Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oct 13 Arabology Podcast Ft New Indie Arabic Music + Arab Film Festival



Arabology 9.11 aired live on KZSU 90.1 FM on Oct 13, 2015 and included tons of new indie music from the Arab world + interview with the Arab Film Festival's Artistic Director Deana Nassar.

Listen to podcast below or at soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology911



Playlist for Arabology 13 October 2015 DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1. DJ Pretentious/Get Lucky (Oriental Chillout Remix)/DJ Pretentious
2. Rayess Bek/ Emta Hataref (Asmahan)/ Love and Revenge/ Wael Kodeih
3. Jowan Safadi/Untie Me/Single/Jowan Safadi
4. Mashrou' Leila/3 Minutes/Single/Mashrou' Leila
5. Alif/Dars Min Karma Sutra/ Aynama Rtama/ Nawa Recordings
6. Mohamed Mansour (ft Nathalie Saba)/ Ahlamna El helwa (Sweet Dreams)/ Single/100 Copies
7. Interview with Deana Nassar/ Artistic Director of Arab Film Festival/ Arabology/KZSU
8. Interview with Deana Nassar/ Arab Film Festival Artistic Director/Arabology/KZSU
9. Mahmoud Badrawy/ Ighsil Albak (Cleanse Your Heart)/Single/Mahmoud Badrawy & Ahmad Shabaka
10. Ahmet Baglama /Outro/Opening of International Festival of Hammamat 2015/Ahmet Baglama & Groupe Mizrap
11. Zaman Fabriq/ Ya Mal Isham/ Zaman Fabriq/ Buda Musique
12. Terez Sliman + Friends/ Snoring Moon/ Zahr El Lawz (Almond Blossom)/ Terez Sliman & Yazan Ibrahim
13. Ruba Shamshoum/ Madeleine/ Single/ Ruba Shamshoum
14. El Container/Shouf El Youm/ The Widow Maker/ RJ Music Production
15. Who Killed Bruce Lee/ Betwannis Bik (Warda cover)/Live/ Who Killed Bruce Lee (Lebanon)
16. El Morabba3/El Mokhtalifeen/ Single/ El Morabba3
17. 47 Soul/ Intro to Shamstep/ Shamstep/ 47 Soul
18. Al Bsmeh Al 3Rbieh/ Waqif 3ala El Hudud/ Al Bsmeh Al 3Rbieh
19. Kabreet/ Enta Arabi/ Single/ Ibi Ibrahim
19. Zeina Barhoum/Lamma Bada Yatathanna/Alcantara/The Arabic Soprano

Listen to podcast below or at soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology911



Sunday, October 4, 2015

Emel Mathlouthi Touring the US in October




Tunisian singing legend Emel Mathlouthi, whose music has been credited for fueling the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, will be performing at the following venues in the US this October:

Sept 25th & 26th: Globaquerque Festival, Albuquerque, New mexico
Oct 1st: Skirball Center, Los Angeles, California
Oct 12th: National Sawdust, Brooklyn, New York
Oct 16th: Herbst Theatre, San Fransisco, California
Oct 29th: Stewart Theatre, Raleigh, North Carolina

Emel Mathlouthi kindly granted Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti an interview which you can hear below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/emelmathlouthi


About Emel Mathlouthi:
In 2007, the Tunisian singer, guitarist, and composer, Emel Mathlouthi, fled the home country that banned her songs and moved to France. There, she further developed a repertoire that vented a yearning for freedom. With lyrics provided by Amin El Ghozzi, she wrote and performed "Kelmti Horra" ("My World Is Free"), which ultimately went viral on social media and became an anthem of the 2010 Arab Spring.

Mathlouthi sings mainly in classical Arabic or Tunisian dialects. Her self-produced album marries a lyrical purity of voice with western strings, Maghrebi percussion and electronica. On her debut album, she inhabits, and makes her own, elements from rock and folk, fado and flamenco, Celtic and Tzigane, north African gnawa and rai.

Born in 1982, she admired her father's collection of vintage protest songs, from Bob Dylan to Victor Jara. And she was captivated by the free expression of blind Egyptian troubadour, Sheikh Imam. After studying graphic design at Tunis University, she discovered the release and rebellion of rock and hasn't looked back.

"I never dreamed that my songs would be sung on the streets," she says. "For more than 50 years, we have been ruled by dictators. We aren't used to deciding for ourselves... but the revolution is not finished."

Below are some videos of Emel Mathlouthi in Concert:

Emel Mathlouthi - Ma Lkit (Not Found) Live @ Le Café de la Danse, Paris (https://youtu.be/OREBBcK0a5A):









Founder of National Youth Orchestra of Iraq Zuhal Sultan at Stanford



Zuhal Sultan, founder of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq , gave a series of talks at Stanford this week that centerred on the way she has managed to bring together a group of 43 young musicians from all across Iraq - Shia, Sunni, Kurdish, Christian - to perform together in perfect harmony.

Zuhal gave a talk in Arabic at noon where she spoke about her journey. The talk was introduced by Stanford Professor Alexander Key and sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Stanford Language Center, and the Euphrates Institute. That talk was followed by a lecture, in English, that was additionally sponsored by AMENDS and included a musical intro by the Stanford Middle East Ensemble. See pics below.


Zuhal Sultan with Professor Alexander Key

Zuhal Sultan at Stanford


Zuhal also granted ِArabology radio host Dr, Ramzi Salti an interview which was recorded at KZSU 90.1 FM.  You can hear the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/zuhalsultan


ABOUT ZUHAL SULTAN:

Zuhal Sultan (Arabic: زحل سلطان‎; born 1991 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an Iraqi pianist and activist who founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq at the age of 17.  Born in Baghdad, Zuhal Sultan is the youngest of a scientific family of two boys and two girls. Both of her parents obtained their Ph.D degrees in natural sciences from universities in the United Kingdom. She started piano studies at the age of six with the help of a private tutor, then she auditioned to join the Music and Ballet School of Baghdad at the age of 9. After the departure from Iraq of many artists and intellectuals as a result of the 2003 Iraq War, Zuhal was left without a piano teacher. She therefore taught herself, as well as the younger students in her piano class. Despite all these difficulties, Zuhal has performed concerts both at home and abroad, including Jordan, France, Switzerland and at  the Royal Festival Hall in London as a member of the Leonard Bernstein Mass orchestra. Zuhal has won many awards including the
2015 Euphrates Visionary of The Year (see video below or at https://youtu.be/XWAUgDz4iqE)




Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bassem Youssef Wows Stanford University



Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef spoke to a sold-out audience at Stanford University on September 28, 2015--an event that was co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and OpenXChange.  The talk was moderated by Larry Diamond, former director of the CDDRL and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The political satirist, also known as the “Arab Jon Stewart,” shared with the Stanford community his thoughts on why political satire has come to embody an important element of modern day politics. He also reflected on his own experience as the co-founder and host of the internationally acclaimed political satire talk show “Al-Bernameg.” Youssef  discussed the challenges and obstacles he faced in providing the Egyptian public alternative viewpoints on politics not represented by the mainstream news media.
Bassem Youssef with Dr. Ramzi Salti at Stanford


Named one of TIME’s “100 most influential people in the world” in 2013, Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian satirist, columnist, and talk show host. A cardiac surgeon by training, Youssef turned to comedy after he was inspired by the Egyptian revolution. He uploaded the first episode of his homemade newscast, “The B+ Show,” to YouTube in May 2011. After it garnered more than 5 million views in three months, Youssef was named the host of “Al-Bernameg,” a satirical newscast modeled after Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Youssef’s bold, intelligent, and humorous critiques of Egyptian politics quickly became a hit with audiences in the country and garnered more than 40 million viewers. In 2012, Mohamed Morsi’s government pursued charges against Youssef for "insulting the president," “insulting Islam," and “reporting false news.” In March 2013, Youssef was briefly detained, released on bail, and fined. CBC suspended the broadcast of “Al-Bernameg” in November 2013. In 2014, Youssef announced that he was ending the program due to the dangerous political climate in Egypt. In the spring of 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has recently been announced as the host of the International Emmy Awards gala of 2015.
(Segment above taken from CDDRL's Web Site. See THIS LINK for more).

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