Fakhri has been the singer number one in Syria for over
three decades. He is a strong advocate of traditional
Arabic music and with his exceptional voice he played
a significant role in preserving and reviving the Syrian
folklore and traditional singing. He is presently the
head of the Union of Syrian Artists.
is a composition of Sabah Fakhri, along Shami traditional
2. Sibouni Ya Naas
belongs to the Egyptian repertoire and was composed
by Sayed Darwish (1892- 1923).
is a Muwashah, a
song usually based on an Arab-Andalusian poem which
is common in the countries of the eastern Mediterranean
as well as Egypt and North Africa.
Sayd El 'Asaari
to the Egyptian repertoire and was composed by Zakariya
contains three Muwashahat in
Badat Min al-Khidri, Ya Sah es-Sabr and Ya Maimati Ah
began her singing career in 1952 and since then she
has been the leading singer in Lebanon.She made over
800 songs and many musical plays and films. Her songs
express romantic love, nostalgia for village life and
the homeland. She also sang folk tunes and adaptations
of popular songs. Most of her music and lyrics were
written by the Rahbani Brothers, who, although they
emphasized oriental instruments, incorporated European
instruments and European rhythms.
the selected songs below we tried to represent the different
stages of Fairouz's career and the different styles
she sang. The first two tracks are two masterpieces
from Arabic classical poetry. Ya
Meet Masa belongs to the Lebanese/Shami folklore.
Zourouni is a rearrangement
of a famous song by Sayed Darwish.
and Bisan are
examples of the many songs she sang for other Arab countries.Ya
Ana Ya Ana is
a reorchestration of the 40th Symphony by Mozart.'Oudak
is one her fabulous songs, remixed
here by her son Ziad. Mosh
Fara'h Ma'ay is
a composition of Ziad, with whom she moved along to
the heart of modern Arabic music.
El Din is one of the greatest oud players of our time.
He is a maestro, composer, concert and recording artist,
ethnomusicologist, painter, author, lecturer in Islamic,
Nubian and Arabic Music. He was born in Wadi Halfa,
a Nubian area in north Sudan, along the Nile River.
While studying engineering in Cairo, he took up the
oud. Later, while holding down full-time jobs, he began
studying music formally at the Conservatory Of Music
in Cairo. During this time and during subsequent study
at the Academy of St. Cicelia in Rome, his work began
to combine elements of Nubian and Egyptian traditional
music. In 1964, he made his first recording, Music Of
Nubia, for Vanguard Recordings. In the same year, he
embarked on his first concert tour of the United States.
Since then, he has been traveling, performing and teaching
music in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia
and Australia. His music has captured the interest of
millions of listeners from around the world. Hamza is
now based in Oakland and he sees his music as a mixture
of Western, Middle-Eastern and Japanese roots.
Jameel is one of the great Syrian singers.........
great young voice from Syria, and a very popular singer.
Nour was a reciter of the Holy Koran before he chose
to become a singer. At the beginning of his musical
career, he was singing mostly Syrian and Arabic traditional
songs, and was an excellent "Tarab" singer. Recently
Nour joined other Arab singers of his generation in
making new-wave trendy songs, but he did not give up
the Tarab style which he became famous for. The two
songs we present here belong to this genre.
Emta Ezzaman is one of
Muhammad Abdel Wahab's most beautiful songs, and he
sang it in 1932. Khamrat
Al Hobb belongs to the Syrian traditional
is a superb classical song by Soad Muhammad. Listen
to the original version on Soad's
Meftah is one of the traditional Algerian singers who
have in the last few years gained wide fame in the West,
owing to the growing interest in Rai music and its origins.
In addition to the younger Rai legends such as Cheb
Khaled and Cheb Mami, traditional Rai singers like Cheikha
Remitta, Cheikh Djelloul and Cheikh Meftah are becoming
celebrities in Europe and are performing in prestigious
concert halls, often with famous European artists.
This song by Cheikh Meftah is a traditional Algerian
song in which the local guellal (metallic drum) and
gaspa (rosewood flute) are used. You can hear the crude
music unpolished and without high-tech production.
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