mundane into the extraordinary, to let go and experience submission to the Creator, restoring balance and harmony.