Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Nawal Al Zoghbi - Khalas Sameht

Nawal's seven-year stint with Alam El Phan/Mazzika ended this year with her return to Rotana, whom she left on bad terms after her 2001 hit, Toul Omri. Rotana PR's slogan spread through the media fast: "نوال و روتانا سوى من جديد" (Nawal and Rotana, together again). Nawal, who produces her albums herself, had her album ready for release soon after and in January 2008, Khalas Sameht was released. Sporting not only a new haircut, but an almost completely different team of musicians, and a new director for her video, Nawal Al Zoghbi's style had changed in almost every aspect. Khalas Sameht, Leih Moushta'alak, and Law Kan were the typical pop that Nawal has gotten us used to, however, in the vein of her previous album, Nawal was sticking with a more Arabic musical style in the rest of the album. Albi Es'alou and Shou Hal Alb employ strong Arabic beats and strings, coupled with electronic beats and motifs, in Hadi Sharara's signature style. El Hawa We Amailou, Tigi Mennak, and Ma Tes'al Alaya are distinctly Egyptian songs, and thoroughly enjoyable. Overall, the album is a younger, and much more enjoyable effort from Nawal Al Zoghbi.

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1. Leih Moushta'alak
2. Albi Es'alou
3. Khalas Sameht
4. El Hawa We Amailou
5. Law Kan
6. Tigi Mennak
7. Ma Tes'al Alaya
8. Shou Hal Alb

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4 comments:

Tabbouche said...

Here are the requested lyrics for Albi Es'alou. Please credit this blog if you intend to use them elsewhere :). Oh and may I also recommend the excellent parody Bassem Feghali did of this song at the Murex d'Or :P?

Albi Es'alou (Ask My Heart)

Ask my heart,
Between you and it,
It'll tell you that your love is all that it's missing.
I'd let the whole world be upset with me,
But never your eyes. (x2)

If you're tired,
Let my heart take the load.
If you're upset,
I want to make you happy.
And if anyone even thinks of hurting you,
I won't rest until I've killed him. (x2)

Year after year goes by,
Life with you is simply more beautiful,
You know how much I have loved you so far?
My love is still at it's beginning.

If you're tired,
Let my heart take the load.
If you're upset,
I want to make you happy.
And if anyone even thinks of hurting you,
I won't rest until I've killed him. (x3)

S. said...

Oh, thank you, Tabbouche! This is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

The album was released on 23rd of January , 2008 not in May.. I'm pretty sure ..
Thanks

Tabbouche said...

Sorry about that, you're right actually. Fixed!