Arabology Interviews Michael Malek Najjar, Director of "Scenes from 71* Years"

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Stanford Lecturer/Arabology Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Michael Malek Najjar, Director of Hannah Khalil's play "Scenes from 71* Years"--playing in San Francisco from April 5-May 5, 2018.  Interview was recorded by Skype on April 6, 2019.



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MICHAEL MALEK NAJJAR (Ph.D., UCLA; M.F.A., York University; B.A., University of New Mexico) is an associate professor of Theatre Arts with the University of Oregon. He is the author of Arab American Drama, Film and Performance, 1908 to the Present: A Critical Study and the editor of Four Arab American Plays: Works by Leila Buck, Jamil Khoury, Yussef El Guindi, and Lameece Issaq & Jacob Kader (McFarland) and The Selected Works of Yussef El Guindi (Bloomsbury). He founded Riverside Repertory Theatre (now Tricklock Company) in Albuquerque, NM and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, The Rawi Screenwriters Lab (Jordan), and British/American Drama Academy. He directed the world premiere of Precious Stones by Jamil Khoury, and has also directed many other Middle Eastern American plays including Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad, 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, Ecstasy: A Water Fable by Denmo Ibrahim, and When Farah Cries with Golden Thread Productions. He is currently serving on the editorial board of Arab Stages. He co-curated, and was lead director for, Semitic Commonwealth: A Staged Reading Series Comprised of Six Plays by Arab and Jewish Playwrights Exploring the Human Toll of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at Silk Road Rising, and he is currently co-editing a volume of the plays from that series for McFarland. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and has been recognized for meritorious achievement for directing by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

الدكتور رمزي سلطي يتحدث عن برنامجه الاذاعي الامريكي عربولوجي باللغة العربية Dr. Ramzi Salti Talks about His Arabology Program in Arabic

https://youtu.be/vpSCXqavnrE

يمكنكم الآن مشاهدة هذا الحوار بين الدكتور رمزي سلطي ورامه شققي حول برنامجه عربولوجي الذي يُبث عبر اذاعة جامعة ستانفورد في الولايات المتحدة الامريكية وذلك عبر الرابط التالي.

رامه شققي هي رائدة أعمال سورية، أسست العديد من المشاريع لدعم الشباب في الشرق الأوسط للحصول على تعليم ومستقبل أفضل
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Dr. Ramzi Salti speaks about his Arabology radio show/podcast (in Arabic) as part of the “Digital Media Entrepreneurship Program” run by the VIP.fund in collaboration with Syria Revival Initiative. By special invitation from Rama Chakaki, Founder & Executive Director of the VIP.fund https://vip.fund


Audio only also available below or at at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/vipfund

Video Highlights from Actor Kamel El Basha's Stanford Visit (February 2019)

Watch video at https://youtu.be/nPpCki2ciVA

I just made this video featuring highlights from actor Kamel El Basha's visit to Stanford last month where he spoke about his career + starring role in the Oscar nominated Lebanese film The Insult - قضية رقم ٢٣.  Video includes guest appearances by Zeid Hamdan, Zalfa Rustom and Dr. Touria Boumehdi.

You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/nPpCki2ciVA



Kamel El Basha or Kamel el-Bacha (in Arabic كامل الباشا) (born in Jerusalem on 14 March 1962) is a Palestinian theater actor and director and film actor who won the 2017 Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for his role as Yasser Abdallah Salameh in The Insult (also known in Arabic: قضية رقم ٢٣‎, translit. Qadiyya raqm 23, lit. 'Case No. 23') by Lebanese film director Ziad Doueiri.

Kamel El Basha wins Best Actor at Venice Film Festival (2017)

You can also listen to Dr. Ramzi Salti's full radio interview with Kamel El Basha below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/kamelelbasha


PHOTOS FROM KAMEL EL BASHA'S STANFORD VISIT (FEB 2019):











Watch video below or at  at https://youtu.be/nPpCki2ciVA



Video Highlights: Zeid Hamdan at Stanford University (Feb 2019)

Watch full video at https://youtu.be/lQ6IyxZnH2M

This video includes 48 minutes of highlights from Lebanese musician Zeid Hamdan's visit to Stanford University on Feb 19, 2019 where he gave two lectures--one in English, one in Arabic--performed live, and visited KZSU 90.1 FM where he was interviewed by Dr. Ramzi Salti for his Arabology radio show. All video clips/music in this visit are for Educational Purposes only.

You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/lQ6IyxZnH2M



You can also listen to Dr. Ramzi Salti's radio interview with Zeid Hamdan,below or at this link: https://soundcloud.com/arabology/zeidhamdan



PHOTOS FROM ZEID HAMDAN'S STANFORD VISIT:










Watch full video below or at https://youtu.be/lQ6IyxZnH2M





Stanford Middle East Ensemble Concert at SMF Ft Intro by Ramzi Salti

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You can now watch the complete concert by the Stanford Middle East Ensemble at the Stanford MENA Forum 2019 below or at https://youtu.be/1e33HjInu5Q


This concert was part of the Stanford MENA Forum's Cultural Segment which was hosted by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti on March 9, 2019.



The performance included this Set list:

Alf Laylah Wa Laylah muqqadima 
Nassam Alayna 
Semai Shadd Araban 
Lissa Fakir 
Hicaz Mandira 
Ya Rayeh 
Shiddu Il Himmeh 
3ajam medley: Zuruni / Til3it Ya Mahla Nourha / Tal'aa Min Beit Abouha

DJ Sotusura Releases New Album Ft Addictive Remixes and Beats



The latest album by Cairo-based DJ Sotusura has just been released, and it contains some amazing tracks and remixes that will keep you bopping for days.  The album features a mixture of old school hiphop beats mixed with old Arabic samples taken from records that he has collected over the past 6 years.

Titled Saleh Alalhan, this instrumental album includes 16 tracks that were fully produced by DJ Sotusura.  It was released on March 9th 2019 on all platforms and is set to be released on vinyl in June 2019. 

DJ Sotusura has been collecting vinyl records since 2001 and has long focused on finding rare, previously released recordings/gems from the Middle East.

You can sample/purchase the album below or at https://soturecords.bandcamp.com



Ramzi Salti's Talk about Tania Saleh at Stanford MENA Forum (Video)

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You can now watch video highlights from Dr. Ramzi Salti's audio-visual talk about Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist Tania Saleh​--recorded at the Stanford MENA Forum​ on March 9, 2019.

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



This lecture included short video clips + music excerpts from Tania Saleh's impressive oeuvre (used for educational purposes only).

For more info about Tania Saleh see http://taniasaleh.com

For more info about the Stanford MENA Forum see https://www.stanfordmenaforum.com/

RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH TANIA SALEH:

You can also listen to Dr. Ramzi Salti's 2018 radio interview with Tania Saleh about her new Intersection alum/project below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/taniasaleh2018



You can also listen to Dr. Salti's 2014 interview with Tania Saleh showcasing her "A Few Images" album below or at:  https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-82-tania-saleh-spotlight-interview-2014



You can also listen to Dr. Salti's 2011 interview with Tania Saleh in two parts below or at Part One and Part Two:





Dr. Ramzi Salti is a Lecturer at Stanford + Host of the popular radio program "Arabology" which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford). 

Interview with Zeid Hamdan at Stanford ft Rare Songs + Live Session

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/zeidhamdan

You can now listen to my interview with Zeid Hamdan--which was recorded/aired on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) on Feb 20, 2019--below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/zeidhamdan



ABOUT THE INTERVIEW:
Stanford Lecturer + Arabology Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Lebanese songwriter/singer Zeid Hamdan, the music producer behind some of the most successful bands on the Lebanese and regional alternative scene. Interview also includes questions by Zalfa Rostom and Stanford student Jin Yun.

Zeid Hamdan at KZSU (Stanford University)

Stanford student Jin, Zeid Hamdan, Zalfa Rostom

Zeid Hamdan (left) with DJ Ramzi at KZSU Stanford

This interview focuses on Zeid Hamdan's musical journey and features rare song excerpts + a live session at the end in which Zeid Hamdan sings 3 acoustic songs live at KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University). 


Throughout this interview, Zeid Hamdan reminisces about his experiences with such artists and groups as Yasmine Hamdan + SoapKills (Arabic trip hop), The New Government (pop rock), Hiba Mansouri (Arabic trip hop), Kanjha Kora (Guineean Pop), Kazamada (Arabic electro pop) ft Tamer Abu Ghazaleh + Mahmoud Radaideh (Jadal) + Donia Massoud, Maryam Saleh (Arabic electro pop), Dany Baladi (Arabic electro pop), Maii Waleed, Marc Codsi, Zeid and the Wings (New Arabic pop), Marie Abou Khaled aka #Melmo, and Khaled Mouzannar (Capernaum soundtrack).

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/zeidhamdan
Zeid also discusses his arrest in July 2011 over a song deemed insulting to the Lebanese President where officials reportedly took exception to the lyrics: 'General go home'.

Zeid also discusses his collaboration with Khaled Mouzanar and Nadine Labaki on the soundtrack of the Oscar nominated Lebanese film #Capernaum.

Here are the songs/artists whose excerpts were featured during the show:

1. Balshti bosni (Abdel Wahab) by Soapkills
2. While u are rehearsing by Soapkills
3. Cheftak  by Soapkills
4. Yahoo by Soapkills
5. The New Government by The New Government
6. Ahwak (Zaki Nassif) by Hiba Mansouri
7. Andoude by Kandia Kora
8. General Suleiman by Zeid and the Wings
9. Hawel Ya Ghanam by Kazamada
10. Ayoub by Kazamada
11. Watan el Akk by Maryam Saleh + Zeid Hamdan
12. Nixon Baba (tribal mix) Maryam Saleh + Zeid Hamdan
13. Eslahat ,Maryam Saleh
14. Moga , by Maii Waleed + Zeid Hamdan
15. Ya Jarata (Nazem el Ghazali) by Dany Baladi
16. Allallah (Wadih el Safi) by Dany Baladi
17. Halawella (Ahmed Fouad Negm) by Maryam Saleh
18. Kermelak  by Marie Abou Khaled aka Melmo
19. Asfeh , Zeid and the wings
20. Embarquement Melo from Soundtrack of Roundtrip (Meyar AL Roumi)

LIVE acoustic session by Zeid Hamdan (Guitar, voice) features 3 tracks :

21. Nahr el mot , Zeid Hamdan
22. Mekdas w Abel Zeid Hamdan Zeid
23. Hkini , Zeid Hamdan

For more info on Zeid Hamdan see www.zeidhamdan.com/