Sunday, November 22, 2015

Nov 20 'Arabology' Podcast ft Arabic Ballads, Instrumentals, Jazz and Sufi Music

Arabology 9.13 aired on November 20, 2015 and was hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti along with co-host Ahmed Hashem.  The episode featured indie Arabic Ballads, Instrumentals, Jazz and Sufi Music. Listen/Download the podcast below or at

Playlist for Arabology (Artist/Track/Album)
1. Hawa Dafi/Faragh (Space)/Our Story (Qissitna)
2. Abdulrahman Mohammed + Mohab Omer/Peace (Salam)/Single
3. Bachar Mar Khalife/ Ya Balad /Ya Balad
4. Tareq Yamani/ Lamma Bada Yatathanna/ Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Music
5. Zig Zag & Maestrix/ Ya Tayr/ Single
6. Mawlay Ensemble/ Firaq Mahtoum/Live
7. Asim Gorashi/ Al Qubba/ Single
8. Mahmoud Badrawy/ 7afi w 7or/Single
9. Youssra El Hawari/ El Soor/ Single
10. Janan/ El 3esh2 7ala/ Single
11. Yarub Smeirat/ Balad Al Mahboub/ Ya Salam
12. Sharaka Ensemble/ Never Again/ Never Again
13. Mohamed Najem/ Hal Asmar El-Loun/ Floor No. 4
14. Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra/ Bousa/ Blues For Tahrir
15. Gadour L'Artistou Feat. Bilal RJ/ La Reponse/ Single
16. NO Blues/ Imta / Oh Yeah Habibi
17. Ahmet Baglama/ Slave of Wishes/ Single
18. Hawa Dafi/ Undefined (Majhoul)/Our Story (Qissitna)
19. Tinariwen/ Sawt El-Wahuch (le Chant Des Fauves)/Ishumar

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Nov 5 'Arabology' Podcast Includes Indie Arabic Music + 2 Interviews

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Arabology 9.12 aired on November 5 and included many new indie/alternative Arabic tracks including the debut of Mashrou' Leila's new song and exciting tracks by other artists listed below.  The show also featured a live interview with musical genius Gurumiran (promoting his new 'Aberrance' CD) and a chat with 'Kalam Nawaem' Host Nadia Kamal.

You can listen to the podcast below or at

Playlist for Arabology (Artist/Track/Album)
1, Zeid Hamdan & Marc Codsi/Wein El Ahweh/Café Super Brasil
2. Sadat and Fifty/ 3ammi ya khal/ Generation Bass
3. DAM/ Who You Are (Meen Inta)/ Single
4. Khebez Dawle/ Bet'ammer/ Khebez Dawle
5. Ashara Gharbi/ Masry/Single
6. Kamel Badarneh/ The Aesthetics of Chaos/ Single Project
7. Interview with Nadia Ahmad, Host of 'Kalam Nawa3im'
8. Gurumiran / She Is/ Aberrance
9. Interview with Gurumiran (Miran Gurunian)
10. Gurumiran/ English Tea / Aberrance
11. Terez Sliman/ Will You Come Dream (Tiji Nihlam)/Almond Blossom
12. Saad Lamjarred/ Enta M3lm/ Enta M3lm
13. Mashrou' Leila/ Maghawir/ Ibn El Leil
14. Tanjaret Daghet/ Farmer's Dining Table/ 180 Degrees/Tanjaret Daghet
15. Dalton/ Alech/ Habibi Funk+Jakarta Records
16. Maurice Louca/ Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan(Salute the Parrot)/Nawa Recordings

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Belgian Stamp Stresses Inter-Faith Unity

Left to right: Rabbi Albert Guigui, Imam Khalid Benhaddou, Bishop Johan Bonny (Bpost/Lieve Blancquaert) 

Belgium is issuing a stamp that includes 3 different religious leaders together along with the slogan "“Everybody equal, everybody different.” The stamp is meant to promote unity and tolerance by featuring Rabbi Albert Guigui with Imam Khalid Benhaddou and the Bishop of Antwerp Johan Bonny touching hands as a gesture of inter-faith unity. The three were photographed Antwerp by Flemish photographer Lieve Blancquaert.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mashrou' Leila Rocks San Francisco

Mashrou' Leila performing in San Francisco
Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila's concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on October 27, 2015 was truly an event of electrifying proportions.  The band performed a slew of hits from their first 3 albums to a sold-out audience that included people of all ethnicities and backgrounds,   Though they do not play any tracks from their Ibn El Leil upcoming CD, the band did surprise their fans with an impromptu version of Britney Spears' "Toxic" sung in Arabic with lyrics that were as catchy as they were naughty.

One week before their SF performance, the band's lead singer Hamed Sinno spoke to Arabology about the band's US tour where he shared his thoughts on the band's iconic status both in the Arab world and abroad.  That interview can be heard at

Here are some pictures from the SF concert, including a backstage collage of the band with Dr. Ramzi Salti.

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...