venerdì 31 agosto 2012

Tamer Abu Ghazaleh تامر أبو غزالة - Mir'ah مرآة

Is a composer of alternative Arabic music, and an Oud, Buzuq, and vocal performer. The lyrics in his compositions are in formal (fus-ha), Palestinian, or Egyptian dialect, written by himself or by Arab poets. The lyrics, in general, are not directed towards a specific theme; they express an array of human experience that is not defined by time or place: love, challenge, insecurity, boredom, thrill, frustration, etc.

Tamer's music absorbs the lyrics, chews them, re-arranges their perspective, and bursts them as expressive originals that are certainly defined by time and place; the current time; Palestine. If the lyrics speak of love and passion, the music speaks of love separated by the Apartheid Wall and passion under siege. This link seems inevitable for any honest musical expression throughout the Palestinian musical scene, even if it is not evident at the first glance.

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تامر أبو غزالة هو ملحن وعازف العود و بزق و مغني . كلماته تكون في العادة في الغة العربية الفصحى ، التي كتبها بنفسه أو اخذها من شعراء العرب. كلمات تامر أبو غزالة بصفة عامة , ليست موجهة نحو موضوع محدد ؛ وأنما تمتاز بوصف مجموعة من الخبرات البشرية التي لم يتم تعريفها من قبل زمان أو مكان : الحب ، والتحدي ، وانعدام الأمن ، والضجر ، والتشويق ، والإحباط

Tamer Abu Ghazaleh تــامــر أبــو غــزالــة - Mir'ah مـــرآة

Tamer Abu Ghazaleh Mir'ah Album Cover

01 - 7ob
02 - Takhabot
03 - Al Shibak
04 - Mir'ah
05 - Dawameh
06 - Hawel Ya Ghannam
07 - Sokoot

08 - Namla


Takhabot - Ghassan Halwani & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh

‎"Takhabot" تخبط is a 5 minute animated music film by Ghassan Halwani & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh. The film reflects the political & socio-economic chaos that a modern Arab is continuously witnessing, increasingly day after day.
Film by Ghassan Halwani. Song by Tamer AbuGhazaleh from the Album Mir'ah, by eka3. Written & Directed by Ghassan Halwani. Animation by Ghassan Halwani. Lyrics & Composition by Tamer Abu Ghazaleh

Kamilya Jubran and Werner Hasler كميليا جبران و فرنر هاسلر - Wameedd وميض

(1). Ghareebah غريبة
(2). Nafad Al-Ahwal II نفاد الاحوال
(3). Al Shaatté' Al Akhar الشاطئ الاخر
(4). Miraat Al-Hijarah مرآة الحجارة
(5). Amshi أمشي
(6). Nafad Al-Ahwal I نفاد الاحوال
(7). Al-Mawjatu Ta'ti الموجة تاتي
(8). Ankamishu انكمش
(9). Ayna Tantahi اين تنتهي
(10). Nafad Al-Ahwal III نفاد الاحوال
(11). Al-Hubb Assa'b الحب اصعب

mercoledì 29 agosto 2012

Basel Rajoub and Nareg Abajian باسل رجوب و ناريك عبجيان - On my way to Aleppo في طريقي الى حلب

[.01.] On my way to Aleppo
[.02.] Paola
[.03.] I have Got An E-mail
[.04.] Ovarek
[.05.] I Lost it
[.06.] Untitled Theme

Basel Rajoub باسل رجوب - Khameer خـميل

Born in Aleppo - Syria in 1981, Basel Rajoub started his musical career performing on trumpet before joining Aleppo's conservatory where he studied eastern and European classical music as well as jazz. Basel's music has hints of jazz mixed with eastern rhythms in addition to piano and brass. He recently performed with the Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan and they won the Radio Monte Carlo award in September 2006. Both artists gained a wide poularity in the Arab world especially after they performed Live in a number of cities like Cairo, Amman, Paris, Vienna and of course Damascus.
Rajoub played Saxophone in the British Council sponsored tour for the album "Sprinting Gazelle" by London based Palestinian singer and ethnomusicologist Reem Kelani along with two Syrian musicians:
Amir Qara Jouli (violin) and Simon Mreach (percussion) in addition to three of Kelani's British band:
Patrick Illingworth (drums),Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and Zoe Rahman (piano). The debut represented songs from Palestine and the diaspora in a way that seemed both modern and ancient.

Basel Rajoub بــاســل رجـــوب - Khameer خــمـيـــل

[.01.] Kusoor 
[.02.] Turkish coffee 
[.03.] Khameer
[.04.]Hovarek feat. Lena Chamamyan (Armenian folk)
[.05.] 7 Months’ Dream 
[.06.] Uzun Ince Bir Yoldayim (Turkish folk)

martedì 28 agosto 2012

Lena Chamamyan لينا شماميان - Hal Asmar Ellon هالأسمر اللون / shamat شامات

Lena Chamamyan Was born in Damascus city where she finished her elementary and secondary education through which she held many school concerts. The first of which she held at the age of five. She started to studying music at the age of nine, she graduated from the economics management department at Damascus University in 2002. while she was studying at the higher institution of music in Damascus , she graduated as a classical vocalist in 2007.

Throughout her university education, she joined many workshops in the field of classic music with Gloria Skalki (Italy ) Karmen Filarna ( Italy ) Mia bits ( Netherlands ).

She also joined Jazz workshops, most importantly, with the German Accordionist ( Manfred leuschter ).this resulted in lena and Manfred featured on each others albums and many concerts in Syria and Germany . She also worked with many vocalists and musicians of different nationalities in many jazz festivals in Syria.

The idea of the project was born before Lena started to study music academically. Classic was mixed with oriental jazz and Armenian music to reflect the unique essence of Lena's style as a vocalist. She was charmed from the very beginning by the idea of mixing simple oriental tunes with cords. Many friend from the high institution of music helped Lena understand and conceptualize the project the first of whom was Basel Rajoub who arranged the music and managed the progect.

They together won the middle east first award presented by radio Monte Carlo in 2006 for ( Hal Asmarellon ) album that was produced by the means of the grant given to him by
( almawred althakafi ) institution ( Egypt ) . This helped to enrich the artistic abilities reflected on their second step of the project , the album ( Shamat ) .

The thesis being reflected in the steps of the project can be explained in two points:
first of all , it's an attempt to revive folkloric songs , especially Syrian ones , in a modern style and arrangement keeping the originality of the tunes and the lyrics in order to create a link between () monotonous oriental classic music and contemporary world music that has a harmonic accompany and different musical styles and instruments that contribute to enriching the tune and to activate the beauty of its genre which helps world cultural contact by forming a specific unique language especially outside the Arab world .
the second point is to introduce origenal compositions allowing a more free space of tunes and lyrics as in ( Sha'am ) and ( magic) from ( Shamat ) album . Composition will get more focus in the next albums.

Lena Chamamyan لينا شماميان -  Hal Asmar Ellon هالأسمر اللون


1 Ala mowj elbahr على موج البحر
2. Lama bada y atathana لما بدى يتثنى
3. Al rouzana ع الروزنة
4. Hal Asmar Ellon هالأسمر اللون
5. Bali ma'ak بالي معاك
6. Ala mowj elbahr II على موج البحر 2
7. Ya Mayla al ghusson يا مايلة ع الغصون


Lena Chamamyan لينا شماميان - shamat شامات


1 - Yomma Lala يما لالا
2 - Daouny Ajoudo دعوني أجود
3 - Seher سحر
4 - Ya Msafera يا مسافرة
5 - Sha'am شآم
6 - Hawel Ya Ghannam حول يا غنام
7 - Kabel El Easha قبل العشا
8 - Baly Ma'ak [New arrangment] بالي معاك
9 - Sareery hofin merneym [Song armeno] ساريري هوفين ميرنيم

lunedì 27 agosto 2012



Ram6 a.k.a L'Hamorabi was born on the 18th of August 1988 in Besancon (France) where his Lebanese parents had settled during the civil war. Growing up, he often enjoyed listening to his parents' records, mostly Lebanese music like Fairuz and Majida Al Roumi to name a few. He discovered Hip-Hop in 1997 through the local French scene in Paris which he considers as his first influence as he started writing lyrics in 2000. In 2001, his family moved back to Beirut (Lebanon) where they are still currently living. Back in his country of origin, Ram6 found his roots and rapidly switched his rap to Arabic. Through his music, he is aiming to naturalize Lebanese Hip-Hop, using powerful lyrics and a truly original flow accompanied by funky beats, produced by Ram6 himself. He mainly raps about the social and political situation in Lebanon, hoping to inspire freedom and equality amongst his peers. Influenced by artists like James Brown and Ziad El Rahbany, Ram6's sound is a beautiful marriage of Funk,Blues,soul &Tarab samples and urban Hip-Hop with raw lyrics and punchlines . His first album "Funklore" is due to launch soon and he is currently working on the second: "T&B: Tarab & Blues". He also produces beats for local Lebanese rappers such as R.G.B. and plays with a live band, "Funklore", performing regularly in the capital.

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Ram6 aka L'Hamorabi è nato il 18 agosto 1988 a Besancon (Francia) luogo in cui la famiglia si è stabilì in seguito allo scoppio della guerra civile libanese. Cresciuto ascoltando i dischi dei genitori (in special modo le cantanti libanesi Fairuz e Majida Al Roumi) ha scoperto l' Hip-Hop nel 1997 grazie alla scena locale parigina che egli considererà sua influenza principale. Nel 2001 ,una volta conclusasi la guerra civile, la sua famiglia tornò patria e si è stabilì a Beirut . Nel paese d'origine Ram6 ritrova le sue radici , abbandona l’uso del francese e comincia a rappare in arabo. Influenzato da artisti come James Brown e Ziad El Rahbany, forte dell’ esperienza musicale e culturale conseguita in Europa, è riuscito a dar vita ad un suono molto originale, una perfetta fusione di ritmi orientali basati sul Tarab ( il classico ritmo arabo), sull'hip hop e il funk. Rapper, produttore, beatmaker e attivista è interessato a storia, teologia e psicologia. Con i suoi testi , potenti e originali , affronta con piglio acuto la situazione sociale e politica libanese proponendosi di ispirare i suoi coetanei perché possano costruire un futuro di pace e libertà. Produttore di beats per vari rappers della scena araba si esibisce regolarmente dal vivo con una band chiamata "Funklore". Da poco ha realizzato un album intitolato ASHURYA.
Nella cartella in Download trovate l’intero album più una manciata di pezzi prodotti nell’ arco della sua carriera.


01 - Mamlakat Ashourya
02 - Al Modtarab
03- Qarar Zanni
04 -12'th imam
05 - Masi7iyyi Al Mashreq
06- Bilad Al Sham (feat. Stormtrap)
07- Visa (feat. TNT)
08- Al Midan
09- Esmaouni
10- Al Madina

venerdì 24 agosto 2012

The Oriental Music Ensemble فرقة الموسيقى الشرقية - Emm el Khilkhal ام الخلخال

The Oriental Music Ensemble (OME) is one of the most famous and prestigious contemporary Palestinian music groups. Established in 1997 by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Palestine (formerly NCM), the group has performed extensively in Palestine and also gave very successful concerts in England, Belgium, Sweden, Greece and lately in Switzerland.
The instrumental ensemble performs the authentic classical music of the Middle-East mostly Arabic music with influences from the larger orient including Turkey, and Kurdistan. Some of the music played by the OME was composed in the late nineteenth century or the beginning of the twentieth century, but much of it is also contemporary composed by famous musicians of the final decades of last century.
The OME plays pieces of their own compositions in the classical oriental form as well as arrangements and interpretations of folkloric music. Improvisation is a major pillar in Oriental music and as such rhythmic and free improvisation plays an important part in the OME's repertoire. The sound of the OME is very energetic and the choice of their repertoire has always included uncommon rhythms that give their shows special dynamic quality. Their choice of composers gives the listener a wide and diverse array of sounds of oriental music. Their current repertoire includes compositions by Lebanese, Kurdish, Turkish, Iraqi, Egyptian, Tunisian, as well as Palestinian musicians.
The instruments used by the Oriental Music Ensemble are acoustic and mostly hand made, including Oud, Qanoun, Ney, Buzuq, Durbuka, Daff, and Mazhar as well as the Clarinet played in the oriental style.
The core musicians of the OME are: Suhail Khoury (General Director of the ESNCM) on Ney and Clarinet, Ibrahim Atari on Qanoun, Yousef Hbeish on percussion as well as the virtuoso Oud player Ahmad Al Khatib. Although Arrangements of the music performed is a group effort, Ahmad Khatib, currently does most of it.
The OME released its first CD in the year 2000, entitled "EMM EL KHILKHAL".

  Oriental Music Ensemble فــرقــة الــمــوســيــقــى الــشـــرقــيــة -  Emm el Khilkhal ام الـــخـــلـــخـــال


 01 Sama’I Hijaz Kar-kurd  ســمــاعــي حــجــاز كــاركــرد
 02 Longa Hijaz Kar-kurd  لــونــغــا حــجــاز كــاركـــرد
 03 Emm el Khilkhal ام الــــخـــــلـــخــال
 04 Balad el mahboub بـــلـــد الـــمـــحـــبـــوب
05 Woman from Smyrna امـــرأة مـــن ازمـــيــر
 06 Awaiting “Bayya’ el khawatem”
 07 Bayya’ el khawatem

Simon Shaheen سيمون شاهين - The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab /Blue Flame


Simon Shaheen ( Tarshiha, Upper Galilee, Israel, 1955) is a Palestinian-American oud and violin virtuoso and composer.
At the age of 2, Shaheen moved with his family to Haifa, but spent most of the weekends in Tarshiha, a Palestinian town under Israeli sovereignty. The Shaheen family is known for its musicality with music instructor and father Hikmat, oud-playing and instrument-making brother Najib, violinist and oud playing William, and singing 
sisters Laura and Rosette.He began playing the oud at 5, and the violin shortly thereafter. He attended Tel Aviv University, earning degrees in Arabic literature and music performance. He later pursued further studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1980 he emigrated to the United States to study music at the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. 
He formed the Near Eastern Music Ensemble, which performs classical Arabic music, and organized annual Arabic music retreats and arts festivals.
Shaheen, a Catholic Arab, lives in New York City, where he leads an Arabic ensemble called Qantara which he formed. Qantara melds jazz, pop, and western classical music with Arabic elements. 
In 1994 he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 
In addition to his work in traditional and classical Arabic music, Shaheen has participated in many cross-cultural musical projects, including performing with producer Bill Laswell, Colombian singer Soraya, Henry Threadgill, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and with Jewish klezmer musicians The Klezmatics.

(Source : Wikipedia)

Simon Shaheen "The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab"

1. Al Hinna 5:20
2. Sittel Habayeb 6:33
3. Hanil Widd 4:22
4. Ibnil Balad 3:29
5. Theme & Variations 7:53
6. Bortuqal 4:59
7. Mudnaka 5:58 

Simon Shaheen - Blue Flame /ســــيــــمـــون شـــاهـــــيـــــن - اللــهــب الأزرق

1 Blue Flame اللــهــب الأزرق
2 Waving Sands رمــال مــتــمــاوجـة
3 Tea In The Sahara
شــاي فــي الــصــحــراء4 Dance Mediterranea رقـــــص مـــــتــــوســــطـــي
5 Bosphorus Scenes Under The Moonlight مــشــاهــد الــبــوســفــور تــحــت ضــوء الــقــمــر
6 Silk Tears دمـــعـــات حـــريـــر
7 Fantasie For Oud And String Quartet تــصــور من اجـــل الــعــود والـــوثــر الـــربــاعي
8 Saraab ســراب9 Olive Harvest
جــنــي الــزيــتــون10 Al Qantara الــقـــنـــطـــرة
11 Breeze Of Bisaan نـــســـيـــم بـــيـــســـان

mercoledì 22 agosto 2012

Manal Samaan منال سمعان - Some songs بعض الأغاني

A graduate from the Arab Conservatory of Music in Damascus in 2008, Manal has been a professional singer for 10 years and was presented the top award at Quitharet Al-Rouh Festival in 2002.
She has performed with some of the most celebrated Arab artists such as Wadee Al-Safi, Marsel Khalife, Ghazwan Zerekli, Abed Azariye and, most notably, Ziad Al-Rahbani, with whom she has been a solo singer since 2007.
Manal has held concerts in several countries including Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Armenia, France, Russia and Australia and has released an album titled Byzantine Hymns containing spiritual and ecclesiastical music.
She’s currently working on an album with Syrian composer and songwriter Saeed Meerkhan.

Manal Samaan منال سمعان - Some songs بعض الأغاني

01 - مو حزن - Gaswan Zerikly's Syrian Music Project
02 - لكل شيء - Gaswan Zerikly's Syrian Music Project
03 - لست أدري - Gaswan Zerikly's Syrian Music Project
04 - Yes Kou Ghimeten Tchim Kidi -Manal 
Samaan  & Joussour group
05 -Shu Beddi Bi Madik شو بدّي بماضيك - Manal 
Samaan  & Saeed Meerkhan
06 - Loghatak Sa3bi alayy لغتتك صعبة عليي - Manal 
Samaan  & Saeed Meerkhan
07 - Baytak Bighm AlAlb - بيتك بيغم القلب - Manal 
Samaan  & Saeed Meerkhan
08 - al bent el shalabyya البنت الشلبية - Ziad Rahbani & Manal Samaan in Abu Dhabi 2011
09 - Kifak enta كيفك - Ziad Rahbani & Manal Samaan in Abu Dhabi 2011
10 - Min Ajli Aynayka - Manal Samaan & the Syrian Oriental Women Band
11 - Madam Tehib Btnker Laih - - Manal Samaan & the Syrian Oriental Women Band

sabato 18 agosto 2012

Kulna Sawa كلنا سوا (Reloaded & Revisited)

In 1995, the band was formed by young musicians who started re-arranging several folkloric songs, and produced them again in a contemporary way.
"Kulna Sawa"  
(Meaning "all of us are together")   became increasingly serious about their music and their widely spread popularity, they embarked on a series of concerts and TV appearances, culminating in several concerts in October 1999 in Damascus and Aleppo. The concerts were so successful that they lasted three nights and were attended by over than 5000 people.
The band was invited to perform at The Syrian Song Festival, which was held at the Ancient Aleppo Citadel in 1999. The band also performed a series of concerts for three nights with British group called (Sin’e) in September 2000. The two bands performed individually and together on stage as part of the British Council's activities and was extremely successful and a unique experience for the band.
In November, the band organized a charity performances for four nights and were attended by over than 7000 people and in May 2001.
KulnaSawa signed a worldwide recording contract with EMI Music and released two international albums starting June 2001 including the hugely, crossover singles "Nezlen Ala El Bustan" and "Wain A Ramallah" and other line favorites including "Almaya", "Koul Shi Esmoh Jadid" and "Noujmah Kutbiah". The album got Golden Record.
The highly creative video clips were self-produced and is sure to generate large airplay by the premium TV networks.
The band toured abroad and did successful concerts like Dubai, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and lately during the launching of their second album "Musaique" did three big concerts with the special appearance of the international Egyptian Musical star Mohamed Mounir that added a great value to the event.
And like a very important stops in their history they shared the stage in Broadway in New York on November 2004 with the International artist of the The Sopranos TV series Dominic Chianese.
Also they performed with the musician of Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow in Saint Louis.
A Concert for Peace Tour last November 2004 brought KulnaSawa, The well-known music group from Damascus, Syria, to American audiences. KulnaSawa combined the distinctive sounds of oriental music with the beat and style of American music for a unique sound. Concerts were held in more than 20 major cities around the U.S including the headquarters of the United Nations in New York were they got their tow Awards of Peace.
In the midst of the current tensions and conflict between East and West, the virtuoso musicians of Together/KulnaSawa which are made up of highly accomplished young Christian and Muslim musicians from Syria used music, the universal language, as a way to build understanding and trust between Americans and the people of the Middle East.
And this what made of them one of the nominees to win the Golden European Quality Award for next year.
The Daily Star, an English-language newspaper, said that  KulnaSawa "is breaking new ground with their fusion of Western and Middle Eastern music styles."

In the 2008 they released the album "Ezaet Kulna Sawa" (Kulna Sawa Radio Station). 

The members of the team are:
Bashar Moussa (Lead Vocal)
Sonia Bitar (Lead Vocal)
Ayham Al Ani, Iyad Al Rimawi (Guitar, Backing vocals)
Marwan Nakhleh, Hazem Al Ani (Keyboard, Piano)
Rafel Al Haffar (Bass)
Simon Mouresh (Percussion)
Khaldoun Kawa (Drums)
Kinan Azmeh (Saxophone, Clarinet)
Nizar Omran (Trumpet, Oud)
Khaled Wazaefi (Sound engineer)

(Source : Wikipedia)

Kulna Sawa  2001   كلنا سوا     -   Kulna Sawa كلنا سوا

01 Nezlen Ala Al Boustan نزلن على البستان
02 Koul Shi Esmo Jadid كل شئ اسمه جديد
03 Almaya عالمايا
04  Aeed Haddek قاعد حدك
05  Lamma Bialla Saoutee لما بيعلى صوتي
06  Lahzat Btumrouk لحظات بتمزق
07  Safinat Nouh سفينة نوح
08  La Tatagiar لا تتغير
09 Rasasa Moutaradedah رصاصة مترددة
10 Guadarouni غدروني
11 Rassam Al Lael رسام الليل
12 Khatem Tanak خاتم تنك
13  Koul Ma Beshtaklake كلما بشتقلك
14  Daouer Dobber دور دبر
15  Douat Asha دعوة عشا
16 Tahia Ila Ziad (موسيقى Instrumental) تحية الى زياد
17 Nezlen Ala Al Boustan (تحوير Remix) نزلن على البستان
18  Najmah Koutbiah (مباشر Live) نجمة قطبية
19 Video فيديو - Nezlen Ala Al Boustan نزلن على البستان 


Kulna Sawa 2003   كلنا سوا     -  Musaique مــوزايك

01 Yali Aionek يلي عيونك
02 Wayn a Ramallah وين عرام الله
03 Kul al Rassameen (all painters) كل الرسامين
04 Ya Helwa يا حلوة يم القذلة
05 Lau ini baref (the colour of spring) لو اني بعرف - من لون الربيع
06 La Teshki لا تشكي من القلة
07 Wahiat Albi وحياة قلبي وأفراحو
08 Um al Shaheed أم الشهيد
09 Kesset Madinah ( a story of a city) قصة مدينة
10 Kulna Minuel (we all say) كلنا منقول
11 Bilmunasabeh (by the way) بالمناسبة


 Kulna Sawa كلنا سوا   2008  -  Ezaet Kulna Sawa اذاعة كلنا سوا


01 Ezaet Kulna Sawa اذاعة كلنا سوا
02 Youm Li Tghaiar Al Alam يوم اللي تغير العالم
03 Shebakek Matfi شباكك مطفي
04 Ana Erhabi أنا ارهابي
05 Abdul Azeem عبد العظيم
06 Wslo Al Askar وصلو العسكر
07 Am Jareb Elfot Nazarak عم جرّب الفت نظرك
08 Al Esbaa Al Banafsaji الأصبح البنفسجي
09 Nayem Ala Shat Al Bahr نايم على شط البحر
10 Al Akhbar الأخبار
11 Al Biet البيت
12 Koudsia قدسيا
13 Kul Youm B'oul كل يوم بقول
14 Shara' w Gharb شرق وغرب
15 Sahra Fi Salon Al Madam سهرة في صالون المدام
16 Sama سما
17 Taht Al Kasef تحت القصف
18 Rayeh Al Janoub رايح عالجنوب


Rima Khcheich ريما خشيش - Discography

Rima Khcheich, a Lebanese singer, was born in 'Khiam', South Lebanon, in 1974.
She started singing Classical Arabic music at the age of nine, and was awarded the bronze medal at the 'Bizert Festival for the Mediterranean Song' in Tunisia, 1985.
Rima's singing career started off with the children's choir at the 'Arabic Cultural Club', and later evolved into a solo performance with the 'Beirut Oriental Troop for Arabic Music' under the supervision and direction of Maestro Salim Sahab.
Rima studied the tradition of classical Arabic singing at The Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music' in Beirut, and her efforts were supported by her father Kamel Khcheich who encouraged her to memorize and master classics from the Arabic music heritage like *Muwashahat, Adwar and other styles. She has performed Zakariah Ahmad, Al-Kassabji, Sayyed Darwish, Kamel Al Khal'i and Muhammad Abdel Wahab, amongst others.
Having participated in various concerts in Lebanon and around the world, Rima has gained international repute and admiration for her gift at performing complex Arabic classical forms such as Dor 'Emta El hawa', and Muwashah 'Anta al Mudallal'.
Currently, Rima teaches Oriental singing at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and is invited on a yearly basis to Massachusets, USA where she teaches voice and classical Arabic singing at Mount Holyoke College under the framework of the Arabic Music Retreat program directed by renown musician and composer Simon Shaheen.
Her professional collaborations include performing with Simon Shaheen, singing in renown composer Toufic Farroukh's album 'Tootya' released in 2006, and being an integral part of the Dutch-Lebanese- Iraqi band 'Orient Express'. This band tried to create meeting grounds between the Arab musical heritage and Jazz. The band released one album 'Orient Express' in 2002, of which this live recording documents their musical experimentations.
In 2006, Rima Khsheish released her debut solo album, entitled 'Yalalalli' which features a number of old songs and Muwashahat, that she performs in a personalized, contemporary manner, alongside new compositions.
A showcase of Rima's limpid voice, 'Yalalalli' not only reveals a deeply emotional and original musical expression, it also stands as a note of rebellion against the dictates of the commercial music market.

In December 2010, Rima was invited to Dubai International Film Festival where she presented selected songs of Sabah’s movies and she presented the same concert in Beirut under the framework of Beirut Spring Festival.

Rima Albums includes: “Orient Express” (2001), solo album “Yalalalli” (2006), “Falak” (2008), "Min Sihr Ouyounak" (2012) ,“Hawa” (2013).

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Yuri Honing Trio and Rima Khcheich  -  Orient Express

01 Emta Hata'raf
02 Isobel
03 La Enta Habibi
04 Yasutani
05 Baghdad
06 Ma Dam Tihib Betenkour Leeh


Rima Khcheich ريما خشيش - Yalalalli يــا لـلـلــّــي

01 Bisat El-Reeh
02 Muwashah Hebbi Zorni
03 Keefak Ya Hob
04 Muwashah Lahen Tayyah
05 Souleyma
06 El-Shaytan
07 Bikaffini
08 Ma Baaref Oul - My funny Valentine
9.Muwashah Aatini bikr Eddinane


Rima Khcheich  ريما خشيش -  Falak  فـــلـــك

01 Harrama El-nawma حـرّم النوم
02  Falak فلك
03 Haflet Taraf حفلة ترف
04 El-shayyalin الشيـّالين
05 Foutina Al-lathi فتن الذي
06 Kalam El-leil كلام الليل
07 Muwashah Mounyati 'aza Istibari موشح منيّتي عزّ اصطباري
08 Ashiqtou Maha عشقت مها
09 Mawwal Walaw موال ولو

Rima Khcheich  ريما خشيش -  Min Sihr Ouyounak  من سحر عيونك

01 Marhabtein 
02 Rouh Ala Mahlak 
03 Ana Hina Yabnil Halal 
04 Ya Kawini Ya Ali 
05 El Ghawi 
06 Rayha Abel Habibi 
07 Habibit Oummaha 
08 Min Sihr Ouyounak
09 El Samkeh 
10 Ahibbak Yani 
11 Al Nadda  


Rima Khcheich  ريما خشيش -  Hawa "Muwashahat"

01 Muwashah Rama Qalbi
02 Muwashah Ya Hilalan
03 Mawwal Toul El Layali MUwashah Laha Badru El Tim
04 Muwashah Wajhak Mushriq
05 Muwashah Ramani Bi Sahm Hawah
06 Muwashah Salla Fina El Lahtha Hindiyya
07 Muwashah Ya Nahif El Qawam
08 Muwashah Ya 'Akha El Badr
09 Muwashah Shajani Yafuqu
10 Muwashah Ya Man La'ibat
11 Dawr Ibtissam El Zahr


giovedì 16 agosto 2012

Nahwa - Ma Gani Noom نهوى - ما جانى نوم

When you are a young (and good looking) Lebanese woman, you have many ways of entering the music business. One particular lady had a different thought, I want to pay homage to those stars and singers who came before me by channeling their style and music, but I will do it with my own terms and my fresh content. This is a formula that few can master, form what we see so far, Nahwa has done very well.

She has already performed in concerts at home and abroad. She has just released her debut album with either amazing tracks, but that's not enough to get people talking with which Nahwa's fame would be shaped. She posed for a period cover album. She seems to have come form a long time ago, an era that we have always fancies and dubbed as "the good old days"

Therefore, Nahwa's album is dedicated to the Bedouin dialect, that is loved (and understood) all over the Arab world. I know, I am not the only one cheering this throwback to an era as it does not have to end with the charismatic diva Samira Tawfik.

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Nahwa - Ma Gani Noom نهوى - ما جانى نوم 


01 - Allah Yekhaleki Yoma
02 - Atshana
03 - Janen Janen
04 - Lansob Khema
05 - Ma Gani Noom
06 - Mawal Hagrek
07 - Shbedak Bya
08 - Terqos Ala Geroohi

domenica 12 agosto 2012

Nass El Ghiwane ناس الغيوان - Essinia الصينية / the rare 2nd album

Formed in the late 60s, this Moroccan group’s repertoire contained self-composed poetry in the Melhoun style set to venerated musical forms, such as Sufi chants and Zaouias litanies. The band members sing and play various string and percussion instruments, including guembri, lute, bendir, derbouka, daadou’, ta’rija and tbila. Strikingly in post-colonial Morocco, the lyrics explored contemporary political chicanery and injustice.
The founders of Nass El Ghiwane were Laarbi Batma (b. 1948, Oulad Bouziri, Chaouia, Morocco, d. 1998), Boujemaa Hagour, Omar Essayed and Allal Yaala, all of which had experience in music or theatre. Moulay Abdelaziz Tahiri was added to the line-up in the early 70s and Mahmoud Essaadi replaced Tahiri when he quit to form Jil Jilala, although he too would soon join that group. A strong if musically different replacement came with Abderrahmane ‘Paco’ Kirouj. Hagour died in 1974, the group continuing with Batma, Essayad, Yaala and Kirouj in their most stable line-up. The group was the subject of a documentary film, Al Hal (1981). In 1993 Kirouj left to be replaced by Redouane Arif. Laarbi died in 1998 from lung cancer and was replaced by his younger brother, Rachid Batma; later another brother, Hamid Batma, replaced Arif. In the mid-00s, Kirouj was paralysed and unable to continue but the band played on.

 (Source : allmusic)

Nass El Ghiwane نــاس الـغـيــوان - Essinia الــصـّـيــنــيـة


[.01.] Essinia الصينية
[.02.] Allah Ya Moulana الله يامولانا
[.03.] El Madi Fate الماضي فات
[.04.] Ya Bani Insane يا بني الانسان
[.05.] Yamina كولوا ليامنا
[.06.] Fine Ghadi Biya Khouya فين غادي بيا اخويا
[.07.] Ouach Hna Houma Hna واش حنا هما حنا 

Nass el Ghiwane - the rare 2nd album

1) Al Hessada
2) Ghir Khoudouni
3) Lahmami
4) Mzine Mdihek
5) Youm Malkak (Ah Ya Ouine)
6) Ya Sah

sabato 11 agosto 2012

Tarik Lamirat - Rajaa El Bladi

Tarik Lamiratis a young singer-musician, born in Nice (France) to Moroccan parents. He currently has been living in Marrakech since 2008. He achieved game carrying his accordion and mixing successfully raï with latin and chaabi influences. He revealed his talent as a live performer and released 5 albums. He is well known to be an atypical artist for his never-seen style mixing different influences to create a whole new musical experience.

His greatest dates
1994 : He performs with the group "Zoubir Wa Tarik in theaters in Nice.
1996: Released of two songs on a mix distributed in the south of France
(XY patrimoine génésique)
1998: Opening for Faudel
2001: Release his first album "Dima Dima"
2002: Opening for Nass El Ghiwan and Souad Massi
2003: First television appearance on M6 region at a show-box Fnac
2006: Realease the album "Mektab" (Destiny) including a Moroccan style cover of the Edith Piaf classic « La Foule »
2007: March: His « La Foule » cover was released on the "North African Cafe » mix (at the World Music Network) among famous artist such as Maurice Medioni July: Opening for Gnawa Diffusion
September / October: French tour which included two concerts for the festival "The Musical of Bastia» (Corsica)
2008: August: "South Talents Night Festival" (International Festival of world music (Vence in France)
March: Opening for the Orchestre National de Barbès
September: His third album « Chaabi » was released on Fnac Stores in the South of France (from Monaco to Marseille)
October: The music Video of « Mektab was released and was shown 2M's Top Tarab December: Guest on ..Radio 2M Radio Aswat, RTM Radio etc. .....
2009: January: Appeared on "Marrakesh Express" (maroccan tv)
February: Released of hil Morrocan-Latino style fourth album "Dima dima Maghribi" 2010: February: Appeared on 2M's Ajial
Summer: Released his Chaabi Album "Dargok Aali"
Concert in Belgium (Kortrijk), Live with
NATACHA ATLASto Canadian Tour (Vancouver Festival Folk Music, Calgary ...)

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Tarik Lamirat - Rajaa El Bladi

1 - Rajaa El Bladi
2 - Chafouni Wahdani
3 - Rabi Rabi
4 - Rani Hayrane
5 - Bahjaoui
6 - Aars Zine
7 - Galbi Mkoui
8 - Hyani
9 - Dima Dima Maghribi


venerdì 10 agosto 2012

Oumeima El Khalil أميمة الخليل - Ya... Whirling Like A Derwish يآ... تدويم أشبه بالدرويش / Mazaj مزاج


Born in Al Fakiha in 1966, Oumeima El Khalil started her career as a singer at twelve. She lived in an art-loving family; this is how she was discovered at an early age in the singing world.
El Khalil pursued her secondary studies in the Bekaa, and then moved to Beirut where she studied music theory and vocal techniques.
Meeting Marcel Khalifé at an early age was a good occasion for Oumeima to venture into the world of singing as it gave her the opportunity to sing as a solo in his "Al Mayadin" band where she showed a high level of professionalism in the domain.
The 12-year old girl had her own songs that she interpreted worldwide for over 27 years at high-level concerts in which Marcel Khalifé and his band participated.
Oumeima's songs were written by reputed poets from the Arab worlds such as: Mahmoud Darwich, Badr Chaker El Sayyab, Mohamad El Abdallah, Talal Haidar, Henri Zogheib, Nizar El Hindi and others.
Oumeima is currently working, with her husband, the musician Hani Siblini, on CDs and concerts, in parallel with her collaboration with Marcel Khalifeh. She has already produced two CDs in cooperation with Hani Siblini and gave several performances in Lebanon and the Arab countries.
Oumeima's first live performance, was at the age of 16 (1981) in 16 American States. One of the poshiest performances she was involved in was at "Places des Arts" in 1992.
She sang in many countries such as:
America and Canada (5 times); Europe (Twice); Australia (once); Africa (once); Moscow (once); Algeria; Tuisia; Morocco; Emirates; Libya; Bahrain; Oman; Kuwait; UAE; Egypt; Sudan.
Oumeima had countless performances in Lebanon: Beit al Dine; Unesco Palace; Assembly Hall (AUB); Pierre Abou Khater Theatre USJ...

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Ya... Whirling Like A Derwish يآ... تدويم أشبه بالدرويش

{1}.Ya Sidi
{2}.Daret El Kahwe
{3}.Ouhibouka Akthar
{4}.Ila Akhirihi
{5}.Leh (Why?)
{6}.Shab W Sabiye
{9}.Mazaj (Beirut Biloma Remix)

Mazaj مزاج

أميمة الخليل - مزاج

 Mazaj (مزاج (03:43
La tdik (لا تدق (04:01
Asfour (عصفور (06:45
Ya habibi (يا حبيبي (04:31
Nasma 50″ (نسمة (00:53
Bo’dilli bahibouhou (بعد الي بحبه (05:30
Albl el atchan (قلبي العطشان (04:58
Marrat (مرات (06:02
Al Hawa’ (الهواء (05:41
Zourouni (زوروني (04:57
Nasma (Momix) (نسمة (موميكس) (03:48
Ya habibi 1940 (ياحبيبي (04:28

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