Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nov 29 'Arabology' Podcast ft Arabic Music + Poetry + Imed Alibi Segment + Sabah Tribute

This 'Arabology' episode aired on November 29, 2014 and featured alternative/indie Arabic songs, poetry (translated) + instrumentals along with commentary, in English, by Dr. Ramzi Salti. Featured spotlight on Suad Bushnaq, segment by Imed Alibi highlighting his 'Safar' CD and a tribute to Sabah and Said Aql--both of whom passed away this month.



Playlist for this show:

Playlist for ArabologySaturday, 29 November 2014  10pm - midnightDJ: Ramzi S.
ArtistTrackAlbum/Label
MeenMaqbaret Al Ahlam [Graveyard of Dreams]3arouset Bkeseen
Fouad and Toni Yammine
Saleh, TaniaShe Doesn’t Love You [Hiya La Touhibbuka]Album ReviewA Few Images [Shwayit Souwar]
Valley Entertainment Inc
Massy, Mike (ft Fadia Tomb El-Hage)Ajibtou Minka Wa Minni (Poem by Al-Hallaj)Naseej
Mike Massy & Sary-Ayad Khalife
Lammam, EliasLamsat RuhAlbum ReviewSelsebil
Elias Lammam
Kassis, TaniaWataniLive at l'Olympia
Tania Kassis
Mashrou' LeilaAna W Ana [Us and Them]Iandiequalus
Various Artists / Ana Corberó
Rim BannaBreak Your FearsAlbum ReviewSongs From A Stolen Spring
Valley Entertainment Inc
SaadEnty Baghya WahadSuper Hits 2014
Various Artists
Hamdan, YasmineNediya (A. Turk Ancient Love Radio Edir)Ya Nass (Remixes) [Vol. 2] EP
Crammed Discs
JadalWahde BteshbahekCoke Studio
Jadal/Coke Studio
Badarneh, KamelBambino Remix (ft Lili Boniche)Single
Kamel Badarneh
Younan, Faya + RihanLi-biladi [For Our Countries]Single
Faya + Rihan Younan
Alsarah & The NubatonesOud SoloAlbum ReviewSilt
Wonderwheel Recordings
Saba, YoumnaMadd W Jazr [Ebb and Flow]Njoum
Youmna Saba
Alsarah & The NubatonesHabibi Taal (Come Lover)Album ReviewSilt
Wonderwheel Recordings
Interview with Imed AlibiImed Alibi Highlights his 'Safar' CDArabology
KZSU
Alibi, ImedPour Quelques Dinars De PlusAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedBounawaraAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedFanfare D'alexandrieAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedMaknassyAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedNafassAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedMhdAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedBalkani ConnexionAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Alibi, ImedStaring At The SandAlbum ReviewSafar
Irl Music Consultants
Ancient FutureYearning For The WindAlbum ReviewYearning For The Wind
Ancient-Future.Com Records
Bushnaq, SuadLamma Bada YatathannaSingle
Suad Bushnaq
Tribute To Said Akl and SabahIn MemoriamArabology
KZSU
SabahTaala We Tetaamar Ya DarCocktail from Lebanon
Voix de l'Orient

Listen to this show at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-83-indie-arabic-music-imed-alibi-segment-sabah-tribute

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nov 13 'Arabology' Podcast Spotlights Tania Saleh (ft Interview + New CD)

Tania Saleh's CD covers through the years

This special episode of 'Arabology' (aired Nov 13, 2014) spotlights the life and music of Lebanese singer Tania Saleh and features an exclusive interview with the artist about the launch of her new CD "A Few Images." Includes song excerpts.




Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nov 6 'Arabology' Podcast Highlights 'Songs from a Stolen Spring' + Arabian Shakespeare Festival

This Arabology episode (aired on Nov 6, 2014) highlights 'Songs from a Stolen Spring'--a new CD compilation by Valley Entertainment which focuses on the theme of freedom by fusing Western musicians with such Arab artists as Rim Banna, Dina El Wedidi, Massar Egbari, Eskenderella, Mounir Troudi, Ramy Essam, Lobna Noomene and Tania Saleh who also discusses her participation in this project in a pre-recorded interview.



This show also includes an interview with William J Brown III, Founder and Artistic Director of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival (taking place in San Francisco Nov 13-23, 2014).


ABOUT THE 'SONGS FROM A STOLEN SPRING CD اغاني من ربيع مسروق:


Reviewed by Ramzi Salti.  All tracks FCC safe
This is the second East/West fusion CD by Valley Entertainment Inc where the producers attempt to mix Western songs and artists with songs by various world artists.  Their previous CD was ‘Lullabies from the Axis of Evil’ in 2004. This new compilation  pairs Western singers and songs of ‘freedom’ with an impressive array of indie/independent Arab singers. 

1. Feedom/A New Beginning--features Blind Boys of Alabama singing Richie Havens’ ‘Freedom’ with Egypt’s Eskenderella singing ‘Safha Gedeeda.’ 5:24
2. Not a Word Was Spoken/ Dancing in the Streets--brings Lebanese singer Tania Saleh singing ‘Ma Elna Shi’ with American bluesman Terry Evans. 4:57
3. A Simple Song of Freedom/Once We Were True Rebels--combines Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel with Tunisia’s Mounir Troudi singing ‘Trop Tard’ in Arabic [lyrics by poet Fouad Al-Hamdi] 5:00
4. Beyond These Doors/Get Up, Stand Up--mixes Egypt’s Dina El Wedidi with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze. 7:15
5. Ol’ Mother Earth/I Still Exist fuses Maria McKee with Massar Egbari, a popular Egyptian band that sings ‘Ana Mawgood.’ 5:48
6. Bread, Freedom/ If I Can Dream--combines Egyptian revolutionary singer Ramy Essam with bluesman Mighty Sam McClain. 4:45
7. Danger Zone--by Soozie Tyrell (E Street Band) in English.
8. Break Your Fears--by Palestinian singer Rim Banna continues the feel of the previous track, but in Arabic.
9. Once Upon a Time/Many Rivers to Cross—by Tunisia’s Lobna Noomene and film singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott.

You can download this CD from iTunes and at THIS LINK.

ABOUT WILLIAM J BROWN III, FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF 'ARABIAN SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL':


Dr Ramzi Salti (left) with William J Brown III at KZSU Studio

I was honored to interview William J Brown III for this show. William J. Brown III is the Founding Ars Director of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival.  As an actor he has performed from California to the United Arab Emirates. As a teacher he has taught theatre to students ages 6-18 and is a Resident Teaching Artist with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.  He earned his BA in Theatre, Dance and History from Santa Clara University, his MA in Theatre from San Jose State University, and has studied at the American Shakespeare Center and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

My interview with William who discusses the Arabian Shakespeare Festival begins at minute 33:35 in the podcast below:






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