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How meditation took Tamino to the “in-between realm” on Sahar

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When Tamino first began the practice of meditation during the pandemic, he thought of it as a method of disconnection, one that could help him shut out his thoughts.

But during the 10-minute intervals when he tried to keep his inner monologue at bay, the 25-year-old Belgian-Egyptian singer and songwriter found himself more annoyed than serene.

He soon realized that the key wasn’t to achieve silence, but perspective from deep observation and solitude. Tamino’s sophomore studio album Sahar — out today, September 23, via Djinn — was born from this experience of inward analysis.

In Arabic, the title roughly translates to “just before dawn,” the brief period of time in which the day is free from distraction. “They have a word for this specific moment and it just conjures up this in-between realm for me, like a reflective state of being,” he explains over Zoom from his home in Antwerp.

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