Saturday, February 4, 2023

Video: Ramzi Salti Interviews Omar Offendum (2023)

 

 

Watch interview above or at https://youtu.be/Mg4vi4mwHlE

Recorded on Jan 24, 2023

Ramzi Salti interviews Omar Offendum about his Stanford events (on January 28, 2023) where he was joined by Oud Virtuoso Ronnie Malley for a show titled "Coast to Coast: Reflections from Al Andalus to Los Angeles."

Syrian American rapper and poet Omar Offendum and Palestinian American multi-instrumentalist maestro Ronnie Malley weave stories of the past, present, and future as they trace the influence of Al-Andalus and Arabic-speaking peoples on music and culture, from New York City's Little Syria to the birth of California Surf Rock.

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/spoken word artist. Known for his unique blend of hip-hop and Arabic poetry, he’s been featured on prominent world news outlets (Aljazeera, BBC, PBS, LA Times), lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, UT-Austin, UCLA, SOAS, American University of Beirut), collaborated with major museums and cultural organizations (LACMA / Penn Museum / Ithra / Shangri-La / Arab-American National Museum), and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups (Islamic Relief, Karam Foundation, Syrian-American Medical Society). Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, an Arab America Foundation "40 Under 40" award recipient, and a member of both the Pillars Fund cohort for Muslim Narrative Change and the RaceForward Butterfly Lab cohort for Immigrant Narrative Strategy. He currently resides in the great state of New York with his wife and two little children, while daydreaming about the jasmine tree-lined streets of Damascus.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

El Morabba3 Unveils New Single "El Wuhoosh" (Monsters) Feb 2, 2023


Jordanian/Palestinian indie band El Morabba3 returns after a seven-year hiatus with their new single “El Wuhoosh” (Monsters), giving both long-time fans and new listeners a first sign of artistic horizons to come.

Between the release of their first, self-titled album in 2012 and their second, Taraf Al Khait, in 2016, El Morabba3 caught the transformative spirit of a revolutionary generation with their trenchant indie-rock sound and lyrics. Now, after restructuring the band and moving from Amman to Berlin, founding singer/songwriter/bassist Muhammad Abdullah and the music producer and sound artist Basel Naouri are taking El Morabba3’s earlier aesthetic evolution into a new direction.

Departing from the raw post-rock energy of the first album and the polished instrumental/electronic fervor of the second, the artists have taken a deep dive into experimentation with electronic sound and storytelling. This new direction is more than evident in “Al Wuhoosh,” a wholly electronic track whose dramatic and disquieting sound is pulled off by Basel Naouri’s sonic architecture, with layered vocals and synth cadences quilted by a shrewdly mixed bass and kick. Listeners familiar with the evocative power of Muhammad Abdullah’s lyrics will be happy to find it here again in full force. However you interpret the song’s meaning, “El Wuhoosh” is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever had their world plundered by monsters, and who, like the singer, has ever wished for restoration: “If there’s still some soul in you, / Hey soul, bounce back.”

El Morabba3’s video of “El Wuhoosh” reimagines these sonic and lyric tensions in stark black-and-white – recalling conventions of film noir and horror, fairy tales and graphic novels – while generating a vision of a disintegrated subject, as if to ask: “Are we our own monsters?” Shot on location in Brandenburg, Germany, and created in Berlin with an international team of visual and time-based media artists, the video is another emblem of El Morabba3’s new artistic orientation.

For more information about El Morabba3 in English and Arabic, access to tracks, and concert dates, please visit: https://elmorabba3.com or contact : Mohamed Aser: aser@altorient.com

Check out El Wuhoosh Music Video below or at https://youtu.be/U_dMhDsUMOQ



Lyrics

الكلمات

My memories have dried up
I’m always at a precipice
Ready for a fall —
The monsters
Have started their clawing,

But they are insatiable.
It flows between the lines,
It dances in plain sight,
But they haven’t seen anything,
Or solved a thing.
They’ve solved nothing.
But I’m coming back.
I refuse to wait.
I won’t let the vast illusion
Devour me.
But I’m coming back.
I refuse to wait.
I won’t let the vast illusion...
If there’s still some soul in you,
Hey soul, bounce back.
My anger is hoarse,
Anyone can hear it.
Throw me on the shores of love,
O wind, intensify.
O heart, split and swallow me.
And when the tornado comes,
May my heart join it.
Well, I’m here, plugged in, all rolled, waiting...
Throw me on the shores of love,
O wind, intensify.
O earth, split open and swallow us.
If there’s still some soul in you,
Hey soul, bounce back.
My anger is hoarse, my tongue
Stolen from me.
Drop me
From these bridges between homelands,
 wind, intensify...
O earth, split open, swallow us...

ذكرياتي جافة
انا دوما عالحافة
انا جاهز للسقوط
ابتدا نهش الوحوش
الي ما شبعوش و ما فهموش تدفقت بين السطور
ترقص على مرأى العيون
بس ما شافوش و ما حلوش
وانا راجع لا مش مستني
الوهم الواسع ما يلتهمني
.
ذا ضل فيكي روح يا روح ارتدي
.
غضبي مبحوح الصوت و السامع يدري
ارميني على شطوط الهوا يا ريح اشتدي
يا ارض انشقي وابلعيني
لما الاعصار يفوت قلبي معاه ودي
وانا شابك ، لافف و مستني
ارميني على شطوط الهوا يا ريح اشتدي
يا ارض انشقي و ابلعيني
اذا ضل فيكي يا روح ارتدي
غضبي مبحوح انا لساني انسرق مني
عن جسور اوطاني احذفيني
يا ربح اشتدي يا ارض انشقي
و ابلعيني


Translated by Muhammad Abduallah and Bill Martin

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Ramzi Salti Guests on Radio Mt Lebanon مقابلة مع رمزي سلطي في برنامج (صدى الاغتراب)

 يمكنكم الآن الاستماع إلى المقابلة التي أجراها معي برنامج (صدى الاغتراب) من إذاعة جبل لبنان بتاريخ 24 يناير 2023 عبر الرابط التالي

Dr. Ramzi Salti interviewed in Arabic by Vatché Akarakian for his amazing radio program on Radio Mt Lebanon where we spoke about my career as a University Lecturer, Podcaster and writer. Listen to the segment below or at this link.



Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Omar Offendum with Ronnie Malley at Stanford this Saturday January 28

Omar Offendum with Oud Virtuoso Ronnie Malley at Stanford
Coast to Coast: Reflections from Al Andalus to Los Angeles
Saturday January 28, 2023 at The Studio (Stanford) 7 pm and 9 pm
Info and tickets at this link


Listen to interview at https://on.soundcloud.com/S7diq

NEW!!!  Listen to Dr. Ramzi Salti's Interview with Omar Offendum below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/omaroffendum2023



Syrian American rapper and poet Omar Offendum and Palestinian American multi-instrumentalist maestro Ronnie Malley weave stories of the past, present, and future as they trace the influence of Al-Andalus and Arabic-speaking peoples on music and culture, from New York City's Little Syria to the birth of California Surf Rock.

Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/spoken word artist. Known for his unique blend of hip-hop and Arabic poetry, he’s been featured on prominent world news outlets (Aljazeera, BBC, PBS, LA Times), lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions (Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Northwestern, UT-Austin, UCLA, SOAS, American University of Beirut), collaborated with major museums and cultural organizations (LACMA / Penn Museum / Ithra / Shangri-La / Arab-American National Museum), and helped raise millions of dollars for various humanitarian relief groups (Islamic Relief, Karam Foundation, Syrian-American Medical Society). Offendum was recently named a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, an Arab America Foundation "40 Under 40" award recipient, and a member of both the Pillars Fund cohort for Muslim Narrative Change and the RaceForward Butterfly Lab cohort for Immigrant Narrative Strategy. He currently resides in the great state of New York with his wife and two little children, while daydreaming about the jasmine tree-lined streets of Damascus.

Ronnie Malley is a multi-instrumentalist musician, theatrical performer, producer, and educator. He is executive director of Intercultural Music Production in Chicago and a teaching artist with Chicago Public Schools. Ronnie's theater credits include the Broadway musical tour of the Tony Award Winning The Band's Visit and Disney's The Jungle Book. He also performs with the music groups Allos Musica, Apollo’s Fire, Surabhi Ensemble, and more.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Ramzi Salti Interviews Oualid Mouaness, Director of the Lebanese Film "1982"

Ramzi Salti (right) interviewing Oualid Mouaness in SF
Watch interview at https://youtu.be/Z7nEOT3i2ts

Video recording now available of Dr. Ramzi Salti conducting a Q&A session with Lebanese Director Oualid Moueness following the screening of his film 1982 on July 31 at the Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco. 

Watch below or at https://youtu.be/Z7nEOT3i2ts



The film stars Lebanese superstar Nadine Labaki (Capernaum, Caramel) and Mohamad Dalli (in his acting debut) alongside an extraordinary ensemble cast of professional and non-professional actors (In Arabic and some English, with English Subtitles). 

1982 is a life-affirming coming-of-age tale set at an idyllic school in Lebanon’s mountains on the eve of a looming invasion. It unfolds over a single day and follows an 11-year-old boy’s relentless quest to profess his love to a girl in his class. As the invasion encroaches on Beirut, it upends the day, threatening the entire country and its cohesion. Within the microcosm of the school, the film draws a harrowing portrait of a society torn between its desire for love and peace and the ideological schisms unraveling its seams. 

In his debut feature, writer/director Oualid Mouaness delivers an ode to innocence in which he revisits one of the most cataclysmic moments in Lebanon’s history through the lens of a child and his vibrant imagination. The film demonstrates the complexities of love and war, and the resilience of the human spirit. Watch the film trailer at at this link

The film screened at OPERA PLAZA CINEMA located at 601 Van Ness Avenue, near San Francisco's Civic Center, San Francisco, CA, 94102.


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Ramzi Salti Guests on New Podcast حوار مع رمزي سلطي في (غير شغل)

Click here to listen to the full episode انقر/ي هنا للاستماع الى الحلقة الكاملة


يستقبل العام 2023 بودكاست جديد تقدمه رنى سنداحة بعنوان (غير شغل) وكان أول ضيف في البرنامج الدكتور رمزي سلطي الذي يعمل أستاذاً محاضراً في جامعة ستانفورد العريقة، وبنفس الوقت مقدم البرنامج الإذاعي عربولوجي. خلال الحلقة تحدث رمزي عن شغفه بالموسيقى وكيف قادته للتعرف علي الجيل الجديد من الفنانات والفنانين الذين يقدمون الموسيقي المستقلة والبديلة والذي استضاف معظمهم في برنامجه الإذاعي. أيضا يروي عن تجربته في التدريس وعمله كمقدم برامج وكيف استطاع التوفيق بين العملين. وما هي الرسالة التي يحملها للجيل الجديد.

يمكنكم الاستماع الى الحلقة الكاملة أدناه أو عبر هذا الرابط

The premiere episode of Runa Sindaha's new Arabic Podcast Ghair Shughol featured an interview with Dr. Ramzi Salti, lecturer at Stanford University and Host of the Arabology podcast and YouTube Program. During the episode, Dr. Salti spoke about his passion for indie Arabic music and the way it has enhanced his teaching techniques. He also talked about the musicians he has hosted on his show through the years and the growing indie music scene in/from the Arab world. 

Listen to the episode below or by clicking here.


يسلط بودكاست "غير شغل" الضوء على تجارب إيجابية وملهمة من خلال حوارات مع شخصيات اختارت تغيير مسار أعمالها أو شخصيات تابعت شغفها بالإضافة لعملها أو قدمت إنجازا يفتخر به

للاستماع أو الاشتراك ببودكاست (غير شغل) ما عليكم الا زيارة هذا الموقع.

Gheir Shughol is an inspirational podcast, hosted by Runa Sindaha, hosting personalities who have managed to have dual careers--either simultaneously or by shifting from one industry to another. This podcast is produced by: MNBR Productions.  More info at this link.



 

Friday, December 9, 2022

Lecture by Ramzi Salti Ft May Nasr محاضرة رمزي سلطي برفقة مي نصر

قدّم الدكتور رمزي سلطي برفقة الفنانة مي نصر محاضرة جديدة في الاردن بعنوان (الموسيقى المستقلة من الهامش الى الشهرة) وذلك في معهد سجال في يوم الثلاثاء الموافق الثالث عشر 13 من كانون الأول 2022 من الساعة السادسة والنصف حتى الساعة الثامنة والنصف مساءً.


Many thanks to everyone who attended Dr. Ramzi Salti's talk about indie Arabic music on December 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Sijal Institute in Amman, Jordan. This lecture, which featured live performances by singer May Nasr, was titled "Indie Music from the Arab World: No Longer Alternative" and included dozens of samples from a new generation of Arab musicians who, as Dr. Salti stated, prove that “the archive of independent music from the Arab world has grown so vast that it can no longer be defined as alternative.”

You can now watch a complete video of the lecture here.


Click here to view PowerPoint Presentation or see below لمشاهدة كل لوحات هذا التقديم انقر هنا 


 Watch recording of this lecture below or by clicking here  يمكنكم مشاهدة المحاضرة بالكامل عبر هذا الرابط 


Event Chapters برنامج الحفل

كلمة ترحيب من مديرة سجال كاتي وايتنغ
رمزي سلطي يقدم مي نصر
مقدمة الدكتور رمزي سلطي عن الموسيقى العربية المستقلة
مي نصر تغني (بيتك يا نجوى)
الاغاني القديمة والتراثية
عبد الوهاب وهنا ملحس (يا مسافر)
فيروز وهبة المنصوري (اهواك)
عمر كمال (يا رايح صوب بلادي)
مي نصر تغني (يا رايح صوب بلادي)
الاغاني المصرية
فرقة جدل (التوبة)
عمر افندم (فنجان)
مي نصر تغني (مقتطفات مصرية)
الاغاني الشعرية
شعر قيس بن الملوح (المؤنسة)
سعاد ماسي (فيا ليلى)
شعر سعيد بن احمد البوسعيدي (يا من هواه)
عبد الرحمن محمد (يا من هواه)
شعر محمود درويش (هي لا تحبك)
تانيا صالح (هي لا تحبك)
شعر راشد حسين (الغائب)
ريم البنا (الغائب)
شعر جودت حيدر (قصيدة البحر)
مي نصر تغني (قصيدة البحر)

صور من المحاضرة  Photos from Event










You can now watch a complete video of the lecture below or by clicking here.





Thursday, December 1, 2022

Ramzi Salti's Talk about Mahraganat Music (in English) at Sijal Institute

 
Watch complete video at https://youtu.be/vaeJUCuzqGs
 
You can now watch a complete recording of a new musical lecture by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti titled "Mahraganat Music: The Arab World's Version of Hip Hop" which took place at Sijal Institute in Jordan on Thursday, November 24th from 12-2 PM. Watch below or at https://youtu.be/vaeJUCuzqGs



Playlist to accompany this lecture is at this link.

Description: 
Over the past 15 years, Egypt has witnessed--and banned--a new musical genre called Mahraganat. This lecture attempts to analyze that phenomenon by dissecting popular song lyrics (in Arabic and English) by musicians who established the genre. 

Chapters in this video:
Coming soon

About Dr. Ramzi Salti:
He was born in 1966 in Lebanon. French-educated in Beirut, he completed his high school education in Jordan. In 1983, he moved to the United States where he earned his B.A. in French and English and M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) at the University of California at Riverside. Dr. Salti has been a full-time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University since 1998. He authors his own Arabology blog at www.arabology.org and hosts a weekly radio program/podcast titled 'Arabology' which airs on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Podcasts are available at this link.

Watch above or at this link

Monday, November 14, 2022

Ramzi Salti: LAU Lecture about Jawdat Haydar (November 2022)

Watch video at https://youtu.be/kfQYPcwJnlk

Dr. Ramzi Salti's lecture titled “Combining East and West: Jawdat Haydar’s Unique School of Thought” was delivered on November 11, 2022 at the Lebanese American University (LAU).

By special invitation by the Department of Communication, Arts and Languages in collaboration with the Friends of Jawdat Haydar. This is an annual event held at LAU to celebrate the late poet Jawdat Haydar. 

Watch video below or at https://youtu.be/kfQYPcwJnlk



Video includes footage from post-lecture visit to the Memorial Room of Jawdat Haydar at Riyad Nassar Library. Date: Friday, November 11, 2022Time: 4:00 p.m. Place: Adnan Kassar School of Business, Lecture Hall 903, Beirut campus. 

Dr. Ramzi Salti has been a Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University since 1999. He has also taught a wide array of courses in several other universities in the USA and Jordan. His fields of interest include postcolonial theory, Pop Culture, and the use of technology to enhance language proficiency in the classroom. Dr. Salti has published a collection of short stories under the title: The Native Informant & Other Stories: Six Tales of Defiance from the Arab World and consistently publishes essays and articles in such journals as World Literature Today, The International Fiction Review, The Journal of Arabic Literature and Notes on Contemporary Literature. His doctoral dissertation, which surveys the (mis)representations of marginalized sexualities in Arabic literature, has been published in several scholarly journals. Dr. Salti is also the host of a popular radio show/podcast called "Arabology."

Watch video at https://youtu.be/kfQYPcwJnlk

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Ramzi Salti at KASLIK: Lecture on Jawdat Haydar (Nov 8, 2022)

Watch video at https://youtu.be/Q44-47WUxAE

Here is the video recording of Dr. Ramzi Salti's talk titled "Global Themes, Language, and Social Implications in the Works of Jawdat Haydar" which was delivered on Tuesday, November 8 at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Jounieh, Lebanon.

Lecture was followed by a presentation of a short movie about Jawdat Haydar.

Watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/Q44-47WUxAE



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Lebanese Dance Troupe Mayyas Wins "America's Got Talent" (17th Season)


Lebanese dance group Mayyas مياس  has just won TV's  “America’s Got Talent” 17th season--including its $1 million prize and a headlining show at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  In doing so, the all-female dance troupe brought much joy and pride to their native country which has been in turmoil for years.

In their breathtaking winning performance in the finale, Mayyas brought together traditional belly-dancing techniques from the Arab world combined with influences from India.  


During the climactic final number, the group formed a snow-covered cedar tree, Lebanon’s national symbol--a move that left audiences worldwide in awe.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati congratulated Mayyas on social media, while President Michel Aoun said that he will award the dancers Order of Merit medallions upon their return.

Mayyas first excited AGT fans with an amazing audition in June 2022. Judge Sofia Vergara was so impressed that she gave the group her Golden Buzzer and sent them straight to the live shows. She remained the Mayyas's strongest supporter among the judges this season.




Saturday, August 27, 2022

New Netflix Series "Mo" Defies Stereotypes, Entertains, Educates


You may already recognize Mo Amer for playing a sidekick on the Hulu hit series Ramy but you’re about to rediscover him as the star of his own Netflix series, Mo, which began streaming on Netflix (USA) on August 24, 2022.

Mo is a semi-autobiographical dramedy about a Palestinian refugee “laughing the pain away” as he tries to navigate life in Houston and the US immigration system.

Watch the trailer below or at https://youtu.be/dtohea4CFbE





Saturday, July 30, 2022

Ramzi Salti Moderates Discussion of Lebanese Film "1982" in San Francisco (July 31 at 4:30 pm)

Screening and Q&A on Sunday July 31 at 4:30 pm (Opera Cinema Plaza in SF)

The critically acclaimed Lebanese film "1982" played in the bay area on Sunday July 31 at the Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco.  

NOW AVAILABLE: A complete video recording of Dr. Ramzi Salti conducting a Q&A session with Lebanese Director Oualid Moueness following the screening of his film 1982 on July 31 at the Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco. 

Watch below or at https://youtu.be/Z7nEOT3i2ts

The film stars Lebanese superstar Nadine Labaki (Capernaum, Caramel) and Mohamad Dalli (in his acting debut) alongside an extraordinary ensemble cast of professional and non-professional actors (In Arabic and some English, with English Subtitles).

1982 is a life-affirming coming-of-age tale set at an idyllic school in Lebanon’s mountains on the eve of a looming invasion. It unfolds over a single day and follows an 11-year-old boy’s relentless quest to profess his love to a girl in his class. As the invasion encroaches on Beirut, it upends the day, threatening the entire country and its cohesion. Within the microcosm of the school, the film draws a harrowing portrait of a society torn between its desire for love and peace and the ideological schisms unraveling its seams. In his debut feature, writer/director Oualid Mouaness delivers an ode to innocence in which he revisits one of the most cataclysmic moments in Lebanon’s history through the lens of a child and his vibrant imagination. The film demonstrates the complexities of love and war, and the resilience of the human spirit. 

Watch the film trailer below or at https://youtu.be/ly1jyhqyj7w



Watch Ramzi Salti's talk with Director Oualid MOuaness at https://youtu.be/Z7nEOT3i2ts

The film screened at OPERA PLAZA CINEMA located at 601 Van Ness Avenue, near San Francisco's Civic Center, San Francisco, CA, 94102.


Thursday, July 7, 2022

Egyptian Oudist Ramy Adly Releases New Album

Ramy Adly's The Siege is now available on all platforms

Egyptian American musician and Master of the Oud Ramy Adly has just released a new album titled The Siege in which he is accompanied by an orchestra and the Oud in taking listeners on a musical journey that is fueled with feelings of pride but also despair.  the record is about those lives affected in wars throughout human history.

Ramy’s songs include the track Sahara, which takes us along the vast, warm desert, then to the waters of the shores in Alexandria, Egypt.  Listen to this track below or at this link.

 

Ramy Adly is an American/Egyptian artist, young master of the Oud, the versatile Guitar- like instrument that shaped Arab classical music. Grounded in the main Middle Eastern, ancient Egypt and the Arab classical styles thanks to rigorous training in his native Egypt, Adly has branched out repeatedly, incorporating jazz idioms and embracing conversations with other large musicians around the world.

​Adly has performed around the Middle East, Europe, and North America. He has composed music for theater and film, and gathered a large number of students around the world, via an innovative online curriculum he created, called School of Oud Online. His sensitive, robust playing has been heard from the Library at Alexandria to American cathedrals and schools. Now based in Washington, DC, Adly continues to expand the possibilities of his instrument. “I want to bring the oud to the same level as the guitar culturally, the instrument that’s everywhere and can do everything,” he exclaims.

​For Adly, the oud has always been like a member of the family. Nearly everyone in his family played the oud when he was growing up in Cairo, including uncles, siblings, and his beloved grandfather, who gave him his first introduction to the complex, evocative instrument. “I grew up listening to the oud,” he recalls.

Listening is one thing, and mastering the instrument another. Adly plunged into his study of this age-old instrument at the Arab Oud House, with Iraqi oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma. Adly found himself practicing for a dozen hours a day, and loving it. "It was a lot like the system Paganini established for his students," Adly explains. “You have to go through the fire to be trained as a performer and composer. I graduated as both composer and soloist.”

​Under Shamma’s direction, Adly played at major Cairo venues as part of small chamber groups and large orchestral ensembles. He performed at international oud conferences, book conventions, film festivals, and, notably, at the Library in Alexandria, where he became an Artist in Residence and gave numerous talks on the history of music (including one as part of a TEDx event at the Library).

For more info, see ramyadly.wixsite.com/

10th Anniversary of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program Features All Episodes on Soundcloud + YouTube (Click here)

All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's  Arabology  podcasts  are now available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes. Additionally, al...