Saturday, November 26, 2016

New Arabology 10.6 Podcast Now Available



The latest Arabology podcast (aired Nov 25, 2016) is now available below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology106



This new episode, hosted in English by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti,  featured an amazing array of groundbreaking Arab musicians singing everything from ballads to Hip Hop to Electronia.

Playlist for Arabology 10.6 (25 November 2016) DJ: Ramzi S.
1. Murder Dance Machine/Levant Disco Song/ Maxi 45 Music & Records
2. Keybe, Duo Zone+ & Usif / Atini El nai (Zone+ Version)/Souq Records
3. Alaa Wardi /Yawrood/ Madinat Al Salah
4. Rami Mishriky/ Eternel la perfection/ Single
5. Labess/ Au bord de l'eau / Tout Va Bien/ Autoproduction
6. Rebal Alkhodari/ 3ajaban li-ghazalan/ Al-Tawshih Al Hadith
7. Mohamed Mansour/ Hoboot fel Daght (Pressure Drop)/Single
8. Lena Chamamyan/ Kissat Ishq/ Lawnan
9. Tania Saleh + Hazem Shaheen/ Eini Fi Einek/ Live at Al Genaina Theatre
10. Al Sayyed Darwish/ Rad al Shaab/ Single/ Hani Sawah
11. Raskalb/ Yamma/ The Music of Macbeth - Leila & Ben/ Basti Jawhar
12. Emsallam Hdaib/ Safaleh/ The Last Step/ Emsallam Hdaib
13. Abdel Gadir Salim/ Bassama Bissarma/ Boiling Point/ World Circuit
14. Dhafer Youssef/ La priere de l'absent/ Electric Soufi/Enja
15. Abdullah Miniawy/ Tofy Bey/ Daraje
16. Hawas ft Shirin Abdo/ Your Eyes/ Zay El Shita (Like Winter)
17. Adan Wakeem/ Bent El 48/ Single/ Philip Halloun
18. Omar Kamal/ Mawtini/ Single/ Omar Kamal
19. Sting/ Inshallah/ 57th and 9th/ A&M
To hear or download the podcast please go to https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology106 or listen below:



Rania Kurdi Releases Hilarious New Song + Video Clip

Rania Kurdi in 'Weslat' video clip

Rania Kurdi aka the Arab Tracey Ullman has just released a new song and video that humorously deal with so-called celebrities and superficiality in the media. Titled 'Weslat' [Message Received], the video features Jordanian rap artist Amer Al-Taher and is brilliantly directed by Zaid Bawab. It showcases Rania in playing different characters doing what she does best--satirically commenting on so called celebrities who are more concerned with image than content.

You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/81LSOsP3GJs


For more about Rania Kurdi see https://www.facebook.com/RaniaKurdiOfficial


Friday, November 25, 2016

Arabology Interviews Dancing Legend Pierre Dulaine ft His New Book

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/pierredulaine2016

Listen to Arabology's NEW radio interview with legendary ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/pierredulaine2016


This NEW radio interview with legendary ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine showcases his new book "Take the Lead" in which he recounts his life--from his birth in Jaffa (يافا) in 1944 to a Palestinian mother and Irish father, to his childhood in Jordan, to his Dancing Classrooms Global Initiative, to his films (Dancing in Jaffa and Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas), to his judging experience on the Arabic version of So You Think You Can Dance - يلّا نرقص and Dancing with the Stars - رقص النجوم ).

In this interview, Pierre Dulaine also reveals intimate details about his personal life for the first time as he broaches topics ranging from identity politics to sexual orientation.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Arabology Interviews "The Arab Sinatra" Omar Kamal

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/omarkamal
Arabology's interview with Omar Kamal aka "The Arab Sinatra" was recorded on November 18, 2016 at KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University).  It includes a sample of Omar's English songs and such Arabic songs as 'Mawtini موطني'.

Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/omarkamal



This interview coincides with the release of Omar Kamal's first single with Sony Music titled "Love Never Looked So Good"--a classic take on the Michael Jackson hit featuring the same guitarist that worked on Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ album (Tim Pierce). 



Omar also discussed his forthcoming album--produced by Dave Pierce and Bob Rock--which was mixed by 23-time Grammy award winner Al Schmitt of Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Omar Kamal in Rome

Omar's single "Love Never Felt So Good" is accompanied by an elegant video clip which was filmed in Rome.  The video has already amassed over 74,000 views on YouTube.

You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/TzARLrJHkeM


My interview with Omar Kamal also featured some of his earlier English tracks, included this Sinatra cover which, sadly, will not be featured on his upcoming album.  

Omar Kamal | عمر كمال "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
Listen below or at https://youtu.be/wSDg_x9XPGM



The interview, which was conducted in English and Arabic, also featured a selection of Omar's songs in Arabic.  Of those, we will highlight his critically acclaimed version of "Mawtini موطني " and his performance of Les Miserables in Arabic.  Both are featured below:

Omar Kamal | عمر كمال "Mawtini Outcry (صرخة موطني)" (https://youtu.be/vhKVX2qskAY)



Omar Kamal sings Les Miserables in Arabic البؤساء - عمر كمال (https://youtu.be/iRS8Xlyjyw8)


For more info about Omar Kamal:

Omar Kamal Website: omarkamalglobal.com
Omar Kamal's Vevo Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/omarkamalVEVO
Omar Kamal's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/omarkamalglobal
(c) Sony Music Entertainment Middle East


To listen to Arabology's radio interview with Omar Kamal, click below or go to https://soundcloud.com/arabology/omarkamal


Monday, November 7, 2016

Arabology Interviews Bassem Youssef

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/bassemyoussef

Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews satirist/columnist/TV Host Bassem Youssef, aka the Egyptian Jon Stewart, at Stanford University on Nov 7, 2016--one day before the elections.

In this interview, Bassem discussed his time in residency at Stanford; his TV show Al-Bernameg (a satirical news program which ran from 2011 to 2014); his current project titled 'The Democracy Handbook'; and his upcoming book and documentary.


PICTURES WITH BASSEM YOUSSEF AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY:

Bassem Youssef at KZSU 90.1 FM

Dr. Ramzi Salti (left) with Dr. Bassem Youssef (Nov 2016)

Stanford University 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Emel Mathlouthi Wows Stanford University

Emel Mathlouthi at Bing Concert Hall (Stanford) on Oct 5, 2016

Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi aka the Voice of the Tunisian Revolution, thrilled audiences at Stanford University when she came to the campus on Oct 5-6, 2016 where she conducted a lunch talk at the Markaz (moderated by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti), an unforgettable concert at Bing Concert Hall, and a student matinee, also at the Bing, the following day. These events were made possible by Stanford Live, the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts as part of a series called Islamic Voices.

A strident songstress whose intensity is cloaked in mellifluous vocals, Emel Mathlouthi is also known for her role as a leading artist in the Arab Spring. Born in Tunis, she was shunned from her country's official airwaves but rose to prominence through social media. She released her first album, Kelmti Horra (my word is free) in 2012, garnering lavish praise from critics and fans for her powerful vocals laid over a unique mix of north african rythyms and modern electronic beats. Her 2015 was prolific, including work on a new album with producer Valgeir Siggurdson and culminating with her solo performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Called one of the top fifteen acts of 2015 by popmatters, Emel Mathlouthi is a unique artist with a powerful message and a voice beyond comparison (source emelmathlouthi.com).

During her lunch talk at Stanford's Markaz Resource Center on Oct 5, Emel Mathlouthi conversed with Dr. Ramzi Salti about her music, career and thoughts on the Tunisian Revolution.  Below is a video containing highlights from that talk (link at https://youtu.be/vreomAqUIWc)



Emel Mathlouthi's major concert at Bing Concert Hall later that evening proved to be a huge success with the singer performing hits from her first CD Kelmti Horra and her upcoming CD Ensan (to be released in January 2017). The concert was preceded by a PRE-CONCERT TALK at 6:30 pm by Dr. Ramzi Salti, host of the Arabology radio show/podcast, and Professor Joel Beinin--both of whom set the stage in a discussion of the Tunisian Revolution, how it launched the Arab Spring, and how Mathlouthi's music became its soundtrack.

Here is a video of Dr. Ramzi Salti's portion of the intro at the Bing (7 minutes):
(link at https://youtu.be/5RI-sAhCKuE).



After the concert, Emel Mathlouthi met with scores of her fans backstage, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans who came from all over the San Francisco bay area to attend her show.


Emel Mathlouthi with Dr. Ramzi Salti (right) and her siblings Walid and Narjess

Ramzi Salti with Emel Mathlouthi
The day following the concert, Stanford Live opened their student matinee season with Emel Mathlouthi and a more intimate concert at the Bing Concert Hall. This event was open to all Bay Area K-12 schools and teachers and included a Q & A session that was moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti.

Here are video highlights of  Dr. Ramzi Salti's intro/Q&A session for the Matinée Performance. (Link at https://youtu.be/yBO9urHw7_E).



You can also check Dr. Ramzi Salti's radio interview with Emel Mathlouthi, recorded prior to her arrival at Stanford, below or via this link: https://soundcloud.com/arabology/emelmathlouthi2016


Here is Emel's brand new song/video clip 'Ensen Dhaif' (Official Video) from her upcoming album.  Watch below or at https://youtu.be/TXv5ByGSsbA



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