Arabology Honored at Stanford's 25th Annual Publication Celebration

Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology radio show + podcast were among the works that were celebrated during the 25th Annual Publication Celebration which took place at The Stanford Humanities Center on March 6, 2018.  

The event included kind remarks by Stanford Provost Persis Drell, seen below as she interacted with the Arabology audio-visual display.

Photo by Steve Castillo
The special Arabology episode that was honored for 2017-18 included an interview with Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan who graced the Stanford campus in November 2017.  That interview, available in full on YouTube, was chosen as Arabology's best interview for 2017-18.


You can watch Dr. Ramzi Salti's interview with Yasmine Hamdan below or at this link: https://youtu.be/2U_UUQlFs3Q


Arabology is a radio program that is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing music and other cultural productions from the Arab world. 'Arabology' airs on KZSU 90.1 FM. This was the fifth time that Arabology has been honored at Stanford's Publication Celebration.


For more info about Arabology:
* Arabology Blog: www.arabology.org
* Arabology on Facebook: facebook.com/arabology
* Arabology on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/author30
* Arabology on Soundcloud: @arabology
* Arabology Contact: author30@gmail.com

Tania Saleh Intersects Music, Art, and Poetry in New Arabology Interview

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/taniasaleh2018
My 60-minute Arabology interview with Lebanese singer/songwriter/artist Tania Saleh was initially intended to discuss the music on her new "Intersection" CD yet quickly expanded into a lively discussion of the singer's latest project where music, poetry and street art intersect to give birth to a totally unprecedented audio-visual work--one that merits time and explanation in order to be fully savored and appreciated. This project, coupled with Tania's poignant commentary about each track on the album, made for a rich, informative interview that could have easily transfixed any audience worldwide (listen below or at this link).



First, there are Tania's angelic vocals which, when combined with Tunisian Music Producer Khalil Judran's contemporary electronic sounds, give new life to poems by such acclaimed poets as Mahmoud Darwish, Khalil Gibran,  Nizar Qabbani, Nazik Al-Malaika, Bayram Al-Tunsi, Abdallah Al Bardawni, Joumana, Haddad, Bader Shaker Al-Sayyab, Salah Jahin,Younes El Ebn and Ahmad Fouad Najm.  This new approach not only payed homage to these great Arab poets but also made their work accessible to a whole new generation of listeners, both in and out of the Arab world, whose sole musical connections to these poems had been relegated to singers from their parents' generation.  Case in point is Tania's musical interpretation of Gibran's "There Is No Justice in the Forest  ليس في الغابات عدل"-- a mesmerizing track that seems reminiscent of Fairuz when she so gloriously set Gibran's poetry to music back in the 1970's.

Second, this is perhaps the first time in the history of contemporary Arabic music that an entire CD has been so eloquently accompanied by a documentary that seeks to link each song with a work of art or, in this case, with murals that were painted by Tania Saleh herself on the walls of various cities around the world. That intercession between Tania's artwork and songs has been brilliantly documented in Tania Saleh "Intersection - تقاطع": The Film, a 15-minute audio-visual feast (with English subtitles) that was brilliantly directed by Elie Fahed and released on YouTube to coincide with the launch of the CD (watch below or at https://youtu.be/jH0NSa6Vu4c).


Third, Tania Saleh's "Intersection" also functions as a much needed socio-political commentary on the state of the Arab world at various historical junctures--a fact that is evidenced through the thoughtful and well researched commentary she shared with us during our recent Arabology interview. Tania is not shy about critiquing an Arab world that is suffering from endless wars and internal conflicts but through it all, she still manages to find some kind of unity in the music that she has sought to create since the 1990s--tracks that express the pain she feels for the region with a sense of optimism that is consistently found within her lyrics.

Fourth, it seems quite crucial to note the tragic absence of companies and individuals in the Arab world who could or would have ever released a musical project of such high caliber. As Tania puts in our interview, "this musical project would not have seen the light were it not for Erik Hillestad, the Kirkelig Kulturverksted label, and the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs."  To all those, we owe a note of thanks, coupled with a call to various venues worldwide--and especially in the US--to invite singers such as Tania Saleh to come and share their work with us, for it is perhaps in the global intersection of music and art that we can finally aspire to a richer, more tolerant world.
يسرّني أن أدعوكم للاستماع الى حواري الاذاعي مع تانيا صالح الذي يدور حول البومها الجديد «تقاطع» وهو مشروع فني يجمع بين الغناء والريشة وأشعار #جبران_خليل_جبران #نازك_الملائكة #نزار_قباني #صلاح_جاهين #محمود_درويش #بدر_شاكر_السياب #عبدالله_البردوني #جمانة_حداد #أحمد_فؤاد_نجم #يونس_الابن #بيرم_التونسي
:يمكنكم الاستماع الى المقابلة بأكملها عبر الرابط التالي

My Radio Interview with Karim Miské (February 2018)

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/karimmiske
I am delighted to share my radio interview with Mauritanian-French filmmaker and writer Karim Miské which was recorded on February 12, 2018 at KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. 

Listen/download the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/karimmiske



Karim Miské is a groundbreaking filmmaker and novelist who, over the past 20 years, has made a number of documentaries on a wide range of issues including colonial legacies, hip hop culture, informal economy, freedom of press, and bioethics. His widely-acclaimed debut novel Arab Jazz (2012) won the English PEN Award. 


Karim Miské has also received much critical acclaim for his documentary "Musulmans de France" [Muslims of France] which tells the history of Muslims in France, starting with the 1904 arrival of poor North African immigrants to the 2007 election of Muslim candidates to government offices. It asks the questions: what does it mean to be a Muslim in France today? How did Islam become the second religion in France?
Watch this TV report (in French) about Karim Miske's documentary series "Musulmans de France" below or at https://youtu.be/Dal66vPSoqc



Miské is FSI-Humanities Center International Visitor, 2017-18 and Aron Rodrigue International Visitor, 2017-18.  His Stanford events were cosponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies along with the France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Mediterranean Studies Forum, The Europe Center, and the Markaz Resource Center.

Karim Miské (top right) with Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti, Feb 2018
Audio Interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/karimmiske

Arabology Interviews Jordanian Novelist Fadi Zaghmout (February 2018)

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/fadizaghmout
I am proud to share this radio interview which I conducted on Feb 21, 2018 with Jordanian novelist فادي زغموت Fadi Zaghmout whose first two novels, both best sellers in the Middle East, managed to defy and subvert various notions of gender and sexuality in the Arab world. In this interview, Fadi talks about his 2 groundbreaking novels (both available in English translation) while giving us a preview of his third, forthcoming novel "Laila and the Lamb."

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


Listen/share/download the interview at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/fadizaghmout

Fadi Zaghmout is a gender activist, blogger, and author. His first two novels were best-sellers in the Middle East, and his third novel "Laila and the Lamp" is forthcoming from Egyptian publisher Kotob Khan. Fadi holds an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Thinking from Sussex University in the UK. He blogs at thearabobserver.wordpress.com and tweets as @fadizaghmout


Arabology Interviews Amir Eid of 'Cairokee' Band

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/amireid

Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Amir Eid, lead vocalist/songwriter/guitarist for the Egyptian band Cairokee, which came to prominence during/following the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and whose latest best-selling album "Noaata Beida نقطة بيضا 2017" featured the song "Kont Faker"--a track that topped Arabology's Top 20 Songs of 2017.  Listen to the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/amireid



Recorded at KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) in February 2018, this interview features various Cairokee song segments as Amir Eid discusses his musical influences, his career, and the reception of Cairokee's latest album in the Middle East and the West.

Cairokee's band members include Amir Eid (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tamer Hashem (drums), Sherif Hawary (Lead guitar), Adam El-Alfy (bass guitar) and Sherif Mostafa (Keyboard). More info at cairokee.com

يمكنكم الآن الاستماع الى المقابلة الاذاعية التي اجريتها منذ يومين مع المغني والمؤلف الموسيقي الشهير أمير عيد من فرقة كايروكي المصرية عبر الرابط أدناه. تم بث هذا الحوار خلال البرنامج الثقافي "عربولوجي" الذي يقدمه الدكتور رمزي سلطي عبر اذاعة جامعة ستانفورد في كاليفورنيا.





New Arabology Podcast Showcases Top 20 (Alternative) Arabic Songs of 2017


The latest episode of Arabology (aired February 2018) featured the Top 20 Alternative/Indie Arabic Songs of 2017--according to an unofficial poll of selected Stanford students and KZSU 90.1 FM listeners.  You can listen to the show below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/top2017



Now in its 7th year, Arabology is a radio program that is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing music and other cultural productions from/about the Arab world.  The program airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) and previous podcasts can be found here.

The massive amount of talented musicians from the Arab world who emerged and re-emerged in 2017 made for a particularly competitive chart this year and included fiercely independent musicians and singers from all over the globe, including Muzdawaj (Jordan), Amine Souikra + Khawla Kayour (Morocco), Alsarah & the Nubatones (Sudan), Ahmad Zoubi (Jordan), Mahmoud Badrawy (Egypt), Temenik Electric ft Mehdi Haddjeri (Algeria), Mahmood Jrere and Tamer Naffar (Palestine/Israel), 47SOUL (Bilad El Sham), Blaak Heat (France/USA) Ft Fareed Al-Madain (Jordan), Mirage (Jordan), Hana Malhas (Jordan), Kabreet (Yemen/Germany), Tamer Qarrain (Jordan) Ft Lara Elayyan, Mashrou' Leila (Lebanon) + Hercules and Love Affair (USA/Belgium), Mike Massy ft Malek El Yaman (Lebanon), Emsallam (Jordan), Yasmine Hamdan (Lebanon), Tania Saleh (Lebanon), and Maryam Saleh (Egypt) + Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Palestine) + Maurice Louca (Egypt).

The show also featured amazing instrumentals (which served as soundbeds) by The Spy from Cairo, Rasasawt (ft Kamel Badarneh), City of Djinn, Blaak Heat, Maghnatees, Hello Psychaleppo, DJ Lethal Skillz & Beatlalipos, Abdullah Miniawy, Ramy Mishriky, and Imed Alibi.  These instrumentals will be played in full on a future show.

Here is the list of Arabology's Top 20 Songs of 2017 (starting from #20 and ending with #1) 

Arabology 11.4: Top 20 Alternative Arabic Songs of 2017
Counted down from #20 to #1 Song of the Year (last row)

Chart Position
Artist
Song
Album
Label
Intro Music:  Spy from Cairo “Sahir” from Nothing New Under the Sun on Wonderwheel Recordings
#20
Mashrou Leila + Hercules & Love Affair
Are You Still Certain?
Omnion
Big Beat/ Atlantic Rec
#19
Muzdawaj
Ala Bali (Vocal Mix)
على بالي
Muzdawaj
Khaled Nweiran
Music:  Spy from Cairo “Sirens of the Nile” from Open Sesame on Wonderwheel Recordings
#18
Amine Souikra Ft Khawla Kayour
7ali Ma3ak
حالي معك
The Code
Amine Souikra Ezzanaidi
#17
Alsarah & the Nubatones
Ya Watan (Captain Planet Remix)
Manara Remixed
Wonderwheel Recordings
#16
Ahmad Zoubi
Ghorbeh غربة
Single
Ahmad Zoubi
Music: Spy from Cairo “Open Sesame” from Sirens of the Nile/Open Sesame on Wonderwheel Recs
#15
Mahmoud Badrawy
Mati7sibhash
ماتحسبهاش
 (Acoustic)
Single
Richard Elhaj
#14
Temenik Electric Ft Mehdi Haddjeri
Zakia
Inch’Allah Baby
Nomad Café Production
Music: Rasasawt (ft Kamel Badarneh) “Qalandia Gate” from Music for Checkpoints album
#13
Mahmood Jrere
I’m from There
انا من هناك
Rhythm of the Tribe
أيقاع القبيلة
Mahmood Jrere
#12
Tamer Naffar
Johnny Mashi
Single
Tamer Naffar
Music: City of Djinn “Hakawati” from City of Djin on Somnimage (1:06:02)
#11
47Soul
Mo Light
رف الطير
Balfron Promise
Cooking Vinyl Limited
Music: Blaak Heat “Al-Andalus” from The Arabian Fuzz 7” on Svart Records
#10
Blaak Heat Ft Fareed Al-Madain
Marr El Kallam
مر الكلام
Arabian Fuzz 7”
Svart Records
Music: Maghnatees “Madar (Orbit)” from Maghnatees album  ©Ghassan Birumi (1:23:40)
#9
Mirage Ft Dina Ra’ad Yaghnam
Ghawali
غوالي
Banatalghaim

Mirage Records © K flicks
#8
Hana Malhas
Nasi ناسي
Single
Universal Music MENA
#7
Kabreet
Tefham تفهم
Bidayat بدايات
Kabreet
#6
Tamer Qarrain Ft Lara Elayyan
Let Go!  هلا تركنا
A Call for Joy
 دعوة للفرح
A Call for Joy
Music: Hello Psychaleppo “Bulbul” from Toyour album © Hello Psychaleppo (1:54:25)
#5
Mike Massy + Malek El Yaman
Qalbi قلبي
Single
Malek El Yaman
Music: DJ Lethal Skillz & Beatlalipos “Under Pressure تحت الضغط “ from Iqa3 Mokhtalef
#4
Emsallam (Prod. The Archiducer)
Khanaka
خانك الطرف الطموح
Postcolonialism
ما بعد الاحتلال
Msallam Hdaib
#3
Maryam Saleh
Maurice Louca
Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
Teskar Tebki
تسكر تبكي
Lekhfa  الاخفاء
Mostakell
Music: Abdullah Miniawy “Leaving Munchen” from Ihsan Means Beauty © Abdullah Miniawy
#2
TIED
Yasmine Hamdan
Balad بلد
Al Jamilat الجميلات
Ipecac Rec
Tania Saleh
Happy about Something
 فرحاً بشيء ما
Intersection تقاطع
Kirkelig Kulturverksted
Music: Ramy Mishriky “Intrepide” (Single) on Baci Recordings
Music: Imed Alibi “Solo Percussions” from Salhi album © 2017 Salhi (2:44:24)
#1
Cairokee
Kont Faker كنت فاكر
Noaata Beida نقطة بيضا
Egyptlink

Listen to Arabology 11.4 Podcast (Feb 2018) below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/top2017