domenica 23 settembre 2018

Acid Arab

Some years ago, at the first outings of the Parisian collective called Acid Arab, I evaluated the project negatively. It seemed to me the classic crap, good for compilation like Buddah Bar or similar. Lately I came back on my feet after listening to the track that the group of DJ has made with Sadat and Alaa50, two of the leading exponents of the Egyptian Mahragan scene.

So I decided to publish this post dedicated to them.

The Acid Arab project was founded in 2012 in Paris by Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, two DJs who fell in love with oriental music during a trip to Tunisia.
Their main objective will be to create a space for oriental culture within contemporary Western electronic music, a music representative of our day (after all, it is impossible to deny the influence that Arab culture has had on French society even if some jerk sovranist insist on rejecting it). The result was a psychedelic mix of strings, percussion and melodies from the Middle East and North Africa with the basic structures of House and Techno Music.

Their first work, released in 2013, was an album of remixes and collaborations entitled "Acid Arab Collections". This was followed by a 12 "in 2015 entitled" Djazirat El Maghreb.

Meanwhile, the group has expanded and joined the original duo Pierrot Casanova, Nicolas Borne and the Algerian keyboard player Kenzi Bourras. With this formation the collective made in 2016 the album "Musique De France", a disc that at first I snubbed but that lately I really appreciate.

Meanwhile, the group has expanded and joined the duo the dj Pierrot Casanova and Nicolas Borne and the Algerian keyboard player Kenzi Bourras. With this line-up the collective created in 2016 the album "Musique De France", a record that at first I snubbed but that I really appreciate a lot.
The Acid Arab project has been carried around for festivals all over the world for some years. Do they do Tecnho? do Arabian music? Sometimes doubts arise about the proposed music. Much more than many explanations I think the most exhaustive words about their work are on their Facebook page:

“We are fascinated by eastern music and its codes, such as complex rhythmic structures (binary and ternary superimposing upon each other), which drive dancers to trance just like acid house does. We’d like to take these codes and use analog techno devices (beatboxes, bassline machines) to create something new : an oriental acid music which combines the coldness of techno and the emotional and dramatic power of the East. Our knowledge of the dancefloor is now digested and we have spent night after night digging records and files to know more about arabic music. We don’t want to be standardbearers of mixing whatever, we just want to be of our days. talking about mixing means there’s a split, a binary vision of an occidental vs oriental world – this is has-been. We don’t paste oriental sounds on occidental beats, we want to embody both cultures without pretending to reinvent oriental music or fooling ourselves by believing we’re inventing eastern dance music. We just want to be part of it, and contribute to this brilliant and enormous masterpiece that this music is, and has been for thousands of years.”

Arab tunes approves this way of thinking

Alcuni anni or sono, alle prime uscite del collettivo parigino denominato Acid Arab, ho valutato il progetto negativamente. Mi sembrava la classica cazzata, buona per compilation tipo Buddah Bar o simili. Ultimamente sono tornato su i miei passi dopo aver ascoltato la traccia che il gruppo di dj ha realizzato con Sadat e Alaa 50, due dei principali esponenti della scena Mahragan egiziana.

Ho deciso quindi di pubblicare questo post a loro dedicato.

Il progetto Acid Arab nasce nel 2012 a Parigi per opera di Guido Minisky e Hervé Carvalho , due Dj innamoratisi della musica orientale durante un viaggio in Tunisia.
Il loro principale obiettivo sarà quello di creare uno spazio per la cultura orientale all'interno della musica elettronica occidentale contemporanea, una musica rappresentativa dei nostri giorni (dopotutto, è impossibile negare l'influenza che la cultura araba ha avuto sulla società francese anche se qualche coglione sovranista si ostina a rifiutarla ). Il risultato è stato un mix psichedelico di archi, percussioni e melodie provenienti dal Medio Oriente e dal Nord Africa con le strutture base della musica House e della musica Techno.

Il loro primo lavoro,uscito nel 2013, è stato un album di remix e collaborazioni intitolato "Acid Arab Collections". A questo è seguito un 12" nel 2015 intitolato " Djazirat El Maghreb " . Nel mentre il gruppo si è allargato , infatti al duo originario si sono uniti Pierrot Casanova, Nicolas Borne e il tastierista algerino Kenzi Bourras. Con questa formazione il collettivo ha realizzato nel 2016 l'album " Musique De France", disco che in un primo momento ho snobbato ma che ultimamente apprezzo molto.

Da anni ormai il progetto Acid Arab viene portato in giro per i festival di tutto il mondo. Fanno Tecnho ? fanno Musica Araba ? Ha volte sorgono dei dubbi circa la musica proposta . Molto più di tante spiegazioni credo che le parole più esaustive riguardo al loro lavoro si trovino sulla loro pagina Facebook :

"Siamo affascinati dalla musica orientale e dai suoi codici, come le strutture ritmiche complesse (binarie e ternarie sovrapposte l'una sull'altra), che portano chi danza alla trance esattamente come fa l'Acid House. Vorremmo prendere questi codici e usare dispositivi analogici (beatbox, bassline, macchine varie ) per creare qualcosa di nuovo: una musica orientale acida che combini la freddezza della techno con il potere emotivo e drammatico della musica orientale . La nostra conoscenza del dancefloor è ormai acquisita e abbiamo passato notti su notte a scavare tra dischi e file per saperne di più sulla musica araba. Non vogliamo mixare in modo standardizzato qualsiasi cosa, vogliamo solo essere dei giorni nostri . Parlare di mixaggio significa ammettere una visione binaria che vede il mondo occidentale contro il mondo orientale : questo è stato fino ad ora . Non non limitiamo incolliamo i suoni orientali sui ritmi occidentali, vogliamo incarnare entrambe le culture senza pretendere di reinventare la musica orientale o ingannare noi stessi credendo di inventare musica dance orientale. Vogliamo solo farne parte e contribuire al geniale ed enorme capolavoro che è questa musica , cosi come è stata per migliaia di anni ".

Arab tunes approva questo modo di pensare

Acid Arab ‎– Djazirat El Maghreb

 A1 Mogador (Club Version)
 B1  Hafla (Instrumental)
 B2 Amal Feat. Saeid Shanbehzadeh


 Acid Arab ‎– Musique De France

01 Buzq Blues
02 La Hafla Feat. Sofiane Saidi
03 Medahat
04 Le Disco Feat. Rizan Said
05 Gul l’Abi Feat. A - Wa
06 Stil Feat. Cem Yıldız
07 A3ssifa Feat. Rizan Said
08 Houria Feat. Rachid Taha
09 Sayarat 303
10 Tamuzica Feat. Jawad El Garrouge


Acid Arab - Some works

01 Hez hez Feat. Sadat & Alaa50  
02 Samira Feat. Avril Shadi Khries
03 Berberian Wedding
04 Sidi Gouja
05 Zhar
06 Yasmine Hamdan - Café (Acid Arab remix )


sabato 22 settembre 2018

Zekra ذكرى

Thekra Mohammed Abdullah Al Dali, known simply as Zekra (sometimes transliterated Dhirka or Thekra), was a Tunisian singer born on September 16, 1966 at Wadi el Layl and died in Cairo on November 28, 2003.
Last born of eight brothers was very pampered during childhood by family and relatives. Her scholastic education took place between her native Wadi el layl and Khazandar; during her years of study she discovered her artistic inclinations, opposed by the mother but fed by the father. At the death of the latter the whole family will be activated to support the inclinations of the young Zekra.

She began her career by participating in an inter-school music competition singing the song "Ess Al Alaya," taken from the repertoire of singer Leila Mourad. Following the good results of the competition will become part of the chorus of the TV show "Fan Wa Mawaheb".

Later she will become part of the Tunisian national band choir and will officially work for state TV. She owes her success to the versatility of the interpretations ranging from various genres (Qasa'ed, Muwashshah and Taarab) and to the power of her voice. In 1983, she recorded her first song entitled "Ya Huaya", written specifically for her by Ezz El Din Ayachi, "Ya Huaya" and held her first  concert at the Carthage Festival.

Her career, however, will take off thanks to the meeting with Abduelrahman Al Ayyadi who will write most of her first successes including: "Habeebi Tammin Fo'adi", "Ela Hadhn Ommi Yahin Fo-adi", "Wadda'at Roohi Ma'ah Min Youm Ma Wadda'ani "and" Liman Ya Hawa Hayati Satakoon ".

With Abduelrahman Al Ayyadi she will travel to Syria in 1986 to learn the basics of singing and will record some songs.

The relationship with the composer will go well until 1990, when Zekra decides to change direction by joining a new group called "Zakharif Arabiya" and then moving to Libya.

During the Libyan period she will publish songs written and composed by local poets and composers such as Mohammed Hassan, Ali Al Kailani, Abdullah Al Mansoor and Salman Al-Tarhooni. Her latest album released in Libya will be "Nafsi Azeeza", written by the poet Al-Tarhooni, whose lyrics will be awarded at the Sharm el-Sheikh festival in Egypt.

After the Libyan experience, Zekra will return home for a short time and then move to Egypt. Thanks to the production of Hani Mehanna her Egyptian albums will make her known throughout the Arab world, since until that moment her fame has been limited to the Maghreb area alone.

In Egypt she will make several successful albums until 2003, the year in which she will lose his life.

On November 28, 2003, she will be murdered by her husband, Egyptian businessman Aiman Al Swaidi, who will shoot her several times in their home in Cairo after kicking out the actress Kawthar Ramzi, the singer's friend.
Her personal secretary and her manager will die together with Zekra . Herhusband will commit suicide soon after.

Thekra Mohammed Abdullah Al Dali, conosciuta semplicemente come Zekra ( traslitterato a volte Dhirka o Thekra), è stata una cantante Tunisina nata il 16 settembre 1966 presso Wadi el Layl e deceduta al Cairo il 28 novembre 2003.
Ultima nata di otto fratelli è stata molto coccolata durante l’infanzia da familiari e parenti. Il suo percorso scolastico si svolse tra la natia Wadi el layl e Khazandar ; durante gli anni di studio scoprì la sua predisposizione verso il canto , osteggiata dalla madre ma alimentata dal padre. Alla morte di quest’ultimo l’intera famiglia si attiverà per sostenere le inclinazioni della giovane Zekra Tawfiq, Mohsen, Salwa, Habib, Hajar, Kawthar e Wedad.

Ha iniziato la sua carriera partecipando ad un concorso musicale inter liceale cantando la canzone "Ess Al Alaya,", tratta dal repertorio della cantante Leila Mourad. In seguito ai buoni esiti del concorso entrerà a far parte del coro dello spettacolo televisivo "Fan Wa Mawaheb".

Successivamente entrerà a far parte del coro della banda nazionale tunisina e lavorerà ufficialmente per la Tv di stato . Deve il suo successo alla versatilità delle sue interpretazioni che spaziano tra vari generi ( Qasa'ed, Muwashshah e Taarab ) e alla potenza della sua voce. Nel 1983, ha registrato la sua prima canzone intitolata "Ya Huaya", scritta appositamente per lei da Ezz El Din Ayachi, "Ya Huaya" e ha tenuto il suo primo concerto al Festival di Cartagine .

La sua carriera comunque decollerà grazie all’incontro con Abduelrahman Al Ayyadi il quale scriverà la maggior parte dei suoi primi successi tra i quali :: "Habeebi Tammin Fo'adi", "Ela Hadhn Ommi Yahin Fo-adi", "Wadda'at Roohi Ma'ah Min Youm Ma Wadda'ani" e "Liman Ya Hawa Hayati Satakoon ".
Con Abduelrahman Al Ayyadi si recherà in Siria nel 1986 per apprendere le basi del canto e registrerà alcuni brani .

Il rapporto con il compositore andrà bene sino al 1990 anno nel quale Zekra decidera di cambiare direzione unendosi ad un nuovo gruppo chiamato “Zakharif Arabiya” e trasferendosi in seguito in Libia .

Nel corso del periodo libico pubblicherà canzoni scritte e composte da poeti e compositori locali tra i quali Mohammed Hassan, Ali Al Kailani, Abdullah Al Mansoor e Salman Al-Tarhooni. Il suo ultimo album pubblicato in Libia sarà "Nafsi Azeeza", scritto dal poeta Al-Tarhooni, i cui testi saranno premiati al festival di Sharm el-Sheikh in Egitto.

Dopo l’esperienza libica Zekra tornerà in patria per un breve periodo per trasferirsi in seguito in Egitto. Grazie alla produzione di Hani Mehanna i suoi album egiziani la faranno conoscere in tutto il mondo arabo , dato che fino a quel momento la sua fama è stata circoscritta alla sola area del Maghreb.

In Egitto realizzerà vari album di successo fino al 2003 , anno in cui perderà la vita .

Il 28 novembre del 2003 sarà infatti assassinata dal marito , l'uomo d'affari egiziano Aiman Al Swaidi, che le sparerà diverse volte nella loro casa al Cairo dopo aver cacciato di casa l’attrice Kawthar Ramzi , amica della cantante. 

Moriranno insieme a Zekra, la sua segretaria personale e il suo manager. Il marito si suiciderà subito dopo.

ذكرى (16 سبتمبر1966 - 28 نوفمبر2003)، مغنية تونسية راحلة ، بدأت مشوارها الفني عام 1980 وساهمت في تقديم العديد من الألبومات الغنائية ، ولكن في عام 2003 لقيت مصرعها عقب إطلاق النار عليها من قبل زوجها الذي انتحر هو أيضا بعد قتلها

ولدت في منطقة وادي الليل في تونس من والدتها زهرة، وهي اصغر اشقائها الثمانية وهم توفيق, محسن, السيدة, سلوى, الحبيب, هاجر, كوثر ووداد. وكانت معروفة بحنانها مما جعلها اقرب فرد لجميع أفراد عائلتها واقربائها وحتى جيرانها. كانت متعلقة بأبيها وكانت تنام في حضنه في صغرها. انضمت للمدرسة الابتدائية في وادي الليل وبعدها انتقلت إلى ابتدائية الخازندار واكملت تعليمها

بدأت الغناء أثناء وجودها في المدرسة وكان والدها يشجعها على الغناء بينما لم تتقبل والدتها ذلك. كانت لها القدرة على أداء جميع أنواع الأغاني بغض النظر عن صعوبتها. بعد وفاة والدها بدأت والدتها بدعمها كما فعل جميع اشقائها. في سنة 1980 شاركت في برنامج المسابقات "بين المعاهد" بأغنية "أسأل عليا" لليلى مراد وهي نفس الأغنية التي شاركت بها بعد ذلك ببرنامج الهواة "فن ومواهب" واحب الحكام صوتها وفازت بالجائزة الكبرى في النهائي يوم 23 يوليو 1983 بأداءمبهر ورائع لأغنية "الرضى والنور" لأم كلثوم. فانتبه لذلك عزالدين العياشي وذلك كان تذكرة دخولها لكورال البرنامج. في سنة 1983 سجلت أول أغنية تم تلحينها خصيصاً لها من عز الدين العياشي "يا هوايا" و هذه كانت السنة التي أدت أول حفلة في مهرجان قرطاج بتونس. انضمت بعدها إلى فرقة إذاعة والتلفزة التونسية بقسم الأصوات وهناك قابلت السيد عبد الرحمن العيادي الذي لحن معظم اغانيها فيما بعد. في حينها كانت ذكرى معروفة بقوة صوتها وإمكانياتها لأداء جميع أنواع الأغاني بما فيها القصائد والموشحات والأغاني الطربية

خلال العشرة سنوات في تونس قبل أنتقالها لمصر, صدر لها 30 أغنية 28 منها تلحين عبد الرحمن العيادي

و في سنة 1987 شاركت بمهرجان الأغنية التونسية وتحصلت على الجائزة الثالثة بأغنية "حبيبي طمن فؤادي". في سنة 1990 حصل خلاف بينها وبين عبد الرحمن العيادي الذي كان خطيب ذكرى في حينه بسبب احتكاره لصوتها ورفضه ان يقوم شخص آخر غير بالتلحين لها, لذلك تركته وانضمت لمجموعة زخارف عربية وكانت هذه آخر محطاتها في تونس قبل أن تهاجر
في سنة 1986م ذهبت ذكرى الي سوريا لتتعلم أصول الغناء والموسيقي برفقة الملحن عبد الرحمن العيادي الذي رافقها بألة العود وفي يوم وعلى أنغام أغاني كوكب الشرق عند تواجد الملحن خليفة الزليطني الذي كان يبحت عن صوت لاذاء أعماله الغنائية وكانت ومن كلمات الاستاذ عبد لله منصور . عرض عليها أربعة أغاني ومن أشهرها ..حبي النقي .. وابحرت . وتم تسجيلها باستوديوات دمشق وسرعا ن ما تم تصوير الأعمال من بعدها انطلقت في السوق الليبي وتواردت عليها الأعمال والتسجيلات

في سنة 1990 وأثناء تواجدها في المغرب، وافقت على تسجيل عمل غنائي لفنان الملحن محمد حسن الذي كان يعد لسهرة مغاربية في الخيمة الغنائية وغنت ذكرى عليا ادّلل، ومتات في تونس ومن المغرب غنت الفنانة فطيمة ومن موريتنيا الفنانة بنت المداح والفنان فتحي أحمد والفنان محمد حسن مصحوبة بفرقة موسيقة مغربية وإيقاع الفنان الليبي محمد شعيب وأخرج السهرة المغاربية تحت الخيمة الغنائية محمد الهمالي وبثت مباشرة من الدار البيضاء في المغرب .وذاع صيتها لفترة طويلة

لم تنتقل إلى مصر مباشرة بل انتقلت إلى ليبيا لفترة وخلالها تعاملت مع كبار عمالقة الفن الليبي مثل محمد حسن، و الشاعر علي الكيلاني، وعبد الله محمد منصور، وسليمان الترهوني، ورمضان كازوز، وخليفة الزليطني، وعمر رمضان، وغيرهم. واختيرت كأجمل من غنى التراث الليبي من فنانات العالم العربي وهي الفنانة الوحيدة التي تملك التعداد الأكبر من الألبومات الليبية إلى اليوم وغنت ألوان الغناء التراثى الصعب فأتقنته بجداره حتى أنها كانت من مؤسسي سلسلة رفاقة عمر التراثية الرمضانية لمدة 16 عام متتالية ويقال أن آخر عمل قامت بتسجيله كان في ليبيا قبل ذهابها إلى مصر لتلقى حتفها هناك وليس كما يقول البعض أنه ألبوم يوم عليك. [بحاجة لمصدر]أصدرت العديد من الألبومات :و بحرت، شن درنالك...نفسي عزيزة كان آخر البوم ليبي صدر لها في 2003 وهو كلمات عبد الله منصور وقد ربحت أغنية نفسي عزيزة جائزة أفضل أداء وكلمات في مهرجان شرم الشيخ بمصر. بالإضافة إلى مشاركتها في نفس السنة في برنامج رفاقة عمر

بعد مشوارها الغنائي في ليبيا انتقلت ذكرى لتونس وبعدها هاجرت إلى مصر لتبدأ منها شهرتها في الوطن العربي. هناك التقت الموسيقار هاني مهنا الذي انتج لها ألبومين، وهما وحياتي عندك في سنة 1995 والذي كان البوم ناجحاً في الوطن العربي، بعدها أنتج لها ألبوم أسهر مع سيرتك في سنة 1996 لم يلاقي النجاح المطلوب بسبب عدم توفير الدعاية اللازمة

سنة 1997 صدر لها البوم من إنتاج مجاستار يحمل اسم الأسامي

سنة 2000 أصدرت البوم يانا من إنتاج فنون الجزيرة

صدر آخر البوماتها باللهجة المصرية سنه 2003 تحت اسم يوم عليك حيث سبق موعد صدوره وفاتها بثلاث أيام فقط!

قوة صوتها جعلت العديد من كبار ملحنين مصر يسعون للتعاون معها منهم صلاح الشرنوبي و حلمي بكر

في ليلة 28 نوفمبر 2003 تمت إذاعة خبر مقتلها على يد زوجها (أيمن السويدي) والذي أنتحر بعد ذلك، وأعلنت السلطات المصرية أن زوجها قام بقتلها وقتل مدير أعماله، وزوجته بسلاح ناري قبل أن يقتل نفسه تحت تأثير الخمر، لكن كان هناك بعض الشكوك تشير إلى أن الجريمة وقعت لأسباب أخرى أو من قبل جهات أخرى


Zekra ذكرى - Hayartni حيرتني

01  Amry Lellah أمري لله 
02  Hayartni  حيرتني 
03  Law Teadar
04  Law Marrah El Lail  لو مرة الليل
05  Laish W Laish  ليش  و ليش  
06  Mosh Kol Mn Yaasheg


 Zekra ذكرى - Al Wasaya Ya Mgharreb الوصا يامغرب

01  Al Wasaya Ya Mgharreb  الوصا يامغرب 
02 Aish Rabatny  ايش ربطني بيكم 
03  Meen Gallek Ya Ain  من قالك ياعين  
04 Ya Reit ياريت مافينا  


 Zekra ذكرى - Wehyati Andak وحياتي عندك

01 Min Yaqdr مين يقدر  
02 Erga3ly  إرجعلى  
03 Wehyati 3ndak وحياتي عندك   
04 Hubbak 3agab  حبك عجب  
05  Zay zaman  زي زمان      
06 Ya khoufy ياخوفي
07 Alemmi el Hawa  علمني الهوى
08 Mish kol hobb مش كل حب    


Zekra ذكرى - Ashar Ma3a Sertak اسهر مع سيرتك

01  Ashar Ma3a Sertak اسهر مع سيرتك  
02  Leil We Shooq  ليل وشوق       
03 Wala Hammoh   ولا همه 
04  Fedelt A7lam  فضلت احلم  
05  3alemni El-Hawa  علمني الهوي      


Zekra ذكرى - -El-Asamy الأسامى

01 Inta Keda  إنت كده 
02 Aloo قالوا 
03 El-Asamy الأسامى 
04 Mesh Fadelak  مش فاضلك 
05 Aref عارف 
06 Kol Elli Lamoni  كل اللى لامونى 
07 Akhaf Aleek أخاف عليك


Zekra ذكرى - ...Yana يانا..

01 Allah Ghaleb الله غالب
02 Yana يانا
03 Mabnetkalemsh ما بنتكلمش
04 Ya Aziz Ainy ياعزيز عينى
05 Tebaaed Any تبعد عني
06 Halooh حالوه
07 Gareeah جريئة
08 Inta انت


Zekra ذكرى - Youm Aleek يوم عليك

01  Youm Aleek يوم عليك  
02  Bahlam_Beelouak  بحلم بلقاك      
03  Ya Layali يا ليالي 
04  Shawaouni Leek   شوقني ليك 
05  Elli Khoudini  اللي خذوني  
06  Law Ya Habibi لو يا حبيبي       
07  Azeez Ghali عزيز غالي 
08  Ana Shayfah انا شايفة  
09  Bahlam Belouak  بحلم بلقاك  (Music)


Zekra ذكرى - Al Layla Maghna ليله مغني

01 Al Asmaraniya الاسمرانيه       
02 Akhbari  ويش اخباري
03 Azzat Alay Nafsi عزت علي نفسي 
04 Mashy El Hal ماشي الحال  
05  A'tzerlek  اعتذر لك
06 Ebta'd Anni  ابتعد عني
07 Elain El Youm الين اليوم 


Zekra ذكرى - Waish_Masery ويش مصيري

01 Ezzein Hatha الزين هذا 
02  Wijoudi وجودي  
03 Min Nathartahi  من نظرته    
04  Ah Ya Min Wann   اه يامن ون 
05  Ashoof El Moot    اشوف الموت 
06  Ethalti Nafsi عزلت نفسي 
07 Waish Masery  وش مصيري 


Zekra ذكرى - Wa Tabqa وتبقى...

01 La Tefakker Youm لا تفكر
02 Akher Al Meshwar آخر المشوار
03 Ya Hob يا حب
04 Allemni El Hob علمني الحب
05 Ghaltana غلطانه
06 Akeed Abez'al أكيد أبزعل
07 Ma Yenfa'ak ما ينفعك


Zekra ذكرى - vol. 1-2-3

01  La Maho Wajed لا ماهو واجد 
02 Ya Layemi يا ليمي 
03 Dekheel Allah  دخيل الله 
04 Gaalaha قالها 
05 Ebteed Aany   ابتعد عن 
06 Shahar شهر 
07 Wedatek Galbi  ودعتك قلبي
08 Elain El Yoam  الين اليوم  
09 Ana  هذا انا 
10  Ahatherak احذرك
11 Aghany Gedeema اغاني قديمه   

01 Mashi El-Hal ماشي الحال
02 Atether Lak اعتذر لك
03 Meser El-Hay مصير الحي
04 El-Mahabah المحبه
05 Ya Habibi يا حبيبي
06 Wesh Akhbari ويش اخباري
07 Azat Alay Nafsi عزت علي نفسي
08 Mafeeni Shay مافيني شي
09 Ghayeb غايب
10 Ahebek Moot احبك موت
11 Ajeelek Shoog اجيلك شوق

01 Jarah الجرح
02 Misafir مسافر
03 Al-Madeena h Wa Al-Ghareeb المدينه و الغريب
04 Kitha
05 Ayd al saah عد الساعه
06 Habibi حبيبي
07. Atfal اطفال
08 Fazzait فزيت
09 Hatha Inta هذا انت
10 Alf Omr الف عمر
11 Ktab كتاب
12 Ma Yabeena مايبينا


domenica 16 settembre 2018

Salah Ragab: different recordings

Following the publication, by the English label Art Yard, of the album "" Egyptian Jazz "credited to Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band, a real Salah Ragab mania was unleashed. Practically no one was aware of the existence of an Egyptian way to Jazz and listening to the album in question attracted the attention of a heterogeneous public that was unleashed in the search for all the lie traceable to the Egyptian percussionist. Many frequenters of international  Record  fairs in recent years have found themselves observing the original edition of the album in question, published by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture in 1973, wishing to buy it (in Amsterdam a couple of years ago I saw and listened to a copy , the price was around 900 euros). 

Many times it happened to those who went to Egypt in search of its musical treasures, to enter in an old record store in Cairo and to hear, even before starting to rummage through the huge amount of dusty albums present: "I have nothing of Salah Ragab ".
Yes, because the albums credited to Salah Ragab present on the Egyptian market are not limited exclusively to the works produced with the Cairo Jazz Band but interest the huge world of Arabic music in its variety. The discovery of the art of Salah Ragab in the West meant that many vinyl seekers ended up looting the last stocks still present in the Egyptian shops and 
currently it remains very little to find ( at least I think so) .
I publish here the last things that remain in my archives, hoping to please.


In seguito alla pubblicazione, da parte dell’ l’etichetta discografica inglese Art Yard, dell’album “ “Egyptian Jazz “ accreditato a Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band , si è scatenata una vera e propria Salah Ragab mania. Praticamente nessuno era al corrente dell’esistenza di una via egiziana al Jazz e l’ascolto dell’album in questione ha attirato l’attenzione di un pubblico eterogeneo che si è scatenato nella ricerca di tutto il trovabile riferibile al percussionista egiziano. Molti frequentatori delle fiere del disco internazionali negli ultimi anni si sono ritrovati ad osservare l’edizione originale dell’album in questione, edita dal ministero della cultura egiziano nel 1973 , anelandone l’acquisto ( ad Amsterdam un paio di anni fa ne vidi e ascoltai una copia , il prezzo si aggirava intorno ai 900 Euro). Più e più volte è capitato , a quanti recatosi in Egitto alla ricerca dei suoi tesori musicali , di entrare in un vecchio negozio di dischi del Cairo e sentirsi dire , prima ancora di cominciare a spulciare l’ingente mole di polverosi album presenti: “ di Salah Ragab non ho nulla”.

Si, perché gli album accreditati a Salah Ragab presenti sul mercato egiziano non si limitano esclusivamente ai lavori prodotti con la Cairo Jazz Band ma interessano il vasto mondo della musica araba nella sua varietà. La scoperta dell’estro di Salah Ragab in occidente ha fatto si che molti cercatori di vinile finissero per saccheggiare le ultime scorte presenti ancora nelle botteghe egiziane ed ora come ora rimane davvero poco da trovare .

Pubblico qui le ultime cose che rimangono nei miei archivi , sperando di fare cosa gradita.

Salah Ragb صلاح رجب ‎– Soirée De Musique Populaire Arabe سحرة مع موسيقى القرب

A1 Awalad El Balad
A2 Aad El Salam
A3 El Ward Ya Khelli
A4 Tel'et Ya Ma'hla Nourha
A5 Sabarna We Abarna
B1 Rumba Soudani
B2 El Omda Wabouri Rayem
B3 Rumba El Zouhour
B4 Khodni Maak
B5 Hamawi Ya Meshmesh


Salah Ragb صلاح رجب ‎– Mukhtarat musiqiyya min ashar al'aghany مختارات موسيقية من أشهر الأغاني

I would like to specify that the cover shown here is not the original cover of the album. Of many discs the cover has been lost and it is common practice of Egyptian record shops to replace the original cover with a neutral cover. So it could happen to see records of different authors with the same cover. This album has been reissued by the record company Music Box International of United Arab Emirates with the title of "Kolthoumeat", since it contains songs originally made by Umm Kulthum, and is sold (like all their products) at an absurd price.

A1 Al ward al Gamil الورد الجميل
A2 Sallu ku'us al Tulla سلوا كؤوس الطلا
A3 Walad al hada ولد الهدى
B1 Al qalb yu'ashaq kulla al gamil القلب يعشق كل الجميل
B2 Yasula al zin ياصلاة الزين
B3 Awqadu al shumu'a أوقدوا الشموع


Sun Ra & Salah Ragab - Sun Rise in Egypt Vols.1-3

A really rare slice of work from Sun Ra's 80s output. A live set that reunites the Arkestra with drummer Salah Ragab, one of the group's key supporters in Egypt. These CDs are all previously unreleased recordings, sourced from Salah Ragab's master tapes. It was previously only available for sale by contacting Salah Ragab personally and ordering it through the mail. Very interesting recordings that could originally be purchased directly from Salah Ragab.

Sun Ra, organ & synth
Salah Ragab, drums
John Gilmore, tenor sax & timbalets
Marshall Allen, alto sax, kora, flute, oboe, percussion
Danny Thompson, baritone and alto saxes
Elo Omoe, bass clarinet, percussion
Ronnie Brown, trumpet, percussion
James Jacson, Egyptian infinity drum, bassoon
Matthew Brown, congas

Recorded in Cairo, Egypt, 1984

Sunrise in Egypt Vol. 1

01 Watusa - The Egyptian March 
02 Solo Organ 
03 Speech (Sun Ra)  
04 Shadow World 
05 Happy As The Day Is Long 
06 Day Dream 
07 Blues House 
08 Take The A Train 
09 West Of The Moon 

Sunrise in Egypt Vol. 2

01 Opening 
02 Unidentified Standard 
03 Opening  
04 Speech (Sun Ra) 
05 Opening - Love In Outer Space - Nuclear War 
06 Blue Lou 

Sunrise in Egypt Vol. 3

01 Round About Midnight 
02 School You, About Jazz 
03 Opening 
04 Speech (Sun Ra) 
05 Opening 
06 Fate In A Pleasant Mood  


venerdì 14 settembre 2018

Carte De Sejour: in memory of Rachid Taha R.I.P 1958 - 2018 (Reloaded)

The famous Algerian singer Rachid Taha died in Paris due to a heart attack. The death occurred at his home in Les Lilas on the night between 11 and 12 September. On September 18th he would have turned 60. The Italian media have spoken of him as a mixed-race French musician, a true successful example of integration, proving once again not to understand a beloved cock.

Rachid Taha was an example, yes, but of the fight against segregation and exclusion that young French people of North African origin have found (and are still in) to face in the homeland of the so-called Mixitè. His rise in the musical universe of France helped many young people who found a model to follow and represented for many Europeans the opportunity to get in touch with the Algerian musical tradition.

I partly owe my passion for Arab music to him. After listening to the song "Ya Rayah" (song about exile originally played by Dahmane El Harrachi) contained in his 1998 album titled "Diwân", I started to be interested in sounds from the Maghreb and the Middle East. I will be eternally grateful to him for this because my life has definitely changed for the better.

Some time ago I published a post dedicated to him that you can find HERE. On the occasion of this tragic event, I propose the albums of Carte De Sejour, the group he formed together with Djamel Dif, Mokhtar Amini, Mohamed Amini and Eric Vaquer in 1983.

Formed in Lyon the
Carte De Sejour, represent the attempt to merge the Algerian music (Rai in particular) with the new wave sounds in vogue at the time (the Clash combat rock is the most evident influence). At the beginning of their career they will encounter many problems and will be prevented from performing in Marseille because of their origins. The diatribe born with the Mayor of the city Gaston Deferre will be immortalized by the group in the song "Bleu de Marseille".

In 1984 they realized their first first album entitled "Rhorhomanie" (the term Rhorhos indicates the language used by second generation Arab immigrants in France born from the mixture of all the North African Arab dialects). Two years later they recorded a second album titled 21/2 which contains the cover of the song "Douce France" originally interpreted by the French singer Charles Trenet.

Benefiting from the support of some cultural circles, the group persuades Jack Lang, then minister of culture, to let them distribute this single in the spaces of the National Assembly. Each French Member will receive a copy. Clamor followed the gesture will contribute to the dissemination of the music of the group that will be recognized in 1986 as one of the best musical proposals in France.

The dissolution of the group, which took place after a tour in Germany in the late 1980s, will see Rachid Taha's solo career begin

Si è spento a Parigi a causa di un attacco cardiaco il famoso cantante algerino Rachid Taha. Il decesso è avvenuto nella sua abitazione di Les Lilas nella notte tra l'11 e il 12 Settembre. Il prossimo 18 settembre avrebbe compiuto 60 anni. I media italiani hanno parlato di lui come di un musicista francese meticcio , vero esempio riuscito di integrazione, dimostrando ancora una volta di non capire un beneamato cazzo.

Rachid Taha è stato un esempio si, ma di lotta alla segregazione e all’esclusione che i giovani francesi di origine nord africana si sono trovati ( e si trovano tuttora) ad affrontare nella patria della cosi detta Mixitè. La sua ascesa nell’universo musicale francese è stata di aiuto a tanti giovani che hanno trovato in lui un modello da seguire e ha rappresentato per molti europei la possibilità di entrare in contatto con la tradizione musicale algerina.

Devo in parte a lui la passione per la musica araba. Dopo aver ascoltato il brano “ Ya Rayah” (canzone sull’esilio originariamente interpretata da Dahmane El Harrachi) contenuta nel suo album del 1998 intitolato “Diwân” , ho iniziato ad interessarmi ai suoni provenienti dal Maghreb e dal Medio Oriente . Di questa cosa gli sarò eternamente grato dato che la mia vita è cambiata decisamente in meglio.

Tempo fa ho pubblicato un post a lui dedicato che potete trovare QUI . In occasione di questo tragico evento propongo gli album dei Carte De Sejour, il gruppo che ha formato insieme a Djamel Dif, Mokhtar Amini , Mohamed Amini e Eric Vaquer nel 1983.

Formatisi a Lione i Carte De Sejour, rappresentano il tentativo di fondere la musica algerina ( Rai in particolare) con le sonorità  new wave proprie dell’epoca (il combat rock dei Clash è l’inflenza più evidente) . Agli inizi della loro carriera incontreranno non pochi problemi e gli sarà impedito di esibirsi a Marsiglia a causa della loro origine. La diatriba nata con il Sindaco della città Gaston Deferre sarà immortalata dal gruppo nel brano “ Bleu de Marseille” .

Nel 1984 realizzano il loro primo primo album intitolato “Rhorhomanie“  (il termine Rhorhos indica la lingua utilizzata dagli immigrati arabi di seconda generazione in Francia nata dalla miscela di tutti i dialetti arabi nordafricani ). Due anni più tardi registrano un secondo album dal titolo 21/2 che contiene la cover del brano “ Douce France “ interpretata originariamente la cantante francese Charles Trenet.

Beneficiando del sostegno di alcuni circoli culturali , il gruppo persuade Jack Lang, allora ministro della cultura , a lasciargli distribuire questo singolo negli spazi dell'Assemblea nazionale. Ogni deputato francese ne riceverà una copia. Il Clamore seguito al gesto contribuirà alla diffusione della musica del gruppo che sarà riconosciuta nel 1986 come una delle migliori proposte musicali in Francia. 

Lo scioglimento del gruppo, avvenuto dopo un tour in Germania verso la fine degli anni '80, coinciderà con  l'inizo della carriera solista di Rachid Taha.

Carte De Séjour ‎– Rhorhomanie

A1 Rhorhomanie
A2 Chems Ou Nejma
A3 Zamana
A4 Nar
A5 Désolé
B1 Ouadou
B2 Bleu De Marseille
B3 Habibi

B4 Sounefir
B5 Mirage


Carte De Séjour ‎– 2 ½

A1 Rhadine
A2 Saada
A3 Parfum
A4 Hamek
A5 Gouli
B1 Douce France
B2 Ramsa
B3 This Is A Raï Song
B4 Al'Hambra
B5 Remitti


venerdì 7 settembre 2018

Soulef ‎سلاف

The Arab musical world is dotted with splendid singers whose fame and skill has been not always (or rather we even say never) recognized from the western public. With this post I would like to draw attention to the work of Soulef, Tunisian singer born in the city of al-Qayrawan in 1943. Thanks to her the classical Arabic music produced in Tunisia has found diffusion in the Middle East. Over the course of her career she has made more than 750songs . Unfortunately there seems to be no information on the development of her career. Fortunately, however, it is possible to listen to her music. Good listening.

Il mondo musicale arabo è costellato da splendide cantanti la cui fama e la cui bravura non sempre ( anzi diciamo pure quasi mai) è stata ri / conosciuta presso il pubblico occidentale. Con questo post vorrei porre l'attenzione su l'opera di Soulef , cantante tunisina nata nella città di al-Qayrawan nel 1943. Grazie a lei la musica classica araba prodotta in Tunisia ha trovato diffusione in Medio Oriente. Nel corso della sua carriera ha realizzato più di 750 canzoni  . Purtroppo sembra non esistano informazioni relative allo sviluppo della sua carriera. Fortunatamente è però possibile ascoltare la sua musica . Buon ascolto.

Soulef ‎سلاف - Idha tchoufouh إذا تشوفوه - Ya dar ellouh ya djedida يا دار اللبوح الجديدة

Side A Idha tchoufouh إذا تشوفوه

Side B Ya dar ellouh ya djedida يا دار اللبوح الجديدة


Soulef ‎سلاف - Yabou Dalal يا بو الدّلال - Ya Lasmar Ya Ould El Houma يا لسمر يا ةلد الحومة

Side A Yabou Dalal يا بو الدّلال

Side B Ya Lasmar Ya Ould El Houma يا لسمر يا ةلد الحومة


Soulef ‎– Sidi mansour سيدي منصور - Rah Rah El Ghali راح راح الغالي

Side A Sidi mansour سيدي منصور

Side B Rah Rah El Ghali راح راح الغالي


Soulef ‎سلاف - Mahboubi El Ghali محبوبي الغالي - Ritou Ouallah Ritou ريتو والله ريتو

Side A Mahboubi El Ghali محبوبي الغالي

Side B Ritou Ouallah Ritou ريتو والله ريتو



Soulef ‎سلاف - Soulef ‎سلاف

A1 Hlili Ouaï يا حليلي واي
A2 Ridi Elghali ريدي الغالي
A3 Hasdouni حسدوني
B1 Wardi wardi ورد يا وردي
B2 Ya Lalou يا لالو
B3 Yabou Dalal يا بو الدّلال


Soulef ‎سلاف - Oltof Bina الطف بينا

A1 Oltof Bina الطف بينا
A2 Yama Kalbi ياما قلبي
A3 la Ya Sidi لا يا سيدي
B1 Ridi El Ghali ريدى الغالى
B2 Saib ferakek صعيب فراقك
B3 Mahboubi El Ghali محبوبي الغالي


Soulef ‎سلاف - The Arab Tunes Selection

01 Ma Tfakarnach ما تفكّرناش
02 Ahki Ya Lil أحكي يا ليل
03 La la ... لا لا ...
04 Ritou Ouallah Ritou ريتو والله ريتو
05 Idha tchoufouh إذا تشوفوه
06 Yawm safara mahbuby al ghaly يوم سافر محبوبي الغالي لسلاف
07 Kunna akhwat كنّا اخوات
08 Asmar misrar أسمر مسرار
09 Ism allah 'alayk اسم الله عليك
10 Nakhala wa al 'arjun نخلة والعرجون
11 Kuddhab كذّاب
12 Tishky minny ly تشكي مني ليٌ لسلاف
13 Urid hurriyyaty fy hawaya اريد حريتي في هوايا
14 Ya zahwa baly ya sayf يا زهوة بالى يا صيف
15 Jani El Marsoul جاني المرسول
16 Qulu lilghaly قولوا للغالي
17 Rakaba janahu wa tar ركب جناحو وطار
18 Hikaya hubby حكاية حبي
19 La khayyab zunny لا خيّب ظني
20 Kathura alami 'ala al mahbub كثر آلامي على المحبوب
21 Ah Ya Ridi آه يا ريدي
22 Nebaat Marsoul


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