Sunday, December 27, 2020

New Year Video Message from Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program

Watch at https://youtu.be/628MU8iTqzE

A special video greeting to everyone who has ever supported my Arabology radio/YouTube program and many thanks to all the amazing Arab artists who have graciously agreed to be interviewed through the years. Here's to a better 2021!  Watch below or at https://youtu.be/628MU8iTqzE


اتمنى لجميع مشاهدي برنامج عربولوجي عاماً جديداً مليئاً بالصحة والعافية والنجاح والف شكر على محبتكم ومتابعتكم وتشجيعكم عبر السنوات. كما اود أن أشكر كل الفنانين من جميع انحاء الوطن العربي الذين شاركوني بمشوارهم الفني وأعمالهم العظيمة من خلال المقابلات التي أجريتها معهم الرجاء الاشتراك بالقناة ليصلكم كل ماهو جديد

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Fairuz's "Khidni Ya Habibi" Translated into English by Dr. Ramzi Salti

Here is my modest attempt to translate Fairuz's song "Khidni Ya Habibi خدني يا حبيبي  " [Take Me Away, My Love] from Arabic into English.  This song has always had a special place in my heart, as does the operetta/musical Petra in which it was initially performed, back in 1978.

I have uploaded a special video of the song, with optional English subtitles, to my YouTube Channel.  To view subtitles, start playing video then click on CC at bottom of video screen/window.  

For bilingual English/version, scroll down.

Watch below or at https://youtu.be/Hi4-DAq72s8

An Egyptian man arrived one night
Carrying with him the mysteries of the Pyramids 
And the sublime color of the Nile 
He appeared out of nowhere 
Just like joy itself 
And he gave us hope.

Take me away, my love 
To a house that has no doors 
Take me away my love 
To the moon that guides the forgotten 
Leave me in a deep slumber 
On a clear, bright day 
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones 
My love, my love, my love 

Take me away, leave me behind 
Joy is on its way 
Your love consumes me 
While you have no companion 
Take me away, leave me behind 
Joy is on its way 
Your love consumes me 
While you have no companion 
O King of all Swords 
You took away the summer 
 I imagine you everywhere 
 Lost in the fog 

Take me away, my love 
Take me away, my love 
Leave me in a deep slumber 
On a clear and bright day 
My love, my love, my love 

There was once a little princess 
Who grew up too quickly 
Jealousy surrounded her 
And she had no wings to fly away 
There was once a little Princess 
Who grew up too quickly 
Jealousy surrounded her 
She had no wings to fly away 
They made her live in Palaces 
Surrounded by vast oceans 
The Princess was too little 
And the oceans (doors) too vast

Take me away, my love 
To a house that has no doors 
Take me away, my love 
To the moon that guides those who are lost 
Leave me in a deep slumber 
On a clear, bright day 
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones 
My love, my love, my love 

English Translation by Dr. Ramzi Salti

Original Arabic Lyrics

An Egyptian man arrived one night
Carrying with him the mysteries of the Pyramids
And the sublime color of the Nile
He appeared out of nowhere and, like joy itself, 
He gave us hope.

Take me away, my love
To a house that has no doors
Take me away, my love
To the moon that guides the forgotten
Leave me in a deep slumber on a clear, bright day
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones
My love, my love, my love

Take me away, leave me behind
Joy is on its way
Your love consumes me
While you have no companion
O King of all Swords
You took away the summer
I imagine you everywhere
Lost in the fog

Take me away, my love
Take me away, my love
Leave me in a deep slumber
On a clear and bright day
My love, my love, my love

There was once a little princess
Who grew up too quickly
Jealousy surrounded her
And she had no wings to fly away
They made her live in Palaces
Surrounded by vast oceans
But the Princess was too little
And the oceans (doors) too vast

Take me away, my love
To a house that has no doors
Take me away, my love
To the moon that guides those who are lost
Leave me in a deep slumber
On a clear, bright day
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones
My love, my love, my love
ببيروس اللي إجا من الليل
حامل غموض الهرم ولون النيل
وصل ع غفلة متل الفرح
وأعطانا الأمل


خدني يا حبيبي ع بيت مالو بواب
خدني يا حبيبي ع قمر الغياب
انساني بالغفا بأيام الصفا
تترجع الليالي ويرجعوا الأحباب
يا حبيبي يا حبيبي يا حبيبي



خدني ولا تخدني الفرح ع الطريق
حبك بيحصدني وما عندك رفيق
يا أمير السيف وين أخدت الصيف
بشوفك وما بشوفك 
وضايع بالضباب



خدني يا حبيبي
خدني يا حبيبي
انساني بالغفا بأيام الصفا
يا حبيبي يا حبيبي يا حبيبي


في أميرة زغيرة انخطبت بكير
رميوا عليها الغيرة وما بتعرف تطير
سكنوها قصور خلف سبع بحور
وزغيرة الأميرة وكبيرة البواب
خدني يا حبيبي 



خدني يا حبيبي ع بيت مالو بواب
خدني يا حبيبي ع قمر الغياب
انساني بالغفا بأيام الصفا
تترجع الليالي ويرجعوا الأحباب
يا حبيبي يا حبيبي يا حبيبي

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Ramzi Salti Interviews +Aziz of Kuwaisiana (Arabology Online, December 2020)

Watch this interview at https://youtu.be/Dd-qunnCnC0

JUST RELEASED:  Stanford Lecturer + Arabology host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews multi-talented Kuwaiti musician +Aziz of Kuwaisiana, a groundbreaking band that fuses alternative Arab/Khaleeji rock with New Orleanian jazz, funk and more. This audio-visual interview was recorded in December 2020 and spotlights the band's amazing new music video ' Bara7a (براحة)' and upcoming EP Chapter 2.

Watch the interview below or at https://youtu.be/Dd-qunnCnC0


About Kuwaisiana:
While there is a spectrum of alternative Arabic music being made today across the Middle East, Kuwaisiana’s sound explores new territory for the Khaleeji dialect (the culture associated with the Arabian Peninsula), which is typically more closed off and protective of its symbols. ⚡ The result is a unique twist to what “Alternative Arab Rock” or a “New Orleans band” can sound like and a highly imaginative journey for listeners. 

Working in Arabic and English, Kuwaisiana is a full-bodied band producing a danceable, dynamic sound that draws on world music and indie rock. Led by Kuwaiti singer-songwriter +Aziz, the 6-piece blends funk, rock, ska with New Orleanian jazz, adding a unique twist to what Indie Arab Rock can sound like. Their followup is scheduled to be released on January 15, 2021.

Current Band Members of Kuwaisiana: +Aziz - vocals/guitar 🇰🇼 Matthieu - Drums 🇫🇷 Sam Levine - Bass 🇺🇲 Dehan Elçin - Trumpet 🇹🇷 Nick Ferreirae - Sax 🇺🇲 Patrick Driscoll - Hand percussion 🇺🇲

Lyrically, +Aziz explores the cultures he knows so well through his metaphor-rich lyrics, which sustain a tension between conversational and a more evocative, poetic perspective. Kuwaisiana is making progress at a time when so much of the world is in flux. Pre-order the EP at link below (to be released on January 15, 2021).

About Kuwaisian's upcoming album (pre-order here)
Born out of +Aziz’s desire to explore parallels between American and Khaleeji cultures, Chapter 2 is his band’s followup EP to Chapter 1, which was released through Universal Music MENA. This new 22-minute EP deepens the band’s exploration of the day-to-day experiences of Arab-American youth and the evolving viewpoints of Khaleejis living in the Arabian Peninsula. It will be self-released on Bandcamp on January 15, 2021 and then published to streaming platforms.

✔️ Official music video for Bara7a (براحة) by Kuwaisiana: https://youtu.be/qXhzKq7syhQ 
✔️ Pre-Order Chapter 2 on Bandcamp: https://kuwaisiana.bandcamp.com/album/chapter-2 
✔️ All Lyrics & Translations: http://www.kuwaisiana.com/lyrics 
To support/follow Kuwaisisana: 
✔️ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/plusaziz 
✔️ Website: https://kuwaisiana.com/ 
✔️ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/plusaziz 
✔️ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/kuwaisiana 
✔️ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kuwaisiana/ 
✔️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kuwaisiana 
✔️ Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3qmZuO0 
✔️ Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/plusaziz/kws-bara7a 

Watch Dr. Salti's interview interview with +Aziz below or at https://youtu.be/Dd-qunnCnC0




Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Ramzi Salti's Talk: Healing through Lebanese Music (EPIC Fellows, Stanford Global Studies, September 2020)

Watch full talk at https://youtu.be/LzAaUrZEq8k

This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was presented for the Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) Fellowship program (Stanford Global Studies) in September 2020. 

You can watch the complete talk below or at https://youtu.be/LzAaUrZEq8k



Lecture includes the following segments:
1. Intro by Denise Geraci, Ph.D. (0:00
2. Intro by Dr. Ramzi Salti (01:49
3. Fairuz (17:38-25:00
4. Talia Lahoud (25:01-27:59
5. Tania Kassis (28:49-31:18
6. Mike Massy (31:18-35:24
7. Yasmine Hamdan (35:24-40:03
8. Tania Saleh (40:03-41:52
9. Zeid Hamdan (41:52-45:06
10. Fareeq El Atrash (45:06-47:20
11. Mashrou Leila (47:20-52:27
Artwork by Tamer Al Ahmar

Description: For years, certain Lebanese indie/alternative musicians have attempted to broach themes of socio-economic injustice, corruption, and politics in their work--a prophetic fact that may have much to inform recent events in Lebanon where the capital has been rocked by one of the most violent tragedies in recent memory. By showcasing some of Beirut's most talented indie/alternative musicians, the aim of this talk is to remind us of the role that music can play in helping us to heal and rebuild. 

About Dr. Ramzi Salti: Born in 1966 in Lebanon, he completed his high school education in Jordan in 1983 before moving to the United States where, in 1997, he earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) from UC Riverside. Since 1999, he has been a full-time Lecturer at Stanford University where he also authors his own blog and hosts a radio program/podcast titled Arabology--which airs on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Podcasts are available at https://soundcloud.com/arabology

You can watch the complete talk below or at https://youtu.be/LzAaUrZEq8k







Thursday, November 19, 2020

Dr. Ramzi Salti Interviews El Far3i about His Upcoming Crowdcast Concert on Dec 12, 2020

Watch interview at https://youtu.be/cECHbrGFzBY

Just released on YouTube:  Stanford Lecturer + Arabology host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews rapper/songwriter Tareq Abu Kwaik AKA El Far3i  الفرعي about his upcoming Crowdcast (online) concert on December 12, 2020.

You can watch the full interview below or at https://youtu.be/cECHbrGFzBY


This audio visual interview was recorded on November 15, 2020 and includes footage from the official promo video "El Far3i Real-time 12/12/2020 (Official Promo) الفرعي مباشر"--produced by Arab Drumz, Directed by Raneem Hannoush, Filmed & Edited by Zoe Fayaud. Official promo video is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/BErE55JzzCc 

For tickets + more info about El Far3i's Crowdcast concert on December 12, 2020, please see https://www.crowdcast.io/e/elfar3i 

About the Crowdcast Concert on Dec 12, 2020: 
Arab Drumz Presents “El Far3i Real-time” High Quality Live Streaming Concert from the Specialized Audio-Visual Studio in London T.E.N Studios. Program includes full Acoustic Show Including Popular songs by El Far3i and Exclusive Performances of New Unreleased Songs from His Upcoming Acoustic Album (Nas Min Khashab) 2021 mixed with: 
1. Clips From the Making of "El Far3i Real-time" 
2. Premiere of NEW video clip for Rap/Mahrajan Song “El Far3i - Hayarafo Meen” in collaboration with Egyptian Producer Molotof 
3. Live Chat with the Winner from the Comments Question 
4. Q&A with The Attendees 

Watch official video clip "El Far3i Real-time 12/12/2020 (Official Promo)" below or at https://youtu.be/BErE55JzzCc


Watch Dr. Salti's Interview with El Far3i below or at https://youtu.be/cECHbrGFzBY



For more about El Far3i: 

Please subscribe to Dr. Ramzi Salti's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/RamziSalti



Sunday, November 15, 2020

Ramzi Salti Interviews Hamed Sinno of Mashrou' Leila about his new musical projects, and life after COVID

Watch this interview below or at https://youtu.be/-a2sOF_hhKw


Stanford Lecturer + Arabology host Dr. Ramzi Salti has interviewed Hamed Sinno, vocalist/lyricist of the groundbreaking Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila, who joined us by Zoom on October 9, 2020.

In this interview, Hamed talks about life during COVID, his recent project with Mika to help Beirut, his new song 'Mashaniq' following the explosions in Lebanon, his musical collaborations with Narcy as well as with Hercules & Love Affair, and life after a decade with Mashrou Leila. 

Press Play above to watch right here


List of short audio excerpts in this interview: 
01- Promiseland by Mika ft Mashrou Leila (08:30
02- Mashaniq by Hamed Sinno (09:37 and 14:16
03- Are You Still Certain by Hercules and Love Affair (Ft Mashrou Leila) (16:28
04- Spacetime by Narcy ft Mashrou Leila (19:23

This project was made possible through an artsCatalyst grant from Stanford University; artsCatalyst Grants foster interdisciplinary arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. These grants fund guest speaker honoraria and supplemental activity materials. 

Please subscribe to Dr. Ramzi Salti's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/RamziSalti

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Ramzi Salti Interviews Groundbreaking Arab Rapper Emsallam (October 2020)

Watch video at https://youtu.be/MJrZOBZXSgA
Watch video at this link

October 2020--Stanford Lecturer + Arabology host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviewed audio visual artist + rapper Emsallam who joined us by Zoom, live from Russia, in order to take us on a track-by-track journey of his new album Dyslexia (released at the end of Oct 2020).   See list of tracks below.

You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/MJrZOBZXSgA


Here is a list of featured audio excerpts from Emsallam's Dyslexia album © Keife Records 2020 
Click on time following each track to go directly to that segment in interview.

01- Emsallam - Ferdy (15:40
02- Emsallam - PMWL (17:40
03- Emsallam Ft Adan Wakeen - Aref Enak (24:09
04- Emsallam - Dasher 7osromna (28:36
05- Emsallam - Sea Weed (31:07
06- Emsallam Ft Tamer Naffar - Walla 5a6ar 3ala bali (35:18
07- Emsallam - La Malamah (36:57
08- Emsallam - Made in Mama (39:43
09- Emsallam - Ya 3alem el 7al (41:49
10- Emsallam - Ana Illy Kan Ma3aya (INTRO OUTRO) (44:49

FEATURED VIDEO TEASERS: 

1. Khawa (6:44) featuring Krist Zoubi and Produced by The Archiducer, Sampled from the Syrian Series "Ma Fi Amal" theme song, and one of Emsallam's album The Last Step released 03/09/16 Filmed by Zack Al Kharouf. Edited, Coloured, And Directed By Msallam Hdaib 

2. Dasher Hosromna Written and performed by Emsallam. Produced by Ayman Salhi AKA The Archiducer. Mixed and mastered by Ayman Salhi AKA The Archiducer © Keife Records 2020 https://www.facebook.com/keiferecords... 

3. Aref Innak by Emsallam featuring Adan Wakeem. Co-produced by Emsallam and Ayman Alsalhi AKA The Archiduce. Mixed and mastered by Ayman Alsalhi AKA The Archiducer. Music video directed, shot, edited by Tanya Marar. Title card by Naji Al abbadi Starring: Salma Malhas 

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Monday, November 2, 2020

Ramzi Salti Interviews Shahina Osseiran, Daughter of late Lebanese Poet Jawdat Haydar

Watch at https://youtu.be/0BZC5yrZkNI 


Dr. Ramzi Salti audio visual interview with Shahina Osseiran, daughter of late Lebanese Poet Jawdat Haydar (1905-2006), is now available online. Interview was recorded in October 2020 and features an in-depth discussion of Haydar's legacy, including poetry (in English and Arabic) as well a song by Lebanese singer Abeer Nemeh  عبير نعمة  that is based on one of Haydar's poems. See list of covered topics/poems below.

Watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/0BZC5yrZkNI


Here is a listing of the topics and poems that were discussed during this interview, including a song by Lebanese singer Abeer Nemeh that is based on one of Haydar's poems.  You can start at the beginning or click on time to the left of each listing below to go directly to that segment

04:37 Verses about Arab Politicians (Deserts of Despair) 
07:04 Excerpt from poem titled 'Beirut' 
09:31 Discussion about Stanford event commemorating Jawdat Haydar 
10:51 Discussion about Haydar's Arabic Poetry 
10:54 Elegy for Jawdat's son Bassam 
15:41 Song by Abeer Nehmeh titled 'Washwish' based on Haydar's Poem 'Wujudi La Wujud' 
19:26 Arabic verses from Bassam's elegy + translation 
23:15 Discussion about Kahlil Gibran ft poem. 
25:56 Various events and tributes to Jawdat Haydar 
35:47 Reading of Haydar's Poem "To a Friend" (recited by Ramzi Salti)

Watch this audio-visual interview at https://youtu.be/0BZC5yrZkNI
For more about Jawdat Haydar: http://jawdathaydar.org
Subscribe to Ramzi Salti's YouTube Channel at https://youtube.com/c/RamziSalti

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Video of Ramzi Salti's Talk about Lebanese Music (Sijal Institue, Aug 2020) Now Available

Video at https://youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM; artwork by Tamer Al Ahmar

The video recording of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Aug 13 talk about the way in which certain Lebanese songs/musicians can empower/heal us during these catastrophic times is now available online.  You can watch below or at youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM



To watch the video, please go to: https://youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM

Title: Tribute to Lebanese Music from Fairuz to Mashrou Leila

Description: For years, certain Lebanese indie/alternative musicians have attempted to broach themes of socio-economic injustice, corruption, and politics in their work--a prophetic fact that may have much to inform recent events in Lebanon where the capital has been rocked by one of the most violent tragedies in recent memory. By showcasing some of Beirut's most talented indie/alternative musicians, the aim of this talk is remind us of the role that music can play in helping us heal and rebuild the country.

Info: This audio-visual lecture by was recorded by Zoom on Thursday, August 13, 2020 and was presented in conjunction with Sijal Institute in Amman, Jordan. No images/names of attendees appear in this video except where a participant has granted permission. 

List of highlighted songs and Musicians (click on time below to move to that section):
  • 00:00 Introduction by Katy W. of Sijal Institute (Amman, Jordan) 
  • 02:19 Introduction by Ramzi Salti 
  • 13:33 Fairuz: Ya Hawa Beirut 
  • 15:42 Talia Lahoud: Li-Beirut 
  • 18:38 Yasmine Hamadan 
  • 21:52 Mashrou Leila 
  • 24:58 Tania Saleh 
  • 29:46 Zeid Hamdan 
  • 35:40 Mike Massy 
  • 38:23 Tania Kassis 
  • 41:31 Fareeq El Atrash 
  • 43:59 Naima Shalhoub 
  • 46:00 Discussion: Helping Lebanon (includes donation sites)
  • 54:24 Q and A Session
Artwork by Jordanian artist Tamer Al Ahmar: Click here for his Insta Page
Sijal Institute Website: Sijal Website

To watch the video , go to this link: https://youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM

Monday, July 27, 2020

Dr. Ramzi Salti Interviewed about His Teaching Career, Radio Show, and Arabic Music


Watch video at https://youtu.be/tjkA2K34rNs


Stanford Lecturer and Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti was recently interviewed by Sijal Intern Mohan Chen (M.A. in Arab Studies, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University) about his Arabic music class at Sijal Institute, his radio show, and his 20+ years of teaching at Stanford.

You can watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/tjkA2K34rNs




Friday, July 24, 2020

Video Recording: Ramzi Salti in Conversation with Director Fadi Haddad (July 2020)

Watch video at https://youtu.be/ZojLibSdLac

Here is the link to my July 22 conversation with Fadi Haddad, Director of the iconic Jordanian film "When Monaliza Smiled لما ضحكت موناليزا."  This screening + discussion were part of this year's SGS Summer Film Festival, brought to you by the Abbasi Program and Stanford Global Studies.

Watch the discussion below or at https://youtu.be/ZojLibSdLac


Details: Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti converses with Fadi Haddad, Director of the iconic film "When Monaliza Smiled" لما ضحكت موناليزا following an online screening of the film. Recorded by Zoom on July 22, 2020 at 08:30 PM in Pacific Time.   This film + discussion were part of the SGS Summer Film Festival; Sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Stanford Global Studies. 

Film Description: "When Monaliza Smiled" is a Jordanian romantic comedy from director Fadi Haddad that follows an office romance between Monaliza, a young Jordanian woman who doesn't see the point in smiling, and Hamdi, an Egyptian immigrant who offers Monaliza a new perspective on life.

Watch the discussion below or at https://youtu.be/ZojLibSdLac




Friday, July 10, 2020

Film Discussion + Free Screening of "When Monaliza Smiled" on July 22, 2020 (Stanford by Zoom)

Join us on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 8:30 pm (PST) for an online conversation between Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti and Jordanian Director Fadi Haddad--whose iconic film When Monaliza Smiled can be streamed for free from now thru the day of the event.  

This film screening + talk are part of the SGS Summer Film Festival; with thanks to the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies + Stanford Global Studies Division

Film Description:
When Monaliza Smiled is a Jordanian romantic comedy from director Fadi Haddad that follows an office romance between Monaliza, a young Jordanian woman who doesn't see the point in smiling, and Hamdi, an Egyptian immigrant who offers Monaliza a new perspective on life.

Film Trailer: https://youtu.be/G-L8mQI1xVg


To watch Dr. Ramzi's interview with Director Fadi Haddad, please see below or go to https://youtu.be/ZojLibSdLac



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Arabology Online: Interview with Jordanian Artist Tamer Al Ahmar (May 2020)

Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Jordanian artist Tamer Al Ahmar who joined us by Zoom, live from Amman (Jordan), on May 11, 2020.

Watch the video below or at this link: https://youtu.be/AdRdwnio0UQ





In this interview, Tamer opens up about his artistic journey, his iconic pieces that pay homage to such Arab singers as Fairuz, Um Kulthum, and Sabah; his solo exhibit in Amman, Jordan (2019); his artistic venture with Jordanian singer Haifa Kama; his recent experience at the Arab Conference at Harvard-(where he helped raise funds for refugees); and his gorgeous new postcard set/series which, in collaboration with Souq Al Hanaa, benefits needy families in Lebanon.

For more about Tamer Al Ahmar: 
3. To purchase Tamer's work: https://society6.com/tameralahmarart 
4. Contact the artist directly at tamer.alahmar@gmail.com 

To purchase Tamer's Eid/Holiday Postcard Set (where all proceeds go to support a family in need in Lebanon), check out Souq Al Hanaa at links below: 
2. Check out Souq Al Hanna on Instagram: https://instagram.com/souq.alhanaa 

To read Dr. Ramzi Salti's previously published articles about Tamer Al Ahmar, including past radio interviews, see below: 
1. "Jordanian Artist Tamer Al Ahmar Revives Cultural Icons in Unique Ways" available at https://www.arabology.org/2017/05/tam... 
2. "Tamer Al Ahmar's Art Exhibition in Jordan a Huge Success" available at https://www.arabology.org/2019/12/tam... 

To listen to Dr. Ramzi's Salti's previous radio interviews with Tamer Al Ahmar: 
1. "Interview with Tamer Al Ahmar aka the Arab Andy Warhol" available at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/tame... 
2. Radio Promo for Tamer Al Ahmar's Exhibition in Jordan (December 7-31, 2019): https://soundcloud.com/arabology/tame...

Monday, May 11, 2020

Artist Talk at Stanford: Jordanian American Artist Ridikkuluz Interviewed by Dr. Ramzi Salti

Video at https://youtu.be/WA5wTeaEaAs

Jordanian American artist Ridikkuluz recently wowed Stanford University by giving an impressive  audio visual talk (by Zoom) in which he focused on his Arabic iconography pieces--ranging from Fairuz and Umm Kulthum to the King and Queen of Jordan. The talk, which took place on April 27, 2020, was by special invitation from Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti and attracted a diverse, global audience including Stanford students, faculty, and artists in/from the Arab world who rallied together in support of the young artist whose groundbreaking work served as a way to connect communities by broaching issues related to Arab identity, Arab American art, gender, marginalization and postcoloniality.

The talk--which included a stunning PowerPoint presentation by the artist--was followed by a lively Q&A in English and/or Arabic.  Please note that the (edited) video from the talk below now includes English subtitles where needed and that NO STUDENTS APPEAR IN THIS VERSION.

For more on Ridikkuluz, see his website at ridikkuluz.com and/or follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

Watch the edited version of the talk below or at https://youtu.be/WA5wTeaEaAs


Although Ridikkuluz has amassed a diverse body of work through the years, this talked specifically focused on his "Arabic Iconography" oeuvre including his series on cultural icons and Western (mis)representations of the Other.  

Ridikkuluz with his piece titled "Stop Staring" ©Ridikkuluz

The King and Queen of Jordan ©Ridikkuluz

Ridikkuluz poses with his renowned piece featuring Arabic cultural icons
©Ridikkuluz 

ABOUT THE ARTIST (see https://ridikkuluz.com)

RIDIKKULUZ (ᴘʀᴏɴᴜɴᴄɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ : “ridiculous”/ʀɨˈᴅɪᴋəʟəᴢ/ ʀɪ-ᴅɪᴋ-ə-ʟəᴢ) b. 1994 is a New York-based, Jordanian fine artist working in painting, sculpture and video. His work encompasses identity, duality and intense emotion all while bridging the gap between Western and Arab culture. Using a surrealistic context infused with an urban influence, his provocative portraiture projects the vulnerability of the artist’s insecurities. Through his artistry, he inverts the systemic equation of counterfeit-confidence and privilege amounting to success with transparent diligence and the beauty of weakness. RIDIKKULUZ attempts to build a space of simplicity where the complex cultural symbolism of his objects and figures can have the same weight of paintings that appeals to the upper echelon of society.The Rowaq al Balqa foundation in Jordan gave him an artistic premise early on; he furthered his studies abroad in France, Spain and Italy. RIDIKKULUZ’s work has since been featured in the music videos of Lupe Fiasco and Kiing Sky. In 2018, He was interviewed by Amman Radio for his depiction of the Royal King and Queen in Jordan. Press features include The Journal News, Aziz Art Magazine, the Daily 49er, Hors Centre: French Embassy & Queens College Newsletter and most recently in Arts Westchester Magazine. RIDIKKULUZ has exhibited in Westchester, New York City and Jordan.

ARTISTS WHO ATTENDED RIDIKKULUZ'S STANFORD TALK
Watch video at https://youtu.be/WA5wTeaEaAs

This Stanford talk by Ridikkuluz attracted a diverse global audience, ranging from such distinguished Stanford faculty members as Thouraya Boumehdi to such Arab artists as Sadouf, digital artist Tamer Al Ahmar (see Tamer Al Ahmar Art), Fares Rizk, and even a shoutout by Jordanian icon Rania Kurdi of The Rania Show).

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Rania Kurdi Returns with New Season of "The Rania Show" by Zoom

Rania Kurdi's new show, titled Ma3ZOOM, available on her YouTube Channel

Rania Kurdi is back with a new season of The Rania Show called Ma3ZOOM which she is making available via her YouTube Channel. Starting on April 24, 2020--and for the entire month of Ramadan--she will be releasing a new episode every night at 8:30 pm (Amman time) where she will resurrect her iconic characters who are funnier than ever! Watch trailer below or at https://youtu.be/P27rJc70g6c



The premise behind this season's episodes is that each of her beloved 5 characters--Um Rami, Ola, Ghalia, Arwa, and Sasha--will be attempting to learn a new skill via Zoom by hiring real life experts from various fields--from sports to learning English.  

The playlist includes all the episodes that have aired thus far and is being consistently updated; click on the icon to the top right of the screen below to watch all episodes in succession.







مع زووم - برنامج جديد ل رانيا الكردي في شهر رمضان المبارك ٢٠٢٠
يوميا الساعة ٨:٣٠ مساءً بتوقيت عمّان
كل أسبوع رح يكون مع رانيا ضيفة/ضيف على تطبيق زوم. الضيوف رح يدربوا كل شخصية من شخصيات رانيا شو على مهارة معينة


Friday, March 13, 2020

Stanford Commemorates the Life and Works of Lebanese Poet Jawdat Haydar

Some of the event attendees - Photo by Tadashi Moriguchi

A memorable event commemorating the life and works of Lebanese poet Jawdat Haydar took place at Stanford University on February 27, 2020 and included remarks and speeches by Dr. Khalid Obeid, Rima Makdisi, Dr. Alexander Key, Dr. Rula Yazigy, Dr. Ramzi Salti and Mr. Ed Shiner. 

The video segment below features Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti reading some of the Jawdat Haydar's own words (in Arabic) and reciting 3 of Haydar's poems (in English): "To A Friend" and "Lebanon" and "Mahatma Gandhi" (taken from the book 101 Selected Poems by Jawdat Haydar, Vantage Press, New York, 2006). This excerpt includes main video footage by Tadashi Moriguchi and close up video footage by Thoraya B. Edited by Ramzi Salti.  Watch below or at https://youtu.be/_FJ4y2q3fgI


Below are some photos from the event which was filmed in its entirety and and will be available soon elsewhere. 


Mr Ed Shiner
Dr. Ramzi Salti
Dr. Rula Yazigy
Dr. Khalid Obeid

Dr. Alexander Key

Below are some of poet Jawdat Haydar's works which were recited and read during the event:





Ramzi Salti's Talk: Healing through Lebanese Music (EPIC Fellows, Stanford Global Studies, September 2020)

Watch full talk at https://youtu.be/LzAaUrZEq8k This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was pre...