Journey To Mecca - About

  • Music

    The music for Journey to Mecca brought together several great talents.

    Composer and performer Michael Brook's passion for world music was nurtured in his collaborations with Peter Gabriel and Reel World and he has worked with many outstanding musicians and has composed music for a wide variety of films from "Into the Wild" to the Oscar winning "An Inconvenient Truth", as well as three previous IMAX® films.

    Brook's approach to the score for Journey to Mecca was to evoke the feeling of both the time (the 14th century) and the different locations of the film (Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and Saudi Arabia) with subtle shifts in instrumentation and rhythms.

    Brook worked closely with noted specialist in Islamic musicology, Dr. A.J. Racy. The team was fortunate to engage the great Syrian liturgical singer, Sheikh Hamza Shakour, whose powerful voice and lifelong devotion to singing the prayers of Islam brought the appropriate depth, authenticity and respect to the film's treatment of the Hajj.