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Review of Emel Mathlouthi's New Album 'Kelmti Horra' (2012)

Emel Mathlouthis's new album released in 2012 Emel Mathlouthi                                                           Kelmti Horra  2012        -- All Tracks are FCC CLEAN -- Emel Mathlouthi is a young Tunisian singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist whose songs often address freedom.  She sounds like a blend between Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz, and the Lebanese diva Fairuz. .  On this album, titled “Kelmti Horra” (My Word Is Free), she has recorded many songs in Arabic, French and English addressing themes of freedom that seem undeniably influenced by the Tunisian uprising.  The last 3 tracks on this CD are only available on this special issue. 1.  Houdou’on (Calm) Chant in Arabic followed by drum beats, dreamy vocals 5:31 **2.   “Ma Lkit” (Not Found) . Strong vocals crying out about life’s obstacles and the rarity of friends.  Starts slow then builds up to symphonic level with drums. 3:58 **3.  “Dhalem ” (Tyrant ) Starts out like a lullaby the

Global Fund for Women: Women’s Rights Amidst Arab Revolutions

On the anniversary of the uprisings in Tahrir Square, Global Fund for Women and the Arab Cultural and Community Center presented a special event to reflect on women’s rights amidst Arab revolutions. It took place on Thursday January 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The event included three leading Arab women for an evening discussion on advancements and setbacks faced by women’s movements in the region. Speakers included Global Fund grantee partners, Nadia Sraieb-Koepp from Tunisia and Nawla Darwiche from Egypt, and Zeina Zaatari, Global Fund’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director. This event was also co-sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance, Arab Resource Organizing Collective and Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change. It was free and open to the public. After the conversation, the Global Fund launched their newest book:  Telling Our Stories: Women’s Voices from the Middle East and North Africa , with excerpt readings of articles and essays by women

Podcasts from first TWO Episodes of 'Arabology' Available

The Podcasts from the first and second episodes of 'Arabology' are available for free listening and downloading. The show premiered on Thursday January 19, 2012 and the second episode aired on Thursday January 26, 2012.  It will air every Thursday from 4-6 PM live on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM and will stream live at PODCAST FROM EPISODE 1 (aired Jan 19) You can download by going to this link: To listen directly, simply  CLICK HERE PODCAST FROM EPISODE 2 (aired Jan 26) You can download by going to this link: To listen directly, simply  CLICK HERE NEW 'ARABOLOGY' FACEBOOK PAGE If you are on Facebook, please 'Like' my 'Arabology' Page at . DJ Ramzi

My New Radio Show 'Arabology' Premiered on Jan 19, 2012 on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM

After two successful seasons, My Hi, Keefak, Ca Va? Radio Show is done and, as of January 19, 2012, I will have a new weekly radio show titled Arabology and showcasing music from all over the Arab world. The show will air on the same day and time as my old program:  Thursdays from 4-6 PM (PST) on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM.  You can listen to the live broadcast every week by going to at that time. If you miss a live show, then you can also find my previous podcasts at Many thanks to Ahmad Q for the beautiful logos and artwork for the show's Facebook Page which can be found at If you are on Facebook, then please go to the Arabology Page then click on 'Like.' If you would like to write to me, then please email Ramzi Salti, Ph.D.                                           الدكتور رمزي سلطي Lecturer, Author &  Radio  DJ            كاتب،مذيع ومحاضر ف

The Middle East Project Presents Exhibit on Egyptian Revolution

Canadian TV Program Highlights 'Sex in Lebanon'

In collaboration with Canada's TV Channel 5, a TV series titled Le sexe autour du monde  [Sex around the World] has recently dedicated an entire episode to the taboo subject of sex in Lebanon.  In this program, several notable Lebanese figures were interviewed candidly about their differing Lebanese views of sex and sexuality. You can watch the episode at the link below but please note that it is in French with occasional dialogue in English during some of the interviews.  Click on the link below to watch. autour-du-monde-2/liban  

NPR Report on Music Scene in Iceland and LEBANON!

To listen to the report from the NPR Website (Dec 31, 2011) , go to this link then go to Minute 4:28:   m=1445266 85 You can also follow the transcript below (NPR All Rights Reserved) Now, to Beirut, where our local music critic Sam is on the scene. WAHAB: The first band I'm going to talk about is Adonis. These guys are a folk rock band who sing in Arabic. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DAW L BALADIYYI") WAHAB: They just released a video of their single called "Daw L Baladiyyi," which means streetlight. And the good thing about the video is they take black and white photos of pre-civil war Lebanon and go to those exact same locations right now and they hold up the photo, and it's a nice contrast of where we were and where we are. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DAW L BALADIYYI") WAHAB: So the next band I'm going to talk about is a group called Zei