Saturday, May 25, 2013

5/23 Arabology Podcast highlights Arab Women's Voices and Writings

The May 23, 2013 episode of Arabology highlights Arab Women's Voices in music, literature and culture. 
It can be downloaded at http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/68621
See full playlist at end of this blog entry.

May 23, 13 Arabology Podcast includes these amazing women and more


This Podcast includes:
1. An exclusive interview with singer May Nasr and the US premiere of her new song 'Ouhibbouka" (lyrics by Syrian writer Ghada Al Samman)
2. Writer Arin Mango who reads excerpts from her article "What's Islam Got to Do with It?' which was just published in Avicenna - The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs (Vol 3 No. 1 Winter 2013)
3. A conversation with Nisrin Elamin (Doctoral student at Stanford) who broaches issues related to Sudanese culture while showcasing vibrant songs by Alsarah and Rasha.
4. An interview with Zoe Woolford, student of Arabic at Stanford, who discusses the challenges and benefits of learning Arabic.
5. Selected songs by some of the Arab world's most talented female vocalists including Oumeima el Khalil, Yasmine Hamdan, and Fairuz.


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Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 23 May 2013 3-5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1. Oumeima El Khalil/ Fi Akher Al Ashyaa/ Zaman/ Forward Music
2. Fairuz/ Ahwak/ Fairuz Chante Zaki Nassif/VDL
3. May Nasr+Lourdes Perez/Ma'kum bimshi/May Nasr
4. Interview with May Nasr/ Pre-recorded/ Arabology/ KZSU
5. May Nasr/ Ouhibouka (lyrics by Ghada Samman)/ Single/ May Nasr
6. Reading by Arin Mango/ What's Islam Got to Do with It?/Avicenna: Stanford Journal of Muslim Affairs
7. Rasha/ Ya Sudan Ma'alesh/ Let me be/ Rasha
8. Interview with Nisreen Elamin/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KSU
9. Alsarah/ Fi Himaka Rabana / Single/ Alsarah
10. Interview with Nisreen Elamin/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
11. Alsarah ft Oddise2/ Vote/ Single/ Oddisee
12. Interview with Zoe Woolford/Stanford student of Arabic/ Arabology/ KZSU
13. Yasmine Hamdan/ La Mouch/ Yasmine Hamdan/ Kwaidan Records

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My Interview with Moroccan Sufi Musician Yassir Chadly (incl live performances on Oud and Gimbri)


Click on the link below to listen to my interview with Yassir Chadly (May 16, 2013) which includes 2 live in-studio performances by Yassir playing the Oud and the Gimbri. Give it a minute to load.

http://www.radio4all.net/files/author30@gmail.com/4294-1-Yassir_Cadley_Interview_May_16_2013.mp3



ABOUT YASSIR CHADLY:
Born  in Casablanca, Morocco, Yassir Chadly has made the USA his home since 1977 and has been performing and recording Moroccan music here since that time.
He is a gifted musician of many traditional Moroccan instruments including the oud, gimbri, karkabas, darbuka, fretless banjo, tarija and  bendeer and is one of the first Moroccan artists to introduce his native music to an American audience.

His innovative style and distinctive  personality has led him to collaborate with many American Jazz artists including  Pharoah Sanders, Steve Coleman and Randy Weston. He has also recorded and performed with Cuban artist Omar Sosa, digeridoo master Stephen Kent, bluegrass musician and Buddhist activist, Alan Senuake, Hamza Lila, The Mo’Rockin’ Project and Funky Blues musician Taj Mahal . Recently he has composed and performed music with the bay area Flamenco artist Kerensa DeMars and Flamenco gypsy singer Kina Mendez.

His first solo CD, AJEEB! was released in 2005 and is available  on iTunes.

He has composed and performed Moroccan music for Alonzo King and Lines Ballet Company of San Francisco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The North Carolina Dance Theatre ,The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV show and in 2006 was a featured performer with Philip Glass and his ensemble at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco for the West Coast premiere of The Qatsi Trilogy.

His jazz/Moroccan fusion CD entitled “SAHABA” recorded with The Mo’Rockin Project is available on their website at www.morockinproject.com

In addition to his musical talents he has also performed as a FOLKLORIC STORYTELLER bringing together Western and Sufi traditions in an  innovative style.

He currently resides in Northern California with his wife filmmaker and ceramicist Khadijah Chadly and their three sons .

Yassir will be in concert along with other musicians at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California for 'A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi & Trance Music' on Saturday May 25 at 8pm.


More about Yassir Chadly: http://www.yassirchadly.com


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 16 Arabology Podcast Ft Interviews with Eliyahu Sills and Yassir Chadly


The May 16, 2013 episode of 'Arabology' features a pre-recorded interview with musician Eliyahu Sills and a live interview with Yassir Chadly who performs live on the show while playing the Oud and the gimbri. Also includes interview with music manager Alex Hughes who promotes 'A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi & Trance Music with Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson & Bouchaib Abdelhadi' on May 25 at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley.

In addition to Gnawa, Sufi & Trance Music, this episode includes songs from the Arab Spring and tracks by Rami Essam, Autostrad, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Egyptian Project, Oumeima El Khalil, Jerusalem In My Heart, Jadal, Yaseen, La Tlateh, Hiba.

Playlist at http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/index.php?action=viewDJ&seq=selList&playlist=25786

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Dum Tak Festival in Jordan: 15 Alternative Arabic Bands in 5 Nights


This year, The Dum Tak Alternative Arabic Music Festival, which takes place in Amman, Jordan, will feature 15 an eclectic mix of bands from around the region who will come together and perform in the first-of-its-kind concert in Amman for what promises to be an exciting week.

  • Tuesday 28 May: Toot Ard (Palestine), Salalem (Egypt), Autostrad (Jordan)
  • Wednesday 29 May: Za’ed Na’es (Jordan), El Morabba3 (Jordan), Massar Egbari (Egypt)
  • Thursday 30 May: Fareeq El Atrash (Lebanon), DAM (Palestine), Cairokee & Zap Tharwat (Egypt)
  • Friday 31 May: Maii Waleed & Zeid Hamdan (Egypt & Lebanon), Alaa Wardi & Hayajan (Jordan), Wust El Balad (Egypt)
  • Saturday 1 June: Akher Zapheer (Jordan), JadaL (Jordan), Mashrou’ Leila (Lebanon)

The festival will take place at the Bisharat Golf Clubin Amman, Jordan. 
Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 8pm
For more info see https://www.facebook.com/events/184286998385406


Hip Hop Event Moderated by Ramzi Salti ft DAM, Omar Offendum (Video Segments)

The 'Tradition and Modernity: Globalization of Hip Hop Spotlight Omar Offendum and DAM' event took place at Stanford University on April 6, 2013 and was moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Arabic Lecturer at Stanford and radio talk show host of KZSU's "Arabology." See video segments from this event below.


This event was recorded in its entirety (see video segments below) and included live interviews with artists Omar Offendum and members of DAM (Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmood Jrere), plus concert by both Offendum and DAM, ft. DJ Emancipacion.

The event was organizer by Stanford student Farah Weheba and was co-sponsored by Murray House, CSRE, MSAN, Residential Education, Cardinal Nights, Riddell Fund, The Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, SSNW, SPE.

Part 1 includes intro by Farah Weheba and Ramzi Salti's interview with DAM and Omar Offendum 
http://youtu.be/oZCycyYIXrQ


Part 2 features second part of Ramzi Salti's interview with DAM and Omar Offendum.
http://youtu.be/9ndQ2fcmlXU


Part 3 features Omar Offendum in Concert
http://youtu.be/YzeZH01J484


Part 4 features the last segment of Omar Offendum in Concert.
http://youtu.be/E1lZFMu4QOQ


Part 5 features concert by DAM
http://youtu.be/R59Klwb76jM


Or watch all videos in a row via the Playlist below:


Pictures from the Globalization of Hip Hop Spotlight Omar Offendum and DAM

Event organizer Farah Weheba (left) with Ramzi Salti

Ramzi Salti (left) with DAM group members







DAM in concert


Omar Offendum in concert



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dr. Ramzi Salti: Stanford Lecture on Arabic Music (including video excerpts)



Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University and Radio Host of 'Arabology' on KZSU 90.1 FM, began a weeklong series of talks titled "Ya'ani: Week of Music, Culture, and Languages of the Middle East" at Stanford on May 13, 2013 with a lecture titled '"Breaking with Tradition: An Examination of Alternative Arabic Music and Video Clips." The talk attempted to briefly showcase groundbreaking musicians and artists in Arabic music from the 1960's to the present, including (but not limited to) music that has fueled the Arab Spring.

See list of the musical artists that were discussed during the lecture at this link.

Here are some segments from the talk/dinner which took place at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford University campus on May 13, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm.

Part 1: Intro to groundbreaking musical artists in Arabic music (http://youtu.be/c0YZAXJFYyA)


Part 2: Segment on the legendary Fairuz (http://youtu.be/ulnYo8AkM0M)


Part 3: Arab-Israeli music, 80s pop icons, Arab Spring (http://youtu.be/DHM2FfVA_7A)


Part 4: Q & A Segment about Arabic music (http://youtu.be/EJFTTuTF1A0)


Part 5: Q & A ft question by Omar Offendum (http://youtu.be/CTpBwnmyMhc)


Or view all videos in a row as a Playlist below:

Here are some pics from the event:







Monday, May 13, 2013

Mon (5/13): Ramzi Salti, "Breaking with Tradition: Alternative Arabic Music" Talk/Dinner at Stanford


Dr. Ramzi Salti will be giving a talk/dinner titled "Breaking with Tradition: An Examination of Alternative Arabic Music and Video Clips" on May 13, 2013 from 6-7:30pm at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University. This event is part of the 'Ya'ani: Week of Music, Culture, and Languages of the Middle East' which brings you classroom-style conversations with a variety of Stanford faculty over lunch and dinner (see full program below).
Everyone is welcome to attend but Stanford students and affiliates should RSVP to jturan@stanford.edu


Saturday, May 11, 2013

May 9 Arabology Podcast ft Alternative Arabic + Iranian Music/Interviews




May 9 'Arabology' Podcast available at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s5-episode-5
* First part Features Arabic songs with commentary in English by Ramzi Salti.
* Second part showcases Iranian group Eendo (whose music is sampled throughout) incl interview with Ardalan Payvar + commentary by Stanford Lecturer Shervin Emami.

To Download/Save Podcast: 
https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s5-episode-5

Playlist at http://zookeeper.stanford.edu/index.php?action=viewDJ&seq=selList&playlist=25735





Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New CD by The Invisible Hands [El Ayadi El Khafeyya]



The Invisible Hands is the English translation of the band's original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El khafeyya الايادي الخفية.

The group was founded by frontman, guitarist, and keyboardist Alvarius B. (aka Alan Bishop, formerly of the Sun City Girls), the only American member. The balance of the lineup — Cherif El Masri on guitars, bass, and keyboards and vocalist Aya Hemeda (both former members of popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), drummer Magued Nagati, and Mohammed Medhad on violin and viola — all hail from Cairo, Egypt. The band recorded its self-titled debut album twice, once in English, once in Arabic. The set was released by Abduction in March of 2013. (Source: iTunes)

This sound sample includes short excerpts from each of the Arabic songs on the Deluxe double CD:


The CD is available for sale on iTunes

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Night of Music with Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson, Bouchaib Abdelhadi


A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi and Trance Music
with Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson & Bouchaib Abdelhadi

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:00pm
La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA

Coming together for the first time, this group of internationally acclaimed musicians will entrance the audience with the sounds of North Africa on traditional instruments including Sintir, Ney, Guimbri, Oud, Darbukkah and Bendir. Members of this collaboration include the founder of The Qadim Ensemble, El Hameedeen, and Zuwwar Ennabi Gnawa Ensemble. They have received national recognition on NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Living on Earth, and top sales on Billboard Music charts. This group of Bay Area treasures coming together will be a fantastic evening of music not to be missed!





May 13: 'Improvising the Hip-Hop Muslim International' at Stanford



Free Your Mind! IMPROVISING THE HIP-HOP MUSLIM INTERNATIONAL


DATE/TIME: MAY 13, 4:15PM – 5:45PM
LOCATION: CEMEX AUDITORIUM, ZAMBRANO HALL 641 KNIGHT WAY, STANFORD, CA 94305

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist – born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles.

Sohail Daulatzai is an Associate Professor of both Film and Media Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine. 

In the 21st century, we all improvise identity and race. In this so-called “post-identity” era, improvisation is a metaphor for both how we construct our selves and the mode through which we create our selves. Throughout this 10-week course, we will explore how artists improvise identity through jazz music, modern dance, drag performance, contemporary art, race comedy, food, hip-hop theory, and freestyl

FREE and Open to the Public

For more info see http://arts.stanford.edu/event/free-your-mind-improvising-the-hip-hop-muslim-international/

Co-Sponsored By: African & African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Student Association, The Cantor Arts Center, Center For African Studies, Undergraduate program in CSRE, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race and Ethnicity at Stanford (InsPIRES), Jewish Studies, Music, Office Of The Provost, Religious Studies, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities & Arts, Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford Humanities Center, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate EducationFor more information visit diversityarts.stanford.edu

Egyptian Writer Sonallah Ibrahim Speaks at Stanford (May 6)


On Monday May 6, 2013, the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of History, Graduate Student Council, Arab Studies Table, Stanford Language Center, and Stanford Humanities Center presented an Arabic Conversation Session with Sonallah Ibrahim. The session was conducted in Arabic and open only to Stanford Students.

Later that day, Mr. Ibrahim also gave a public talk in conversation with Professor Alexander Key (Stanford University) and Prof. Noha Radwan from University of California, Davis)at the Stanford Humanities Center--an event that was open to the public ( more information) .

Sonallah Ibrahim is “one of Egypt's most formally interesting and politically uncompromising writers ” and an Arab intellectual who has lived in Egypt throughout the reality of the last several decades. His most recently translated book, That Smell , “was a breathtakingly subversive answer to the problem of the omnipresence of the state in daily life and the inability of Arabic literature to express and capture that reality. It met with immediate censorship” (Yasmine El Rashidi , NYRB). “Ibrahim’s exhiliratingly bleak novel gives English-speaking readers a new classic of mid-century existentialism and, at the same time, a window onto an Egypt too few of us have glimpsed in literature or elsewhere” (Benjamin Kunkel).



Bassem Youssef Hosts 'Controversial' Lebanese Band Mashrou' Leila

Bassem Youssef  (3rd from left) with Mashrou' Leila band members

Bassem Youssef, aka 'Egypt's Jon Stewart' recently sparked more controversy in Egypt after hosting Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila whose music has redefined alternative Arabic music and whose poignant video clips do not shy away from tackling various social and political issues that are so often ignored or dismissed in mainstream Arabic songs.

Youssef, who has since been accused of insulting religion by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, hosted  مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila during the season finale of his TV show albernameg.  Mashrou' Leila is a seven-piece alternative rock band from Beirut which has won countless fans throughout the Middle East since forming in 2008. Its frank treatment of taboo subjects such as sexuality and religion has drawn criticism and applause due (among other things) to the fact that the band's lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bassem-youssef-mashrou-leila-_n_3154736.html)

Of his experience with Mashrou Leila, Youssef stated, "I heard their songs and I didn't ask about his orientation ... Did we discuss [his] being openly gay on the show? We didn't."  He then added that "They will just try to dig up anything to...alienate you in front of the people."

Here is a segment from 'The Huffington Post' web site in which Bassem Youssef discusses this matter (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bassem-youssef-mashrou-leila-_n_3154736.html):







Here is the Mashrou' Leila segment from Bassem Youssef's TV show Albarnameg:  http://youtu.be/WzreD9hU7g4?t=1m36s



This report from CNN tackled this subject and can can be found at http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/02/06/inside-middle-east-lebanon-music-mashrou3-leila.cnn.html



Here is the full Segment/interview with Bassem Youssef from HuffingtonPost.com:




Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 2 Arabology Podcast Ft Interview with Egyptian Dancer/Instructor Hala of Halanda Studio


The May 2, 2013 Arabology Podcast ft an interview w/ Egyptian dancer/teacher Hala Fauzi of Halanda Studio in San Jose + music of Arab world along with commentary, in English, by DJ Ramzi.

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Playlist for ArabologyThursday, 2 May 2013  3pm - 5pmDJ: Ramzi S.
1. Elias Lammam/ Raqsat Farah/ Selsebil/ Elias Lammam
**2. Interview with Hala Fauzi/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU
3. Dalida/ Helwa Ya Baladi/ Paroles D'Ailleurs/ Orlando
**4. Interview with Hala Fauzi/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
5. Hakim/ Kolo Yorkos/ Kolo Yorkos/ Alam El Phan
**6. Interview with Hala Fauzi/ Part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU
7. Dalida/ Salma ya salama/ Dalida in Egypt/ Laser
8. Michel Sajrawy/ Ya Lel (excerpt)/ Arabop/ Dasam
9. Armada Bizerta/ Salam (Peace)/ Khat Thaleth (Third Rail)/ Stronghold Sound
10. La Tlateh + Hiba/ Boov (Boov)/ Khat Thaleth (Third Rail)/ Stronghold Sound
11. Kamilya Jubran/ Bahib El Bahr / Single/ Unit Records
12. Rim Banna/ The Absent One/ Revelation Of Ecstasy And Rebellion/ Kirkelig Kulturverksted
13. Ibrahim Maalouf/ Doubts 2/ Wind/ Mi'ster Prods
14. Fayrouz/ El Bint El Chalabiya/ Eh, Fi Amal/ Fbe
15. Rima Khcheich/ Habibit Oummaha/ Min Sihr Ouyounak-Live Tribute To Sabah/ Khcheich
16. Ensemble Maraghi/ Ara Taksim/ Anwar/ Felmay
17. Egyptian Project/ Anta Ana/ Ya Amar/ Six Degrees Records



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