Showing posts with label Arabology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arabology. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Ramzi Salti Interviews Tania Saleh about Her Groundbreaking New Album

Watch at https://youtu.be/mx9ACfDuPrE

Dr. Ramzi Salti has just interviewed Lebanese singer/songwriter/artist Tania Saleh (by Zoom) about her groundbreaking new album "10 A.D." which was released in March 2021. The interview, now available on Arabology's YouTube Channel, includes these audio-visual/musical excerpts from the album*:

1. The Most Beautiful Love Story أحلى قصة غرام (Listen at 00:00)
2. You Are Going Astray انت رايح فين (Listen at 09:04)
3. The Fan المروحة (Listen at 16:46)
4. Anyone but You إلَا فيك (Listen at 19:43) 5. The Fortune Teller بصّارة برّاجة (Listen at 24:04) 6. Caveman مغارة (Listen at 30:09) 7. I Hate Everything بكره (Listen at 30:31) 8. We Are in a Fix حالتنا حالة (Listen at 33:21) * All tracks licensed to YouTube by The Orchard Music (on behalf of Kirkelig Kulturverksted)

You can watch the interview below or at https://youtu.be/mx9ACfDuPrE

Sample graphics from Tania Saleh's new album/YouTube lyric videos​
Album booklet available at: http://www.taniasaleh.com/booklets​
Design and illustration: Tania Saleh Font usage: https://tptq-arabic.com​​ Label: Kirkelig Kulturverksted - http://www.kkv.no​ Words and music: Tania Saleh Music Producers: Tania Saleh & Øyvind Kristiansen Executive Producers: Tania Saleh & Erik Hillestad Arranged by: Edouard Torikian & Øyvind Kristiansen Recording engineers/Egypt: Michael Beskales & Maher Mallakh Recording and mix engineer/Norway: Martin Abrahamsen Mastering: Björn Engelmann - Cutting Room, Sweden
Musicians: Tania Saleh: vocals and backing vocals Øyvind Kristiansen: piano and music programming Hazem Shahin: special guest on oud Hany Bedair: percussions Ahmed Kamary: kanoon Mohamed Al Ashry: double bass Moustafa Kerdany: drums Berit Cardas: violin1 Emilie Lidsheim: violin2 Einar Kyvik Bauge: viola Sverre Kyvik Bauge: cello Tania Saleh's album is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs More here: http://www.taniasaleh.com
Please subscribe to Dr. Ramzi Salti's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/RamziSalti

Monday, February 22, 2021

All 13 Seasons of Ramzi Salti's Arabology Radio Show Available on Souncloud (101 Episodes)

All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology podcasts are available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes.  Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets/podcasts

Currently in its tenth year, this radio program/podcast began airing on KZSU 90.1 FM in 2011 with the aim of highlighting various cultural productions from/about the Arab world, with a special focus on indie/alternative music.  The show is presented in English with commentary by its host, Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti.

With the beginning of the pandemic back in March 2020, the show has had to change formats and is now available as a series of audio-visual YouTube interviews with groundbreaking Arab musicians, poets, artists and more.  To stay up to date with the latest episodes, please subscribe to Arabology's YouTube Channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/RamziSalti

We are looking forward to resuming the audio posdcats as soon as the radio station reopens this year inshallah.  In the meantime, feel free to peruse/enjoy all previous Arabology podcasts by listening below or going to https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets/podcasts


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Friday, February 5, 2021

10th Anniversary of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology Program Features All Episodes on Soundcloud + YouTube


All 13 seasons of Dr. Ramzi Salti's Arabology podcasts are available on Soundcloud, for a total of 101 episodes.  Listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets/podcasts

Currently in its tenth year, this radio program/podcast began airing on KZSU 90.1 FM in 2011 with the aim of highlighting various cultural productions from/about the Arab world, with a special focus on indie/alternative music.  The show is presented in English with commentary by its host, Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti.

With the beginning of the pandemic back in March 2020, the show has had to change formats and is now available as a series of audio-visual YouTube interviews with groundbreaking Arab musicians, poets, artists and more.  To stay up to date with the latest episodes, please subscribe to Arabology's YouTube Channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/RamziSalti

We are looking forward to resuming the audio posdcats as soon as the radio station reopens this year inshallah.  In the meantime, feel free to peruse/enjoy all previous Arabology podcasts by listening below or going to https://soundcloud.com/arabology/sets/podcasts


Below is a YouTube playlist featuring all 12 of Arabology's audio-visual interviews which were conducted by Dr. Ramzi Salti in 2020-21.  Click on the icon in the top right of the video window for the entire playlist or go to this link.




Saturday, January 9, 2021

List of Arabology’s Top 30 Songs of 2020 (Includes Spotify + YouTube Playlists)

In lieu of my annual podcast in which I usually count down the Top 30 indie/alternative songs of the year, I am sharing this year a YouTube Playlist which includes Arabology's Top 30 songs of 2020.  Playlist starts with Number 1 and goes down to 30.

You can listen to the songs, in order, on Spotify below (scroll down after list) or watch all 30 music videos on YouTube.

Arabology’s Top 30 Songs of 2020
Best Indie/Alternative Arabic songs that came out of the Arab world in 2020

1.   Emsallam ft. Adan Wakeem - Aref Innak  مسلّم مع عدن واكيم - عارف إنك 
2.   E M E L - Holm (A Dream) آمال مثلوثي - حلم
3.   Bu Kolthoum - Mamnoun بو كلثوم - ممنون
4.   Elsayed Agamy ft. Yusor - Raka W Raka  السيد عجمي مع يسر - راقة و راقة 
5.   Omar Kamal - Ya Rayeh Sawb Bladi عمر كمال - يا رايح صوب بلادي
6.   47SOUL - Dabke System السبعة و أربعين - دبكة سيستم
7.   Faraj Suleiman - Questions on My Mind فرج سليمان - في أسئلة براسي
8.   Shabjdeed - NKD GLG (Prod. Al Nather) شب جديد - نكد چلچ
9.   Cairokee - Kan Lak Ma’aya كايروكي - كان لك معايا
10. The Synaptik X Maysa Daw - Jowa Beiti السينابتيك مع ميساء ضو - جوا بيتي 
11. Hamed Sinno - Mashaniq حامد سنو – مشانق
12. Aziz Maraka - Mafi Mennik عزيز مرقة – ما في منك
13. El Far3i - Dry Clean (P. Arab Keyz) الفرعي - دراي كلين * إنتاج عرب كيز
14. Lynn Adib & Zeid Hamdan - Ya Habibi Ta’ala - يا حبيبي تعالَ
15. Autostrad - Istana Shwai أوتوستراد - استنى شوي
16. Marwan Asad Ft. The Synaptik X Mohamed Mansour - Qamarhen قمرهن
17. Shabjdeed - MANTIKA (Prod. Al Nather) شب جديد - منطقة
18. Tania Saleh - Ya Reit (I Wish) تانيا صالح - يا ريت
19. The Synaptik (Ft.الفرعي- El Far3i) - Dari- السينابتيك - داري 
20. Ramy Essam – Ya Habayebna (Oh You Loved Ones) رامى عصام - يا حبايبنا
21. Souad Massi - Wakfa سعاد ماسي - واقفة 
22. Nour Khan - Hazeena نورخان - حزينة
23. Jamaet Khair Ft. Aziz - El Hob El Bekir جماعة خير مع عزيز - الحب البكر
24. Tamer Nafar - Ili Al-Haq (تامر نفار - إلي الحق (وين بصرفوها هاي؟
25. Kuwaisiana (Ft Plus Aziz) - Bara7a (براحة)
26. Naima Shalhoub - Four (Roumieh Prison Blues) (feat. Excentrik & Marcus Shelby)
27. Massar Egbari (ft Asmaa) - Raghm El Masafa رغم المسافة - مسار اجباري مع أسماء أبو اليزيد
28. Chantal Bitar - Bel Haijr El-Sehi شانتال بيطار - بالحجر الصحّي
29. E M E L + Various Artists - Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free) - Quarantine Session
30. Layth Sidiq – Grief Is a Journey (Instrumental) ليث صديق – الحزن رحلة 


You can watch all 30 music videos play in order below or by going to this YouTube Playlist link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeLWDZIrxtQZklI3a-yVeLURURwz_dJ9R


Or, listen on Spotify below or at: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0JNZRpmJuZ3ZIXjm5t3NDP 
Songs number 13,14,29,30 different on Spotify (same artist but original song unavailable on Spotify)

 

Looking forward to going back to creating new podcasts in 2021.  Happy New Year.

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 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




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 

Follow Emsallam:


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

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




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, January 13, 2020

Arabology Interviews Yusor Hamed (2019)


Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews singer/songwriter/producer Yusor Hamed about her artistic journey + musical career. Features live A cappella + piano performance by Yusor.

Listen to the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/yusor


Interview includes the following songs:
1. Lma Tkoni Hadi - لما تكوني حدي
2. Wa7di Bemshi - وحدي بمشي (produced during BalaFeesh Female Music Production with Zeid Hamdan & Khaled Nimry)
3. Yusor x The Synaptik Sholi Jarali - يسر و السينابتك شو الي جرالي
4. Khayfeh min bokra(ft. Majda Asad) خايفة من بكرا

Watch this special video of Yusor playing an impromptu segment from وحدي بمشي below or at https://youtu.be/apZxR95oxfA



Listen to the interview at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/yusor

Check out Yusor on Soundcloud: @yusor-n-hamed

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...