Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Najwa Karam - Ya Habayeb

Ya Habayeb is Najwa's debut studio album. It was released in 1989, but this rip is from the second edition from 1995. This album is a great example of Najwa Karam's beginnings with composers she has not worked with in a long time now, such as Samir Sfair and Suhail Fares. Samir's style has changed considerably, and Najwa works primarily with Imad Chamseddine and Wissam El Amir nowadays. The album is very "Arabic", with tarab-style songs as well as dabke and mawals. It is definitely worth a listen.

1. Ya Habayeb
2. We Ygoulou Rjou'ou Garib
3. Khalli Ketfak A Ketfi
4. Ma Baddi Eyounak
5. De'i Ya Tboul
6. El Haq Alayeh
7. Baladiyat

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Julia Boutros - Bi Saraha

Julia Boutros' releases may be far apart, but the effort put into the beautiful music is always evident. Her 2001 album is, as most of her later albums are, composed by her brother Ziad and written by Nabil Abou Abdo. While the album is not as memorable as her runaway hit La B'ahlamak, there are beautiful ballads to be heard here like Kelmeh Aal Waraq, Ma Maraq, and Bi Saraha. There are more playful songs too, like Elna Mazha and Wa'd Alayeh, though the former is a little more interesting. Nashid El Horriyeh, Nehna El Sawra Wel Ghadab, and Ma Am Befham Arabi are songs with political messages, which Julia has never shied from. Never one to skimp on musical quality, the list of musicians is full of famous musicians like Claude Chalhoub, Tony Anka, and Hani Siblini. For those who liked the Bahr Al Nojoum soundtrack, here's some trivia: Jessy Jleilaty is part of Julia's chorus on this album.

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1. Bi Saraha
2. Wa'd Alayeh
3. Kelmeh Aal Waraq
4. Elna Mazha
5. Ma Maraq
6. Nashid El Horriyeh
7. Nehna El Sawra Wel Ghadab
8. Ma Am Befham Arabi

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Hind - El Ghoroub

Hind's 2004 album was not met with the media fanfare its successor did, but it is a solid album. Unlike Hind 2008, El Ghoroub features a lot more fellow Bahraini talent like veteran Khaled El Sheikh, man of the moment Ahmed El Hermi, and arranger Siruz. Like most of her albums, this record is made up of mostly traditional Khaliji ballads, with a few more upbeat songs like Inta Wana Wel Shoug, Khalas, and Ma Gedart Asber. The album has mostly traditional instrumentation, though Siruz makes interesting use of "oriental" saxophone on Majnoun. There is also an interesting R&B track, Sahi Ou Lahi, also composed by Siruz.

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1. Inta Wana Wel Shoug
2. Khalas
3. Ya Hasafa
4. Tajruba Murra
5. Jerouh Dafina
6. Sahi Ou Lahi
7. Majnoun
8. Tejahelni
9. Ta'al
10. Ma Gedart Asber
11. El Ghoroub

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