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New El Morabba3 Song 'Biban' Explores Fragmented Identities

Biban (Doors) is the latest track by El Morabba3 

El Morabba3's Mohammad Abdallah (right) with Idreesi (left)

Renowned Jordanian/Palestinian indie band El Morabba3 has once again captivated long-time fans and new enthusiasts with a new single titled "Biban" (Doors).  Released in May 2023, the song follows the band's successful return in February, after a seven-year hiatus, with the track "El Wuhoosh" (Monsters) (reviewed here).

The words of the latest song (provided below) were collaboratively written by Mohammad Abdallah and the talented young Jordanian artist Idreesi, while Basel Naouri was responsible for the sound design and production. "Biban" draws inspiration from Bedouin language and the melodic patterns of traditional Khaliji music, capturing the elusive nature of personal growth, which proves challenging to capture and define.

Mohammad Abdallah and Idreesi ©oomerak

Enhancing Abdallah's poetic vocals influenced by Bedouin culture, Naouri's grooves, which blend polyrhythms and samples, cascade through the vast expanse of the listener's ear, reminiscent of the Rub' al Khali الربع الخالي. These rhythms gallop with a Trap beat, leaving traces of El Morabba3's familiar melodies in their ethereal aftermath. The cathartic finale, in particular, recalls the tribal beats on Taraf al-Khait, an older work by the band that gained much critical acclaim.

The May 26 release of the “Biban” single was accompanied by a mesmerizing visualizer, produced by renowned Lebanese creative entertainment studio Balkoon and starring acclaimed performer Paula Saba.  Watch the music video below or at this link.

Here are the Arabic lyrics to the song:

،تركني بارود، ربع خالي قلب حامي مشحون
،وحداني بعقر داري مسحوب
.دبرني بالمطلوب
.يا ويلي لادوخ و انا بحالي مية حالة و دكتور
شلون اداري اثنيني، شلون اداري شلون؟
منو الي يهذرب و منو الي مفتون؟
طنّت وذني عالي بالفلكلور
و قلبي للمعارك هش و فسفور
،لا كاني ماني، سمّي هاري
قلبي تاه، ظلَّلو، تظلَّله البيبان
كل ما البيبان يبان شقّها نفوت
واضرب بالمثال وان شد أشوط
بالناس ما اي لالالالا
قلبي تاه ظللوه تظلله البيبان
مافي صوت، طرشنا السكوت
ويا مرحبابا بالفلكلور
شارح الصدر و مهلّي باللي يهلَّ بالنور
و ان عقلي شارد قلبي شاهد حين يذق على بابك، منك لباب السموات
كل ما البيبان يبان شقَّها نفوت
واضرب بالمثال و ان شد أشوط
بالناس ما لي
.و لّا انا المضارب، و بداري الصوت فوق الي ضايل
.هاي نساني و راح، قطع لساني ان شفت نوم لاني سالب كلي شوق
ماريدك تروح على روحي
.و المنى يسواك، قلبه مو صادق
.قال لي صعب و ضليت طوق انا حولك نجم سهيل في قلبي

For more information about El Morabba3 (in English or Arabic), please contact Mohamed Aser:

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