New Arabology Podcast (June-July 2017) Ft. Indie Arabic Music + Interviews

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology113

The latest episode of Arabology--which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM in California--featured a large selection of new indie/alternative music from the Arab world (playlist below) as well as interviews with two Tunisian celebrities:  Musician Skander Guetari (3-part interview ft his songs) and Stanford student Nesrine Mbarek who spoke to us about her exciting project titled Tunisia88.

You can listen to the show below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology113



Playlist for Arabology 11.3 (June-July 2017) Artist/Track/Album:

  1. Amine Souikra/ Apocalypse/ Apocalypse
  2. DJ Ghazi/ Oum Kalthoum Ya Leilet El 3ed Remix/ Single
  3. Maryam Saleh + Crash Nomada/ Leih Ya Hamam/ Single
  4. Maysa Daw/ Ayonak/ Between City Walls
  5. Rahim El Haj/ Sailors Three/ Little Earth
  6. Cairokee/ Kont Faker/ Noaata Beida
  7. Mahmoud Badrawi/ Fi Hagat Ktir Mistaniyak/ Single
  8. Jowan Safadi/ 7asait (I Felt)/ Single
  9. Muzdawaj/ Droob/ Sirrak Fe Beer
  10. Ruba Shamshoum/ Randomness (Radio Edit)/ Shamat
  11. Luay Hijazeen/ Kaen/ Single
  12. DAM/ Street Poetry/ Street Poetry
  13. Youmna Saba/ 40-2/ Arb'een (40)
  14. Amine Souikra/ Last Sunset/ Apocalypse
  15. Yuma/ Smek/ Chura
  16. Interview with Skander Guetari (3 parts featuring musical excerpts)
  17. Interview with Nesrine Mbarek of Tunisia88


Arabology is an American radio show that airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) and is hosted, in English, by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti.












May 2017 Arabology Podcast Ft Alternative Arabic Music from MENA Region

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology112

The latest Arabology podcast (May 2017) is now available and includes fresh alternative/indie music from Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco.  Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology112




Playlist for Arabology 11.2 (Artist/Track/Album)

  1. Kinematic/ Lalochezia/Ala'
  2. El Morabba3 + DJ Mahmoud Helmy/Cigara Abl Man2om (Deep House Edit)
  3. El Morabba3/ Shiber Maii/ Taraf Al Khait
  4. Muzdawaj/ Yomain/Serrak Fe Beer
  5. Luay Hijazeen /Law Yshoof/ Single
  6. Basel Rajoub/ Bedaya (Start)/ The Queen of Turquoise
  7. Suad Bushnaq/ The Curve/ The Road to Jenin (Soundtrack)
  8. Ruba Shamshoum/ Hana/ Shamat
  9. Samer Rashed/ Swing 25/ Gypsy Rhapsodies
  10. Ahmad Kaabour (Qabur)/ Halawanji Ya Isma'eel/ Ounadikom
  11. Rayan Habre/ Aa Bali Fell/ Taa' Ellak
  12. Mike Massy/ Ma Tfell (Ne Me Quitte Pas)/ Le Délire
  13. Ramy Adly/ Stairway to Heaven (Middle Eastern Version)
  14. Nour Khan/ Layta Li/ Single
  15. Aya Metwalli/ Beitak/ Beitak
  16. Climax (Ft Chafik Elkhourouj + Amine Souikra)/ On My Own (Acoustic Version)/ Climax
  17. Masaa/ Freedom Dance/ Freedom Dance
  18. Kinematic/ Ana Bahr/ Ala'

Arabology is an American radio show that airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) and is hosted, in English, by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti.

Jordanian Artist Tamer Al Ahmar Revives Cultural Icons in Unique Ways

Tamer Al-Ahmar displays some of his art in Amman, Jordan

I first stumbled upon Tamer Al-Ahmar's art when I was in Jordan in the summer of 2016.  His work--showcasing such cultural icons as Fairuz, Sabah, Um Kulthum and Dalida--immediately caught my eye and I resolved to meet this fine young artist who, several months later, agreed to speak with me via Skype about his work and background.

Tamer told me that had been interested in art ever since he can remember and, growing up, initially wanted to be a fashion designer.  In school, his drawings would be displayed and admired by students and faculty alike and he even had a private Facebook group where he drew memorable caricatures for selected friends who urged him to publish his work in different media.

Despite the fact that he majored in Business at the University of Jordan, Tamer always participated in art workshops and became very interested in the digital medium. Here, he credits Professor Alia Nemeh Haddad for recognizing his artistic talent and for encouraging to go further. "I did a presentation for one of her courses where I spoke about my art and she was amazed," he said. "She subsequently invited him to give various lectures about my art in different venues."

Tamer's first professional break came when he was hired by a Jordanian kids' magazine called Kidztimez where he began creating various characters.  "We started with two pages," he recalls, "then it turned into four then eventually I began designing their design cover."  See samples below.

 


His artistic journey then led him to begin immortalizing cultural figures he admired through his unique artistic style. "The first artwork I did was of Asmahan," he says, "and that piece was immediately commissioned by several stores in Amman who wanted to sell the poster. "I then continued the set by creating pieces for Fairuz, Sabah, Dalida, Shadia, Najat Al-Saghira and
Warda."  The set was subsequently displayed in various galleries, boutiques and stores in Amman--a step that solidified Tamer's reputation as one of Jordan's most groundbreaking artists.

Tamer Al-Ahmar with his artistic tribute to Fairuz
The unprecedented--and perhaps unexpected--interest in Tamer's art led him to join Society6, an online platform where anyone can purchase his art from prints and posters to imprinted T-shirts and other memorabilia.  The site offers worldwide service and timely delivery options. See THIS LINK.

Tamer's artwork can be ordered at https://society6.com/tameralahmarart
The success of Tamer's art, particularity the iconic series that initially launched his career, led the young artist to expand his "Diva Tributes" to include such icons as Souad Husni and Samira Tawfiq, as well as new pieces for Fairuz, Sabah, and Wadi El Safi.  He also issued a set of postcards in Jordan which have proved quite successful.

For his next project, Tamer is working on a series of male icons/singers--some of which he has already completed--including his tribute to legendary Egyptian crooner Abdul Halim Hafez,

In addition to his impressing oeuvre in digital pieces, Tamer has of late been working with Director Faisal Attrache on the movie poster for the latter's upcoming film, From the Mountain. "When Faisal saw my art, he immediately connected with me," he said. "We then worked for over two months to perfect the work, and it looks like Faisal will be using as the main poster for the film."

Poster for From the Mountain film, designed by Tamer Al-Ahmar
Tamer Al-Ahmar's art makes for a perfect, unique gift for anyone interested in cultural figures from the Arab world.  I myself just received my Fairuz phone cover--which I ordered from the Society6 website--and I love it!

For more info about Tamer Al-Ahmar's work, see facebook.com/tameralahmarart
To order various items featuring Tamer Al-Ahmar work, go to https://society6.com/tameralahmarart

Emel Mathlouthi Wows San Francisco (2017)

Emel Mathlouthi at Cafe du Nord, SF on May 16, 2017
Legendary Tunisian singer/songwriter/producer Emel Mathlouthi, whose early songs served as the soundtrack to the Tunisian Revolution and the Arab Spring, performed to a full crowd at San Francisco's Cafe du Nord on May 16, 2017.  The evening was one to remember for a long time to come.

Although this one-night only bay area performance mainly served to promote Emel's latest CD, titled Ensen, the performer did not shy away from singing some of her older hits, including her legendary song "Kelmti Horra"--a performance that brought the house down.


But perhaps the highlight of the evening was the impromptu songs that Emel sang with the audience which seemed quite content to sing along--even in Arabic--while demandeing encore after encore.  One of those priceless moments was captured in the video below where the Tunisian songstress, deluged by requests for more songs, was happy to oblige.

Video Highlights from Emel Mathlouthi's SF Concert: https://youtu.be/5k6mOxc1_kQ



The day following her SF concert, Emel performed in LA--the last stop on her US tour.




Emel Mathlouthi to Perform in San Francisco on May 16, 2017

Emel Mathlouthi will perform in San Francisco on May 16, 2017

If there is one concert that San Franciscans cannot afford to miss this year, it is Emel Mathlouthi's performance at the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm). Make sure you get your tickets at this link.

This one-night only San Francisco concert is part of Mathlouthi's world tour as she promotes her critically acclaimed new album Ensen (for other places click here).  It also marks her first return to the bay area since her unforgettable concert at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall in October 2016.

Tunisian prominent Singer/Songwriter Emel second album Ensen was produced by her own record label “Little Human Records” and released on Partisan Records on 24 February 2017.  This much anticipated album wowed critics and audiences worldwide--not an easy feat considering the fact that Emel’s first album, Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free) is considered as "The Voice of the Tunisian Revolution." On Ensen, she’s merged to a style that’s even more uniquely her own, combining organic and electronic sounds to produce a record that will appeal to any lover of innovative and heartfelt music.



Below are some of Emel Mathlouthi's most memorable performances, including short clips from her Stanford concert in October 2016:


Emel Mathlouthi at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.  Click CC for English subtitles):

Highlights from Emel Mathouthi's 2 Performances at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall in October 2016 (Unlisted Video):

Emel Mathlouthi's Lunch talk with Dr. Ramzi Salti at Stanford's Markaz Recource Center (Oct 2016):

Emel Mathlouthi's Video Clip for her song "Ensen Dhaif (Human, Helpless Human)"


Remember to purchase your tickets for Emel Mathlouthi's May 16, 2017 San Francisco Concert at THIS LINK.  See you there!

Ramzi Salti Interviewed in "Qahwa" Journal (April 2017)

The new issue of Qahwa features a lengthy article/interview with Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio show host Dr. Ramzi Salti about (mostly) indie/alternative Arabic music. You can read the entire piece, authored by Zahraa Hmood, at this link: http://joom.ag/OMSW/p24

Below are screen shots of the interview which appears in full here.











April 2017 Arabology Podcast ft Groundbreaking Arabic Music + More

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology111

Arabology is back with a new show that aired on KZSU 90.1 FM in April 2017.  Podcast is now available at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology111

Hosted by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti, this episode featured groundbreaking music from the Arab world  + interviews with this year's winners of the Techwadi/RiseUp Summit.

Listen below or at THIS LINK.