Monday, September 1, 2008

Magida el Roumi - E'tazalt El Gharam

Talented, outspoken, patriotic, and a UN Goodwill Ambassador, Magida el Roumi has become one of Lebanon's, and the Arab World in general, most significant personalities. At the beginnings of her career, many thought that the young Studio Al Fan winner sought to compete with Fairuz. Like Fairuz, she was mixing East and West in her style, and primarily sang in classical and Lebanese Arabic. She was also the daughter of Halim El Roumi, the producer who gave Fairuz her stage name, put her on the air, and introduced her to the Rahbani family. Though both were influenced by Western music, Fairuz introduced jazz into her music with Ziad Rahbani, while Magida's style was influenced by classical Western music. Her signature style, melding beautiful classical Arabic poetry with music that combines the best of classical Arabic and Western music, produced many hits like Kalimat and Kon Sadiqi. Magida excels in the traditional tarab style, but she is also a soprano and has several operatic songs, like a rendition of the Ave Maria and her duet with Jose Carreras, Light the Way.

E'tazalt El Gharam (I Have Retired from Love) was a welcome return for Magida to the mainstream music scene in 2006. Both of her 2003 albums, Cithare Du Ciel and Erhamni Ya Allah, were religious ones, and her last secular album, Ouhibbouka Wa Ba'd, was released in 1998. This album was both familiar and new for Magida, with musicians she has worked with for over a decade and others for the first time. Al Hob Wal Wafa' (Love and Fidelity), composed by Dr. Abdelrab Idriss, is a poem in classical Arabic and reminiscent of Magida's early work with the great Yemeni-Saudi composer. Idriss' other song, Fi Lailika Al Sari, Halim El Roumi's Latin-twinged Ya M'azeb Albi, Joseph Khalife's operatic Sawfa Nabqa, and Ihsan El Mounzer's Kif are all also in the signature style of her previous albums, melding the beauty of classical music from the East and West. On the other hand, E'tazalt El Gharam was her first collaboration with Melhem Barakat. Along with its broadway-inspired video, it became one of 2006's biggest hits. Magida collaborated with Marwan Khoury (Ghanni Lel Hob and Ouhibbouka Jiddan), Jean-Marie Riachi (composed Bel Alb Khallini and arranged tracks 1-4), Claude Chalhoub (arranged Ghanni Lel Hob), and ─░smail Tun├žbilek (arranged Al Hob Wal Wafa' and Fi Lailika Al Sari) for the first time. She also sang an Arabic rendition of Adagio, titled Habibi, and Mendelssohn's Wedding March, titled Nashid El Zafaf (The Wedding Song).


1. Ouhibbouka Jiddan
2. Habibi
3. E'tazalt El Gharam
4. Bel Alb Khallini
5. Kif
6. Ghanni Lel Hob
7. Al Hob Wal Wafa'
8. Nashid El Zafaf
9. Fi Lailika Al Sari
10. Ya M'azeb Albi
11. Sawfa Nabqa

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank u Tabbouche .. can u post this album in 320kbps plz ...
and others :)
thank u