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Arabology Podcast highlights Arab Women's Voices and Writings

The May 23, 2013 episode of Ramzi Salti's Arabology highlighted Arab Women's Voices in music, literature and culture.  Listen below or at this link .   See full playlist at end of this blog entry . May 23, 13 Arabology Podcast includes these amazing women and more This Podcast includes: 1. An exclusive interview with singer May Nasr and the US premiere of her new song 'Ouhibbouka" (lyrics by Syrian writer Ghada Al Samman) 2. Writer Arin Mango who reads excerpts from her article "What's Islam Got to Do with It?' which was just published in Avicenna - The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs (Vol 3 No. 1 Winter 2013) 3. A conversation with Nisrin Elamin (Doctoral student at Stanford) who broaches issues related to Sudanese culture while showcasing vibrant songs by Alsarah and Rasha. 4. An interview with Zoe Woolford, student of Arabic at Stanford, who discusses the challenges and benefits of learning Arabic. 5. Selected songs by some of the Arab

My Interview with Moroccan Sufi Musician Yassir Chadly (incl live performances on Oud and Gimbri)

Click on the link below to listen to my interview with Yassir Chadly (May 16, 2013) which includes 2 live in-studio performances by Yassir playing the Oud and the Gimbri. Give it a minute to load. Or, go to ABOUT YASSIR CHADLY: Born  in Casablanca, Morocco, Yassir Chadly has made the USA his home since 1977 and has been performing and recording Moroccan music here since that time. He is a gifted musician of many traditional Moroccan instruments including the oud, gimbri, karkabas, darbuka, fretless banjo, tarija and  bendeer and is one of the first Moroccan artists to introduce his native music to an American audience. His innovative style and distinctive  personality has led him to collaborate with many American Jazz artists including  Pharoah Sanders, Steve Coleman and Randy Weston. He has also recorded and performed wit

May 16 Arabology Podcast Ft Interviews with Eliyahu Sills and Yassir Chadly

Download Podcast at: The May 16, 2013 episode of 'Arabology' features a pre-recorded interview with musician Eliyahu Sills and a live interview with Yassir Chadly who performs live on the show while playing the Oud and the gimbri. Also includes interview with music manager Alex Hughes who promotes ' A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi & Trance Music with Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson & Bouchaib Abdelhadi ' on May 25 at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley. In addition to Gnawa, Sufi & Trance Music, this episode includes songs from the Arab Spring and tracks by Rami Essam, Autostrad, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Egyptian Project, Oumeima El Khalil, Jerusalem In My Heart, Jadal, Yaseen, La Tlateh, Hiba. Playlist at Download Podcast at: OR Listen In

Dum Tak Festival in Jordan: 15 Alternative Arabic Bands in 5 Nights

This year, The Dum Tak Alternative Arabic Music Festival, which takes place in Amman, Jordan, will feature 15 an eclectic mix of bands from around the region who will come together and perform in the first-of-its-kind concert in Amman for what promises to be an exciting week. Tuesday 28 May: Toot Ard (Palestine), Salalem (Egypt), Autostrad (Jordan) Wednesday 29 May: Za’ed Na’es (Jordan), El Morabba3 (Jordan), Massar Egbari (Egypt) Thursday 30 May: Fareeq El Atrash (Lebanon), DAM (Palestine), Cairokee & Zap Tharwat (Egypt) Friday 31 May: Maii Waleed & Zeid Hamdan (Egypt & Lebanon), Alaa Wardi & Hayajan (Jordan), Wust El Balad (Egypt) Saturday 1 June: Akher Zapheer (Jordan), JadaL (Jordan), Mashrou’ Leila (Lebanon) The festival will take place at the Bisharat Golf Clubin Amman, Jordan.  Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 8pm For more info see

Hip Hop Event Moderated by Ramzi Salti ft DAM, Omar Offendum (Video Segments)

The 'Tradition and Modernity: Globalization of Hip Hop Spotlight Omar Offendum and DAM' event took place at Stanford University on April 6, 2013 and was moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Arabic Lecturer at Stanford and radio talk show host of KZSU's "Arabology." See video segments from this event below. This event was recorded in its entirety (see video segments below) and included live interviews with artists Omar Offendum and members of DAM (Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmood Jrere), plus concert by both Offendum and DAM, ft. DJ Emancipacion. The event was organizer by Stanford student Farah Weheba and was co-sponsored by Murray House, CSRE, MSAN, Residential Education, Cardinal Nights, Riddell Fund, The Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, SSNW, SPE. Part 1 includes intro by Farah Weheba and Ramzi Salti's interview with DAM and Omar Offendum Part 2 features second part of Ramzi Salti's intervi

Dr. Ramzi Salti: Stanford Lecture on Arabic Music (including video excerpts)

Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University and Radio Host of 'Arabology' on KZSU 90.1 FM, began a weeklong series of talks titled "Ya'ani: Week of Music, Culture, and Languages of the Middle East" at Stanford on May 13, 2013 with a lecture titled '"Breaking with Tradition: An Examination of Alternative Arabic Music and Video Clips." The talk attempted to briefly showcase groundbreaking musicians and artists in Arabic music from the 1960's to the present, including (but not limited to) music that has fueled the Arab Spring. Here are some segments from the talk/dinner which took place at the Bechtel International Center on the Stanford University campus on May 13, 2013 from 6-7:30 pm. Highlights from Talk (watch below or at ). Here are some pics from the event:

TV Reports about Dr. Ramzi Salti's 'Arabology' Radio Show + Teaching at Stanford

Here are 3 TV Report from Alhurra about my 'Arabology' radio show + teaching Arabic at Stanford. With thanks to reporter Marwan Z.  and Louis K.    ثلاثة تقارير تلفزيونية عن الدكتور رمزي سلطي وبرنامجه الإذاعي عربولوجي 1.  TV Report in Arabic (aired June 12, 2013):  View below or click  here .  تقرير باللغة العربية 2. TV Report in English with Arabic subtitles (aired in 2014): View below or click here . تقرير باللغة الإنجليزية مع ترجمة بالعربية 3. TV Report in Arabic (aired in 2015): Watch below or click here . تقرير باللغة العربية Please subscribe to Dr. Ramzi Salti's YouTube Channel by clicking here . انقر هنا للاشتراك بقناة رمزي سلطي في اليوتيوب

Stanford Report Article on Ramzi Salti's 'Arabology' Radio Show

Piece written by Vladimir Troyansky and published in the Stanford Report, May 15, 2013. See full article at

Mon (5/13): Ramzi Salti, "Breaking with Tradition: Alternative Arabic Music" Talk/Dinner at Stanford

Dr. Ramzi Salti will be giving a talk/dinner titled "Breaking with Tradition: An Examination of Alternative Arabic Music and Video Clips" on May 13, 2013 from 6-7:30pm at the Bechtel International Center at Stanford University. This event is part of the 'Ya'ani: Week of Music, Culture, and Languages of the Middle East' which brings you classroom-style conversations with a variety of Stanford faculty over lunch and dinner (see full program below). Everyone is welcome to attend but Stanford students and affiliates should RSVP to

May 9 Arabology Podcast ft Alternative Arabic + Iranian Music/Interviews

May 9 'Arabology' Podcast available at * First part Features Arabic songs with commentary in English by Ramzi Salti. * Second part showcases Iranian group Eendo  (whose music is sampled throughout) incl interview with Ardalan Payvar + commentary by Stanford Lecturer Shervin Emami. To Download/Save Podcast: Playlist at

New CD by The Invisible Hands [El Ayadi El Khafeyya]

The Invisible Hands is the English translation of the band's original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El khafeyya الايادي الخفية. The group was founded by frontman, guitarist, and keyboardist Alvarius B. (aka Alan Bishop, formerly of the Sun City Girls), the only American member. The balance of the lineup — Cherif El Masri on guitars, bass, and keyboards and vocalist Aya Hemeda (both former members of popular Egyptian group Eskenderella), drummer Magued Nagati, and Mohammed Medhad on violin and viola — all hail from Cairo, Egypt. The band recorded its self-titled debut album twice, once in English, once in Arabic. The set was released by Abduction in March of 2013. (Source: iTunes) This sound sample includes short excerpts from each of the Arabic songs on the Deluxe double CD: The CD is available for sale on iTunes

A Night of Music with Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson, Bouchaib Abdelhadi

A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi and Trance Music with Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson & Bouchaib Abdelhadi Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:00pm La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA Coming together for the first time, this group of internationally acclaimed musicians will entrance the audience with the sounds of North Africa on traditional instruments including Sintir, Ney, Guimbri, Oud, Darbukkah and Bendir. Members of this collaboration include the founder of The Qadim Ensemble, El Hameedeen, and Zuwwar Ennabi Gnawa Ensemble. They have received national recognition on NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s Living on Earth, and top sales on Billboard Music charts. This group of Bay Area treasures coming together will be a fantastic evening of music not to be missed!

May 13: 'Improvising the Hip-Hop Muslim International' at Stanford

Free Your Mind! IMPROVISING THE HIP-HOP MUSLIM INTERNATIONAL DATE/TIME: MAY 13, 4:15PM – 5:45PM LOCATION: CEMEX AUDITORIUM, ZAMBRANO HALL 641 KNIGHT WAY, STANFORD, CA 94305 Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist – born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. Sohail Daulatzai is an Associate Professor of both Film and Media Studies and African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.  In the 21st century, we all improvise identity and race. In this so-called “post-identity” era, improvisation is a metaphor for both how we construct our selves and the mode through which we create our selves. Throughout this 10-week course, we will explore how artists improvise identity through jazz music, modern dance, drag performance, contemporary art, race comedy, food, hip-hop theory, and freestyl FREE and Open to the Public For more info see

Egyptian Writer Sonallah Ibrahim Speaks at Stanford (May 6)

On Monday May 6, 2013, the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of History, Graduate Student Council, Arab Studies Table, Stanford Language Center, and Stanford Humanities Center presented an Arabic Conversation Session with Sonallah Ibrahim. The session was conducted in Arabic and open only to Stanford Students. Later that day, Mr. Ibrahim also gave a public talk in conversation with Professor Alexander Key (Stanford University) and Prof. Noha Radwan from University of California, Davis)at the Stanford Humanities Center--an event that was open to the public ( more information ) . Sonallah Ibrahim is “one of Egypt's most formally interesting and politically uncompromising writers ” and an Arab intellectual who has lived in Egypt throughout the reality of the last several decades. His most recently translated book, That Smell , “was a breathtakingly subversive answer to the problem of the omnipresence of the

Bassem Youssef Hosts 'Controversial' Lebanese Band Mashrou' Leila

Bassem Youssef  (3rd from left) with Mashrou' Leila band members Bassem Youssef, aka 'Egypt's Jon Stewart' recently sparked more controversy in Egypt after hosting Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila whose music has redefined alternative Arabic music and whose poignant video clips do not shy away from tackling various social and political issues that are so often ignored or dismissed in mainstream Arabic songs. Youssef, who has since been accused of insulting religion by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, hosted   مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila during the season finale of his TV show albernameg .  Mashrou' Leila is a seven-piece alternative rock band from Beirut which has won countless fans throughout the Middle East since forming in 2008. Its frank treatment of taboo subjects such as sexuality and religion has drawn criticism and applause due (among other things) to the fact that the band's lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay

May 2 Arabology Podcast Ft Interview with Egyptian Dancer/Instructor Hala of Halanda Studio

The May 2, 2013 Arabology Podcast ft an interview w/ Egyptian dancer/teacher Hala Fauzi of Halanda Studio  in San Jose + music of Arab world along with commentary, in English, by DJ Ramzi. Download Podcast at : OR To Listen Instantly: Playlist for Arabology Thursday, 2 May 2013  3pm - 5pm DJ: Ramzi S. 1. Elias Lammam/ Raqsat Farah/ Selsebil/ Elias Lammam **2. Interview with Hala Fauzi/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU 3. Dalida/ Helwa Ya Baladi/ Paroles D'Ailleurs/ Orlando **4. Interview with Hala Fauzi/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU 5. Hakim/ Kolo Yorkos/ Kolo Yorkos/ Alam El Phan **6. Interview with Hala Fauzi/ Part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU 7. Dalida/ Salma ya salama/ Dalida in Egypt/ Laser 8. Michel Sajrawy/ Ya Lel (excerpt)/ Arabop/ Dasam 9. Armada Bizerta/ Salam (Peace)/ Khat Thaleth (Third Rail)/ Stronghold Sound 10. La Tlateh + Hiba/ Boov (Boov)/ Khat T

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