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Mike Massy Interviewed on March 21 'Arabology' Season Finale

The March 21 Winter Quarter Finale of 'Arabology' features a 4-part interview with Lebanese singer/musician Mike Massy (who is performing at the Merkin Concert Hall in NY on April 25) including his bio and songs.The second part showcases alternative Arabic music from the region. To Download: To Listen Instantly: Or right click on link above to Save Link As Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 21 March 2013 3- 5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label) 1. Mike Massy/Ya Zaman/Ya Zaman/Falak Productions **2. Mike Massy Interview Part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU 3. Mike Massy/ Khalasna Ba'a/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions **4. Mike Massy Interview Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU 5. Mike Massy/ Ghayyer Lawn 3yonak/ Ya Zaman/ Falak Productions **6. Mike Massy Interview Part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU 7. Mike Massy/ Tannoura Maxi/ Tannoura Maxi/ (Soundtrack)/ Mas

Writer of 'Arab Labor' TV Series Sayed Kashua + More on 3/14 Arabology Podcast

The March 14 episode of 'Arabology' features an interview with Israeli-born Palestinian writer/journalist Sayed Kashua (who writes the TV series 'Arab Labor' (Hebrew: עבודה ערבית‎, Avoda Aravit; Arabic: شغل عَرَب) and a conversation with Syrian activist Tareq Samman who discusses the state of the Syrian revolution today. In addition, show includes a shout-out by two Arabology fans (Reda and Severin) and an array of great alternative/revolutionary songs from the region. To Listen: arabology · Arabology 4.8 [Indie Palestinian Music + Interview w/ 'Arab Labor' Writer Sayed Kashua] Playlist for Arabology Thurs 14 March 2013 3-5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track /Album/Label) 1. Jerusalem In My Heart/ Koll Lil-Mli7ati Fi Al-Khimar Al-Aswadi/ Mo7it Al-Mo7it/ Constellation Records 2. Ramzi Aburedwan/ Rahil (Exile)/ Reflections Of Palestine/ Riverboat Records 3. Ahmad Al Khatib/ Exode II Canaan/ Sabil/ Ins

Gene Band Remakes Classic Song 'Ya Waladi'

On their 2008 self-titled CD, Syria's Gene Band remade an old classic made popular by Sheikh Emam about a tortured father speaking to his son.  Here is the band's version plus lyrics in Arabic and, finally, the original version by Sheikh Eman. Gene Band: Ya Waldi لا تبكي يا ولدي فأحزان الصغر  تمضي كالحلم مع الفجر  و قريبا تكبر يا ولدي  و تريد الدمع فلا يجري  يا ولدي يا ولدي  إن سهرت أمطار معنا  أو غطى البرد شوارعنا  فالدفء يعمّر أضلعنا  ولهيب الأرض بنا يسري  يا ولدي يا ولدي  فإذا بحت لك أغنية  أو أنّت قدم حافية  فشموس رفاقك أتية  و ستشرق بالغضب الفقر  يا ولدي يا ولدي  قد أرمى خلف الجدران  و تحن لحبي و حناني  فانظر في قلبك ستراني  لن يقوى القيد على الفكر  يا ولدي يا ولدي  سأضمك و الصدر جريح و  سأعشق القلب ذبيح  مهما عصفت ضدي الريح  لن أحني في يوم ظهري  فإذا ما الدهر بنا دار  و مضيت إلى حيث أوارى  أكمل من بعدي المشوار  لا تخلف ميعاد الفجر  يا ولدييا ولدي  لن يسقي دمع أشجارك  لن تب

My CD Review: Jerusalem In My Heart: Mo7it Al-Mo7it (2013)

JIMY:  Mo7it Al-Mo7it CD Cover --All Tracks are FCC CLEAN— Jerusalem In My Heart, or JIMH, is the musical alias of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, a Lebanese musician from Quebec where he has made a name for himself within the independent music scene of that city. Moumneh is known for mixing a love for music “with 16mm film projections and light-based (de)constructions of space.” His debut album Mo7it Al-Mo7 [Circumference of the Ocean] is set to be released on March 19 by Constellation Records and it marks the first official time that he has tried to translate his highly visual live show to a studio recording. **1. Koll Lil-Mali7ati Fi Al-Khimar Al-Aswadi [Tell the Woman in Black] : Old classic made popular in 1973 by Sabah Fakhri set to new style, chanting of well known verses in Arabic music. (2:55) 2. 3andalib Al-Furat [Nightingale of the Euphrates]: Ambient, bird sounds, calm instrumental with Oud sound prevalent. (9:47) 3. Yudaghdegh El-Ra3ey Walal-Ghanam [The Sheppard and th

Jerusalem In My Heart CD Launch on March 19, 2013

Image courstesy of Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) is a project of contemporary Arabic and electronic music interwoven with 16mm film projections and light-based (de)constructions of space, exploring a relationship between music, visuals, projections and audience. With performances thus far occurring once or twice a year, no two JIMH events have ever been the same: configurations have ranged from solo to 35 participants, with varying degrees of stage theatrics alongside a film & visual component, using multiple projections to construct a space in constant flux. JIMH's vocals and purposefully blown-out sonic sensibility have been the consistent thread, but neither its music nor visual propositions have ever repeated themselves – one of the reasons why JIMH has resisted for eight years any official documentation or definitive recording of the project.  JIMH was formed in 2005 by Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, a Lebanese national who has spent a large part of his

Tania Kassis Live at Forum de Beyrouth, Lebanon (April 12, 2013)

After her big success at l'OLYMPIA in Paris and a wonderful Christmas concert at the Lebanese Presidential Palace, TANIA KASSIS will present on Friday April 12 2013 a unique concert at the Forum de Beyrouth. On the eve of April 13 TANIA KASSIS' concert will be a mirror-image of the concert offered in Paris, at the Olympia Hall, on October 19, 2012.  She will be sharing the stage with Jhony Maalouf (who became popular in Europe through "The Voice" TV program on French TV) for some memorable duets. "Tania Kassis live at l'Olympia" new CD/DVD will be released after the concert. Tickets are now on sale at Virgin Megastore (Lebanon) and online: .  Hotline (in Lebanon): 76-862865

March 7 Arabology Podcast ft Alexander Key and Weyam Ghadbian

The March 7, 2013 episode of 'Arabology' features an interview with Alexander Key, Assistant Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at Stanford, who discusses Arabic poetry (in English) while eloquently reciting poems by Al-Mutanabi and Amal Donkol in Arabic. Show also includes interview with Weyam Ghadbian, the Cultural Program Director at the Arab Cultural and Community Center in San Francisco, who discusses the 6th Annual Bay Area Arab Women's Conference which is taking place on March 16, 2013. Plus music by Said Mrad, Aly Talibab, Kamel Badarneh, Rim Banna, Aswat, Ramy Essam, Elizabeth Ayoub and the Lebanese band Doors To Aspiration (DTA). To Download: To Instantly Listen: To Download: To Instantly Listen:

Lebanese Film: Ossit Sawani [Blind Intersections] in Lebanese Theaters Now

Ossit Sawani [Blind Intersections] is a Lebanese movie currently playing in theatres in Lebanon.  It is directed by Lara Saba and produced by Dream Box Production.   THE PLOT: Three protagonists, one city… Coming from different backgrounds, they pass each other but they never meet, though, the effect of one incident will drastically alter the lives of the three of them! Nour loses her parents in a car accident. All her life collapses… India has everything a woman can dream of except for a baby… Marwan is 12 year old, he lives with a violent and alcoholic mother. Three characters, caught at a moment when their lives fell over, in just a matter of seconds… knocked down by a chain of others' actions/reactions… Here is the film trailer: Directed By Lara Saba Screenplay By Nibal Arakji Produced By Dream Box Production For info:

Short Film: 'Beirut, My Heart' by Sabah Haider

Beirut, My Heart | بيروت قلبي is a gem of short film directed by Sabah Haider exploring, among other things, the effects of a breakup on a young woman in Beirut. Beautifully written and filmed, the film accomplishes a lot in its 9 minute duration.  The film stars Cynthia Kozah, with Carmen Lebbos and Makram Halabi. You can view the film for free (Arabic with English subtitles) at Beirut, My Heart presents a deeply personal narrative told eloquently and sincerely. Edited by the talented Bettina Waked, the film also features the work of numerous Lebanese artists, including poet Saseen Kawzally, calligrapher Ayman Jaber, an original music score by musician John-Paul Jalwan, and the extraordinary voice of a young man from the suburbs of Beirut. Art direction and wardrobe were created by Olga Habre. Beirut, My Heart was written, produced, and finished post-production entirely in Beirut, Lebanon. The fi

'Promises' Documentary Inspires Mutual Understanding

Promises presents a powerful portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children who live in and around Jerusalem. As filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg, who was raised in Israel, notes, "They live no more than 20 minutes from each other, but they are each growing up in very separate worlds."  The children include Mahmoud, Shlomo, Sanabel, Faraj, Moishe, and twins Yarko and Daniel. With the exception of the latter, all are religious (the twins are the grandchildren of a Holocaust survivor). Most have strong political beliefs and have seen their share of tragedy – Faraj’s friend was killed in front of him–but as the film makes clear, they’re also kids. They like to watch TV, hold burping contests, and compete in sports (Faraj is a runner, Yarko and Daniel play volleyball). Promises doesn’t attempt to explain them, but lets the kids speak for themselves. The results are funny, sad, and ultimately quite profound. If you believe in your heart that, despite every hurdle, peace is

Safa Samiezadé-Yazd Guests on Feb 28, 2013 'Arabology' Podcast

The Feb 28, 2013 'Arabology' podcast aired on Feb 28, 2013 and features an interview with Safa Samiezadé-Yazd who is the Arts, Culture, Music and Film Editor at and whose work focuses on contemporary art/performance and the Middle East. In this interview, she discusses issues ranging from Iranian American identity to her involvement in curating the first festival of Iranian theater ever to be presented in the USA. Download the podcast at   or  Listen Instantly at Playlist for Arabology Thurs 28 Feb 2013 3-5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label) 1. May Matar/ Metlak Mesh 3ayzin/ Rough Guide Arabic Revolution/ World Music Network 2. Donia Masoud/ Mesh Eb Aleky/ Mahatet Masr/ Donia Masoud **3. Interview with Safa Samiezade/ Part 1/Arabology/ KZSU 4. Ramzi Aburedwan/ Rahil/ Rough Guide Arabic Revolution/ World Music Netw