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Arabology Interviews Souad Massi (in English, Arabic and French) I am proud to share my interview with Algerian French singer Souad Massi about her new CD "El-Mutakallimûn" and about her film debut in Najwa Najjar's "Eyes of a Thief" along with Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga خالد ابو النجا.  The interview was conducted in English, Arabic and French and recorded by phone whilst Souad Massi was in France (March 2016). You can listen to the interview below or at Read a review of Souad Massi's new CD "El Mutakallimun" at THIS LINK Read this recent article about Souad Massi at THIS LINK Listen to my radio interview with Souad Massi below or at THIS LINK .

My Favorite Sayings

Health is the greatest of life's gifts, but we take it for granted; it hangs on a thread as fine as a spider's web and the smallest thing can make it snap, leaving the strongest of us helpless in an instant. And in that instant, hope is our protector, and love, our panacea.--Jennifer Worth   “She does not love you. Your metaphors thrill her. You are her poet. But that's all there's to it.”― Mahmoud Darwish, Almond Blossoms and Beyond  If nothing changes, then nothing changes. When we no longer reach out to explore new ways of seeing, of being, of interacting with the world, then we lock ourselves within the cell we built with the key around our necks--Denmo Ibrahi  "ان يكرهك الناس لصراحتك خيرا من ان يحبوك لنفاقك " _ ابن خلدون  ويل لأمة تحسب المستبد بطلاً، وترى الفاتح المذل رحيماً ويل لأمة لا ترفع صوتها إلا إذا مشت في جنازة، ولا تفخر إلا بالخرائب، ولا تثور إلا وعنقها بالسيف والنطع. ويل لأمة سائسها ثعلب، وفيلسوفها مشعوذ، وفنها فن الترقيع والتقليد.

Arabology 10.1 Podcast Features Various Musical Genres Arabology kicked off its tenth season on March 23, 2016 with a special show that featured various genres in indie Arabic music from electronic, hip hop, and dub to jazz, ballads, remixes, and instrumentals. You can listen below or Arabology is a radio program that is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing music and other cultural productions from the Arab world. 'Arabology' airs on KZSU 90.1 FM and previous podcasts are available at  this link . Playlist for Arabology 23 March 2016 DJ: Ramzi S. Artist/Track/Album/Label 1. Soapkills (Rawi Mossa)/Galbi/Rawi Mossa Remix/Zeid Hamdan 2. Fairuz/ Akher Ayyam (Weela Remix/ Weela Rahbani/Weela 3. Zebda The Spy from Cairo/ Taksim Square/ Arabadub/ Wonderwheel Recordings 4. Apo and the Apostles/ Lina/ Under the Zeitun Tree/ Chimichanga Records 5. Janan/ La7za/ Single/ Janan 6. Zaid Bawab ft Jeena Had

Arab Film Festival Joins Arab Cinema Center at the Berlinale

The Arab Cinema Center (ACC) has revealed its list of partners and sponsors during Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) (11-21 February), the festival that witnessed the Center’s launch back in 2015. As part of a new strategy targeting more than 20 international festivals and film markets, the ACC opened the year with a strong participation at 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is operating as an international promotional platform for Arab cinema as it provides Arab filmmakers with a professional window to connect with filmmakers from all over the world through a number of events that it organizes and provides networking opportunities with representatives of companies and institutions specialized in co-production and international distribution, among others. The Center’s activities vary between Film Market main wings, introduction sessions for Arab and foreign filmmakers, welcome parties, meetings with international organization

Arabology Interviews El Morabba3 Arabology is proud to feature a new interview with the Jordanian post-rock indie group El Morabba3 (Muhammad Abdullah, Odai Shawagfeh, Dirar Shawagfeh) to coincide with the release of their second album "Taraf El Khayt" on April 2,2016. The interview was recorded on March 9, 2016; and aired on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco Bay Area). You can listen below or at Biography In 2008, songwriter/bassist/vocalist Muhammad Abdullah (a.k.a Abdullah) decided to form a group. As he looked for other band members, he met Dirar Shawagfeh, who has been described by recommenders as "a drummer that is just different". After 3 sessions, a roommate of a friend of Abdullah, guitarist/producer Hamza Arnaout from the band Autostrad recommended inviting Dirar's brother Odai Shawagfeh for a jam, which at the time was not of an interest because the yet-to-be formed band was not looking to