Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Warda - Nagham El Hawa

Algerian singer Warda's impressive musical history is impossible to summarize into one album, and this two-disc 1999 compilation does not attempt to achieve that. This compilation is a great look at Warda's early 1990s career versus her earlier, more traditional career. The first disc is a compilation of the best of Warda's work with Salah El Sharnoubi, from 1992 to 1996. Perennial international favorites Batwanness Bik and Harramt Ahebbak are included, as well as some upbeat maksoum songs and mellower ballads. The second disc is a beginner's look into Warda's lengthy, more classical 1970s work, with musical giants Baligh Hamdi (composed Alf Leila We Leila) and Mohamed Abdel Wahab (composed Inta Omri). In 1973, Abdel Wahab originally intended Fi Youm We Leila for the young Mayada El Hennawy, but the ever-competitive Warda won the song for herself, and it became one of her defining hits.

1. Harramt Ahebbak
2. Ya Sayedi
3. Batwanness Bik
4. Malleit Men El Ghorba
5. Erga' Le Hayatak
6. Fein Ayamak
7. Ya Khesara
8. Benkhaf Men El Ein
9. Nar El Ghira

Download Disc 1
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1. Fi Youm We Leila
2. Khallik Hena

Download Disc 2
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