Saturday, December 21, 2013

Top 30 alternative/indie Arabic Songs of 2013 Featured on Dec 20 'Arabology' Podcast

This year-end episode of 'Arabology' (aired Dec 20) showcases and discusses the Top 30 alternative/indie Arabic songs of 2013 along with exclusive shout-outs by some of the artists whose music is featured, including Tania Kassis, Tania Saleh, Hamed Sinno [Mashrou' Leila], Yassir Chadly, Yasmine Hamdan, May Nasr, Eliyahu Sills, Rania Kurdi, DAM, Mike Massy, and Omar Offendum.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the arrow below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s6-epsiode-11



Top 30 Songs 2013 for Arabology 20 Dec 2013 DJ: Ramzi S.
(Artist/Track/Album/Label)

1.  Massar Egbari/ Iqra2 El Khabar/ Iqra2 El Khabar/ Massar Egbari
2.  Akher Zephir/ Akherto Lahn Hazin/ Counter Culture/ Eka3
3.  Mashrou' Leila/ Abdo/ Raasuk/ Mashrou' Leila Preceded by message from Hamed Sinno
4.  Sadat & Alaa Fifty Cent/ Five Pound Credit/ Generation Bass/ Six Degrees Records 
5.  Hello, Psychaleppo!/ Tobayabooya/ Gool L'Ah/ Samer Saem Eldahr
6.  Abdulrahman Mohammad/ Asabaki 3ishq/ Abdulrahman Mohammed
7.  Omeima El Khalil,/ Shab Y Sabiyeh/ Ya/ Forward Music 
8.  Ensemble Ibn Arabi/ Her Words Bring Me to Life Again/Arabo-Andalusian Sufi Songs/ Long Distance France
9.  DAM/ If I Could Go Back In Time/ Debke On The Moon/ DAM Preceded by message from DAM
10. Stormtrap/ Taht El Agal/ Stormtrap/Stormtrap Asfeh
11. Elepheel+Edd Abbas+Lipos/ Master Cosmic Spy/ Tripnol/ Edd Abbas/Lipos/Elepheel
12. Jadal/ Fe Nabd Ana Has/ El Makina/ Mahmoud Radaideh
13. Rania Kurdi/ Ana Ana/ Sasha Abi Najmeh/ Rania Kurdi Preceded by message from Rania Kurdi
14. Michelle & Noel Keserwany/ Jagal El USEK/ Jagal El USEK/ Keserwany
15. Tania Kassis/ Ounchoudat Bayrout/ Oriental Colors/ Magnum Records Preceded by message from Tania Kassis
16. Zeid Hamdan/ Asfeh (Acoustic)/ Single/ Lebanese Undergroud
17. Mike Massy/ Ya 3achikat Al Ward/ Ya Zaman/  Falak Productions Preceded by message from Mike Massy
18. Jowan Safadi & Haya Zaatry/ Ji2tu ila Ahli/ Ghanni 3n Al-Taareef/ Ghanni.net
19. Ziyad Sahhab/ Kaza Kitab/ Keep On Singing/ Forward Music
20. Tania Saleh/ Hashishet Albi (Live)/ Live At Drm/ Forward Music Preceded by message from Tania Saleh
21. Labess/ El Kass Yadour/ Identite/ Needlepoint Records
22. Khaled/ Laila/ C'est La Vie/ Universal Music France
23. Rachid Taha/ Now Or Never/ Zoom/ Naive
24. Omar Offendum/ The Arab Speaks of Rivers & Finjan/ Syrianamericana/ Cosher Ink Preceded by message from Omar Offendum
25. Yassir Chadly/ Bil Mustapha/ Asheeq Zeen/ Yassir Chadly Preceded by message from Yassir Chadly
26. Khaled Aljaramani/ Farah/ Athar/ Institut Du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi
27. Mohamed Abozekry and  Heejaz/ Sur La Route/ Chaos/ Neonovo
28. Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble/ Maghrebi/ Eastern Wind/ Self Release Preceded by message from Eliyahu Sills
29. May Nasr/ Ouhibuka (Lyrics by Ghada Samman)/ Single/ May Nasr Preceded by message from May Nasr
30. Yasmine Hamdan/ Nediya/ Ya Nass/ Crammed Discs Preceded by message from Yasmine Hamdan

'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its sixth season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area).  It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English. Previous Podcasts at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Square: Documentary Examines Egyptian Revolution Behind the Headlines



The Square is an award winning documentary that follows a group of Egyptian revolutionaries as they battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

You can watch the trailer below or at  http://bit.ly/1a16PTf

Basic Info:
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Studio: Noujaim Films
Awards:  2013 Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Toronto Intl Film Festival - People's Choice Award
Starring Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ahmed Hassan, Ragia Omran, Ramy Essam, Aida El Kashef
Directed By Jehane Noujaim
Produced By Karim Amer

For more info:

Norient Film Festival Highlights Chaabi and Electro-Sha’abi Music/Films from Algiers and Cairo



The 5th Norient Music Film Festival is taking place from January 9-11, 2014 in Bern, Switzerland.  Norient officially selected eight films for the upcoming festival and invited several filmmakers, musicians and dj's to Bern. Highlights are the first Egyptian Electro-Sha’abi night of Switzerland, and two films


Chaabi and Electro-Sha’abi from Algiers and Cairo

El Gusto 89′ (Swiss Premiere. In presence of film-director) Safinez Bousbia, Algeria, 2013«When talking from Algier, you are automatically also talking of Chaabi-music» explains musician Ahmed Bernaoui: «This is my great passion, that’s what I am living through and for». «El Gusto» is the story of an Algerian Chaabi-orchestra. His Jewish and Muslim companions were separated fifty years ago by the Algerian civil war and live now scattered across France and Algeria. With t «El Gusto»,  filmmaker Safinez invites us to listen to the stories of their lives with a universal aim: Uniting the Jewish musicians in France and the Muslim musicians in Algeria in order to get them to play their music together once again.  Here is a preview of the film:  http://youtu.be/FYbriVTUWj8



Electro Chaabi 76′ Hind Meddeb, France, Egypt, 2013
The big thing in Cairo is something called Techno-Sha’bi or Electro-Sha’abi.  Born in the urban slums of Cairo, this music was subsequently discovered by experimental musicians as well as multinational companies. Director Hind Meddeb (in attendance at event) invites the spectators to take a plunge into the heart of the Electro-Sha’abi world.  Here is a trailer (http://youtu.be/9ADViq_KbxM):


Cairo Electro-Sha’abi Clubnight!
This unique event features MC Sadat, MC Alaa 50 Cent, DJ Ramy (Egypt); Cairo Liberation Front (Netherlands); Rocco al-Nigretti (Egypt); Special guest: FOKN Bois (Ghana)
On the occasion of the RELEASE of NORIENT LP «Sonic Traces: From the Arab World» – NORIENT and the 5th NORIENT Music-Film-Festival invite you to «shake your booty» at the first grand Electro-Sha’abi Club-Night of Switzerland.
Here is a sample of the music that will be included by MC Sadat & MC Alaa 50 Cent (follow at https://soundcloud.com/sadatfifty)

A sample from Cairo Liberation Front Presents Guns 'N Mozes: Egyptian Democrazy: 



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rebel Music: New MTV Series about Revolutionary Music Worldwide



'Rebel Music' is an MTV world series which includes six 30-minute episodes of “Rebel Music” that examine the lives of young people using art and music to spark change around the world. The series can be viewed at mtvU and RebelMusic.com.

Episode about Egypt: http://rebelmusic.com/egypt/video/memaxj

Episode about Palestine/Israel: http://rebelmusic.com/israel-palestine


Friday, December 13, 2013

Dec 12 Arabology Podcast ft Songs about Religious Tolerance, Social Equality, Civil/LGBT Rights, More.

The Dec 12 episode of Arabology broaches the issue of tolerance in the Arab world by showcasing music about religious coexistence, social equality, LGBT rights, Arab American identity and more. Show also includes interview with 'Alhurra' TV producer Louis Karim.




Playlist for Arabology Thursday, 12 Dec 2013 4-6 pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1. Tania Kassis/ Islamo-Christian Ave/ Live at l'Olympia/ Tania Kassis
2. Labess/ Bechar El Khir/ Identite/ Needlepoint Records
3. Khaled/ Samira/ C'est La Vie/ Universal Music France
4. Rachid Taha/ Now Or Never/ Zoom/ Naive
5. Jawhar/ Idhalil / Qibla wa Qobla/ NAFF REKORDZ
6. Jowan Safadi & Haya Zaatry/ Ji2tu ila ahli / ghanni 3an al-tareef/ Ghanni.net
7. Jam Tkseer/ Qaseeda shrera/ ghanni 3an al-tareef/ Ghanni.net
8. Khaled Aljaramani,/ Farah/ Athar/ Institut Du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi
9. Massar Egbari/ Wana Kol Ma2oul/ Iqra2 El Khabar/ Massar Egbari
10. Mohamed Abozekry and Heejaz/ Sur La Route/ Chaos/ Neonovo
11. Saif Karomi/ Malouna/ The Sound of Oud/ Saif Karomi
12. Interview with Louis Karim/ Producer for 'Alhurra' TV
13. Tania Saleh/ Yimkin Law/ Live At DRM/ Forward Music
14. Breaking the Boundaries & Abdulrahman Mohammed/ Ya mn hawah/ N/A
15. The Idan Raichel Project/ Azini/ Idan Raichel Project/ Cumbancha
16. Mashrou' Leila/ Lil Watan/ Raasuk/ Mashrou' Leila
17. Pangia/ Nasam 'alayna El-Hawa/ Mystic Blue Caravan Vol 7/ Pangia
18. NO Blues/ Hela Hela/ Hela Hela/ Continental Record Services

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s6-episode-10

My Interview with 'Alhurra' TV Producer Louis Karim

You can listen to the interview at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s6-episode-10#t=59:17

DJ Ramzi (right) with Louis Karim (left) at KZSU 90.1 FM
The Dec 12, 2013 episode of Arabology included an interview with 'Alhurra' TV producer Louis Karim who spoke about the role of TV and the media as well as his own experiences and TV journey to success. Click below to listen to the interview segment which begins at minute 59.

Friday, December 6, 2013

12/5 'Arabology' Podcast ft Bassam Kassab, Amr Adly, 2 NEW Songs by Mike Massy

Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s6-episode-9



This episode of 'Arabology' aired on Dec 5, 2013 and featured poignant Arabic music, including two exclusive tracks by Lebanese singer/composer Mike Massy.
Show also features 5-part interview with Lebanese American writer/film producer/human rights activist Bassam Kassab + interview with Amr Adly, Postdoctoral Fellow at CDDRL (Stanford University) who discusses issues related to the political economy of Egypt and Tunisia.




Playlist for Arabology Thurs 5 December 2013  4-6 PM  DJ: Ramzi (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1.  Khaled/ Laila/ C'est La Vie/Universal Music France
2.  Labess/El Kass Yadour/Identite/Needlepoint Records
3.  Rachid Taha/Wesh (N'amal)/Zoom/Naive
4.  Interview with Bassam Kassab (Lebanese American writer/activist//producer)/Part 1
5.  Fairuz/Addayash Kan Fi Nas/Best of Fairuz/EMI Arabia
7.  Interview with Bassam Kassab (short story excerpts)/Part 2
8.  Marwan Anwer/Ah min al foraq/Marwan Anwar/N/A
9.  Interview with Bassam Kassab (Arabic Poem)/Part 3
10. Mike Massy/Farewell/Unreleased/Mike Massy
11. Interview with Bassam Kassab (Toul Omry Film, Zarco)/Part 4
12. Mike Massy/Yammi/Unreleased Demo (World Premiere)/Mike Massy
13. Interview with Bassam Kassab (Sin Visa, Bi.Das)/ Part 5
14. Mike Massy/Soti Hareb Menni/Ya Zaman/Falak Productions
15. Massar Egbari (Egypt)/Wana Kol Ma2oul/Iqra2al Khabar/Massar Egbari
16. Interview with Amr Adly, Postdoctoral Fellow at CDDRL--Stanford University
17. Ramy Essam Taty Taty Rough Guide Arabic Revolution/World Music Network
18. Fairuz/ 3indi Thiqa Feek/Kifak Inta/Digital Press Hellas

Listen above or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s6-episode-9

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Exclusive Arabology Interviews: https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets/arabology-interviews