Saturday, November 26, 2011

Red Bull Music Academy in Beirut- Bass Camp

A documentary about the Redbull Music Academy held in Beirut during the spring. The RB Bass Camp brought an eclectic group of talented musicians and artists from all around the world together with established pioneers of the industry such as Jazzy B, Toufic Farroukh and Peter Zinovieff. 

Directed, shot and edited by:
Merass Sadek

Assistant Editor: 
Leah Magoye

Art Department:
Lamia Choucair
Fares Sokhn
Valentina Vera


Thank you:
Fouad Karam
Zeid Hamdan

My Next Radio Show Features Jordanian Artist Sadouf Salem

Tune in to my radio show Hi, Keefak, Ca Va? this Thursday December 1, 2011 for great new music from Lebanon and the region plus my exclusive interview with Jordanian artist/painter Sadouf Salem.  The interview was conducted this past summer at Sadouf's Gallery in Amman, Jordan where the pictures below were taken.

You can tune in to the live broadcast on Thurs Dec 1 via KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area) or via internet at this link:

DJ Ramzi interviewing Sadouf at her gallery in Amman, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Radio Show Today includes interview with Remi Kanazi

Today's episode of my radio show Hi, Keefak, Ca Va includes my exclusive interview with Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi, author of Poetic Injustice.

The interview was conducted in October 2011 after Mr. Kanazi's performance at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.

Here are some pictures from the event, followed by Remi Kanazi's contact info.

Remi Kanazi's book signing at Skyline College, Oct. 2011

Remi Kanazi performing at Skyline College Oct 2011

Poet Remi Kanazi's Website etc.

His email Email is
His Facebook Page is at

You can order Remi Kanazi's book at

The Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour "Hamdulillah" Official Music Video

Original post appears on the Fen Magazine Web Site at

Ridzdesign Presents
The Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour - "Hamdulillah" (Official Music Video)
Directed and Edited by Ridwan Adhami
Written by Yassin Alsalman and Shadia Mansour
Original Track produced by SandhiLL
Piano by Stefan Christoff
Additional production and arrangement by Doctor Dinar and The Narcicyst

To say 'Hamdulillah' is to be grateful for what one has.


Info below comes from The Narcicyst's YouTube Channel

Directed by Ridwan Adhami
Follow The Narcicyst
To buy 'The Narcicyst' LP, please go to


Bismillah, like the feeling when I miss Falah,
then wish to God in clouds to lift us all
wonder if Bibi can ever see me, and
if I back to Basrah will it ever receive me,
homies that have the time to talk,
Now I wish to stars that angel find Nawaf.
I stand awed at the strength of my sister 
Kiss her and thank God our mission is planned for us.
mamati inti hayati, 
moms the best one, hold her close to heart like my left lung
for the truth in a being as beaming the moon queen you blessed my future to be with
for the souls anguish, love, 
and the moment my brothers programmed these drums,
We put the truth to the test, proof that we're blessed students of this music at best.

Before I spit this bar, way Before Militants tried to split this law
for every living day that we spend in the rays of the Shams,
why we praise the condemned...
wish I could take it back and lift the harm, make a track erase the past that we miss and gone...
He Spoke So Right we listening wrong living raw, more than a livid song Give it all
So I don't rely on an image or Man made divisions for land slave prison fraud,
Excuse Me, If I use it loosely, forget to bow down and pray, how proud are they?
hope you hear the whispers lil nas which stance should i sway when betrayed by wiswases....
forever hope this lasts and we live classic....

means to will in God's name, without the ball and the chain a slave falling to claim,
will forever hold inner peace, Wicked streets cripple little being rippling through the middle east
may God bless the dead and gone, forever strong a better song, breaking bitter bonds
for this world, in this spot to this song with these words for hip-hop say
stay humble in rhymes in eyes that hate your hunger
its like a jungle sometimes it makes you wonder

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Blog Receives Worthy Mention from Kalimat Magazine

This blog 'Pop Culture in the Arab World' has received a worthy mention by the prestigious magazine/site Kalimat.  Check this link


DOSSIER: New Media
Blogs worth a browse - “Pop Culture in the Arab World” is a blog by Dr. Ramzi Salti, lecturer in Arabic Language and Literature at Stanford University. He highlights and showcases various cultural productions from the Arab world for Western audiences and also has a podcast, aptly named “Hi, Keefak, Ça Va?”.

KALIMAT MAGAZINE is committed to rejuvenating Arabic culture by providing an outlet for political, cultural and social expression within the Arab region and its Diaspora. At the same time, it is a visual communication tool that serves to change Western perception of Arabs. The purpose is to be an open outlet for expression and to increase participation within the cultural/creative scene, therefore, the content is created by Arab people, the writers are Arab, the editor is Arab, the people featured are Arab.

The name “Kalimat”, which means “words” is inspired from the MAGDA ROUMI SONG of the same name. The song is written by Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani.

Tania Kassis Salutes KZSU 90.1 FM and Stanford Students

A special greeting from Lebanon's best known Soprano Tania Kassis to her fans at Stanford University as well as KZSU 90.1 FM listeners.  Recorded in summer of 2011.

To listen to my interview with Tania Kassis, see my Nov 17, 2011 Podcast:

Click HERE to Listen to Part 1: 
Click HERE to Listen to Part 2:

My Interview with Tania Kassis

The Nov 17, 2011 Podcast of my radio show Hi, Keefak, Ça Va? includes my exclusive interview with Tania Kassis (La Soprano du Liban) plus amazing new songs from Lebanon and the region.  The interview was conducted in English during the summer of 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Ramzi Salti interviewing Tania Kassis in Beirut (Summer 2011)

To listen to the interview, DOWNLOAD the whole show at OR Listen directly to Part 1 at :  and Part 2 at :

My Nov. 17 Podcast includes Exclusive Interview with Tania Kassis (La Soprano du Liban)

My Nov 17, 2011 Podcast includes my exclusive interview with Tania Kassis (La Soprano du Liban) plus amazing new songs from Lebanon and the region.


Click HERE to Listen to Part 1: 

Click HERE to Listen to Part 2:

DJ Ramzi

Friday, November 11, 2011

My 11/10 Podcast ft Mazen Hajjar, Owner of Lebanese Brewery '961 Beer'

The Nov 10, 2011 Podcast of my weekly radio program Hi, Keefak, Ça Va? includes great new music from Lebanon and the region plus my exclusive interview with Mazen Hajjar, the proud owner of the Lebanese Brewery 961 Beer.

DOWNLOAD available for free at

OR Listen to 

Playlist for Hi, Keefak, Ça Va? Thursday, 10 November 2011 4pm - 6pm DJ: Ramzi S.

Artist/ Track/ Album/Label
1. Fayrouz/ El Bint El Chalabiya/ Eh, Fi Amal (Yes, There Is Hope)/ Fbe
2. Atlas, Natacha/ La Nuit Est Sur La Ville/ Mounqaliba: In A State Of Reversal/ Six Degrees Records
3. Saleh, Tania/ Slow Down/ Wehde/ Forward Music
4. Khcheich, Rima/ Falak (Orbit)/ Falak (Orbit)/ Jazz In Motion/ & Challenge Records International
5. Elissa/ Bastanak/ Bastanak /Rotana
6. Banna, Rim/ Ma Lik (What's With You?)/ Al-Rawa'i/ (Greatest Hits)/ Laser
7. Mazen Hajjar Interview/ Interview/ KZSU/ KZSU
8. Rouhana, Charbel & The Beirut Oriental Ensemble/ Omm Al-Maradeem/ Hand Made/ Forward Music
9. Najat Essaghira/ Ya Msafir Wahdak/ Ya Msafir/ EMI
10. Khaled & Noa/ Imagine/ Kenza/ RCA
11. Khaled/ Aicha/ Sahra/ Island Records (World)
12. Fairuz/ Habbaytak Bi assay/ Very Best of Fairuz/ EMI Arabia
13. Michel, Jean-Francois/ Coupable/ Jean-Francois Michel/ JFM
14. Mashrou' Leila/ Inni Mneeh/ El Hal Romancy/ Mashrou' Leila
15. Ancient Future/ End of the Beginning/ World without Walls/ Ancient-Future.Com Records
16. Amina/ Dis Moi Pourquoi/ Desert Roses & Arabian/ Mondo Melodia

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Nov. 3 Podcast Showcases Mashrou' Leila مشروع ليلى

The November 3 Podcast of my radio show 'Hi, Keefak, Ca Va?' showcases the music of the Lebanese group Mashrou' Leila including my exclusive interviews with band members Hamed Sinno (vocals) and Omaya Malaeb (keyboard).

Listen to Pt 1 
Listen to Pt 2


Playlist for Hi, Keefak, Ça va? Thursday, 3 November 2011 4pm - 6pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/ Track/ Album/Label
1. Mashrou' Leila/ Raksit Leila/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
2. Hamed Sinno (of Mashrou' Leila)/ Interview Part 1/ N/A/ KZSU
3. Mashrou' Leila/ Shim El Yasmine/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
4. Hamed Sinno (of Mashrou' Leila)/ Interview Part 2/ N/A/ KZSU
5. Mashrou' Leila/ El Hal Romancy/ El Hal Romancy/ Mashrou' Leila
6. Omaya Malaeb (of Mashrou' Leila)/ Interview/ N/A/ KZSU
7. Mashrou' Leila/ Fasateen/ Mashrou' Leila/ B-Root Productions
8. Khcheich, Rima/ Falak (Orbit)/ Falak (Orbit)/ Challenge Records International
9. Banna, Rim/ Ras Al-Jabal (The Mountain Top)/ Al-Rawa'i (Greatest Hits)/ Laser
10. Saleh, Tania Wehde (Unity)/ Wehde/ Forward Music
11. Elissa/ Kermalak / Bastanak/ Rotana
12. Fayrouz/ Eh, Fi Amal/ Eh, Fi Amal (Yes, There Is Hope)/ Fbe
13. Rouhana, Charbel & Beirut Oriental Ensemble/ Al-Bint Al-Shalabiya/ Hand Made/ Forward Music

Mashrou' Leila: El Hal Romancy (CD Review)

Mashrou' Leila's second CD: El Hal Romancy

Album Review
Reviewed by Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.
Reviewed 2011-11-03 

Mashrou’ Leila El Hal Romancy

--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN—

This is the second album by the ultra hip Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila (The Leila Project) and, like their first one, continues the group’s experimentation with alternative music set to Arabic lyrics. Released in the summer of 2011,each track on this EP combines strong vocal acrobatics by the lead vocalist (Hamed Sinno) accompanied by Haig Papazian (violin), Omaya Malaeb (keyboard) and various other instruments played by the rest of the band members (Ibrahim Bad, Carl Gerges, Andre Chedid, Firas Abou Fakher).

*1. “El Mouqadima” [The Intro] showcases Hamed Sinno’s strong vocals as he laments about his beloved. He cries out “habibiiiii” in a tormented yet seductive way, all is a semi-acapella fashion..
*2. “”Habibi” ([My Love] has the same lyrics and melody as the first track only it is with a fast tempo and strong electric guitar and violin sounds..
3. “Inni Mneeh” [I am OK] is the only ballad on this album. It talks about losing everything in one’s life and losing hope in changing the world.
4. “Imm El Jacket” [The Girl with the Jacket] is a song about a girl who dresses in a ‘manly’ way and who lives her life in a free way—defying ‘feminine’ stereotypes in Lebanon and beyond
5. “Wajih” [Face] sounds like Pink Floyd + the Doors with Arabic Lyrics. Loud, hard electric guitar sound, lyrics about living in a world of garbage and filth.
*6. “El Hal Romancy” [The Solution Is Roamntic] is the title track and the first released single from this album. It is instantly likeable and begins with a slow rhythmic tempo only to climactically build up to strong violin sounds and classical music set to band music.
*My picks: 1,2 & 6 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1.El Mouqadima4.Imm El Jacket
3.Inni Mneeh6.El Hal Romancy

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...