Showing posts with label May Nasr. Show all posts
Showing posts with label May Nasr. Show all posts

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Arabology Interviews May Nasr + Lourdes Perez ft New Arabic-Spanish CD

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Interview recorded in May 2016.
Arabology interviews 2 remarkable singer-songwriters who are considered musical icons and voices for peace in different worlds, oceans apart: May Nasr, from Lebanon; Lourdes Perez, from Puerto Rico. This interview includes excerpts from their new Arabic-Spanish duet CD 'Written in Water.'

Download 10-track CD at
More about May Nasr:
More about Lourdes Perez:
More about 'Written in Water' CD: THIS LINK.

Song Excerpts are from 'Written in Water' CD by May Nasr + Lourdes Perez:
1. Caminare (I Will Walk)
2. Te Llamo/Ounadikum (2 different excerpts)
3. Escrito en Agua/Written in Water
4. Mediterraneo
3. Najwa's House/Baytik Ya Najwa
4. Rompe la Ola/Break the Wave
5. Sal y Azucar/Melh w Sukkar
6. The Road/Al Tariq

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Top 30 alternative/indie Arabic Songs of 2013 Featured on Dec 20 'Arabology' Podcast

This year-end episode of 'Arabology' (aired Dec 20) showcases and discusses the Top 30 alternative/indie Arabic songs of 2013 along with exclusive shout-outs by some of the artists whose music is featured, including Tania Kassis, Tania Saleh, Hamed Sinno [Mashrou' Leila], Yassir Chadly, Yasmine Hamdan, May Nasr, Eliyahu Sills, Rania Kurdi, DAM, Mike Massy, and Omar Offendum.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking on the arrow below or at

Top 30 Songs 2013 for Arabology 20 Dec 2013 DJ: Ramzi S.

1.  Massar Egbari/ Iqra2 El Khabar/ Iqra2 El Khabar/ Massar Egbari
2.  Akher Zephir/ Akherto Lahn Hazin/ Counter Culture/ Eka3
3.  Mashrou' Leila/ Abdo/ Raasuk/ Mashrou' Leila Preceded by message from Hamed Sinno
4.  Sadat & Alaa Fifty Cent/ Five Pound Credit/ Generation Bass/ Six Degrees Records 
5.  Hello, Psychaleppo!/ Tobayabooya/ Gool L'Ah/ Samer Saem Eldahr
6.  Abdulrahman Mohammad/ Asabaki 3ishq/ Abdulrahman Mohammed
7.  Omeima El Khalil,/ Shab Y Sabiyeh/ Ya/ Forward Music 
8.  Ensemble Ibn Arabi/ Her Words Bring Me to Life Again/Arabo-Andalusian Sufi Songs/ Long Distance France
9.  DAM/ If I Could Go Back In Time/ Debke On The Moon/ DAM Preceded by message from DAM
10. Stormtrap/ Taht El Agal/ Stormtrap/Stormtrap Asfeh
11. Elepheel+Edd Abbas+Lipos/ Master Cosmic Spy/ Tripnol/ Edd Abbas/Lipos/Elepheel
12. Jadal/ Fe Nabd Ana Has/ El Makina/ Mahmoud Radaideh
13. Rania Kurdi/ Ana Ana/ Sasha Abi Najmeh/ Rania Kurdi Preceded by message from Rania Kurdi
14. Michelle & Noel Keserwany/ Jagal El USEK/ Jagal El USEK/ Keserwany
15. Tania Kassis/ Ounchoudat Bayrout/ Oriental Colors/ Magnum Records Preceded by message from Tania Kassis
16. Zeid Hamdan/ Asfeh (Acoustic)/ Single/ Lebanese Undergroud
17. Mike Massy/ Ya 3achikat Al Ward/ Ya Zaman/  Falak Productions Preceded by message from Mike Massy
18. Jowan Safadi & Haya Zaatry/ Ji2tu ila Ahli/ Ghanni 3n Al-Taareef/
19. Ziyad Sahhab/ Kaza Kitab/ Keep On Singing/ Forward Music
20. Tania Saleh/ Hashishet Albi (Live)/ Live At Drm/ Forward Music Preceded by message from Tania Saleh
21. Labess/ El Kass Yadour/ Identite/ Needlepoint Records
22. Khaled/ Laila/ C'est La Vie/ Universal Music France
23. Rachid Taha/ Now Or Never/ Zoom/ Naive
24. Omar Offendum/ The Arab Speaks of Rivers & Finjan/ Syrianamericana/ Cosher Ink Preceded by message from Omar Offendum
25. Yassir Chadly/ Bil Mustapha/ Asheeq Zeen/ Yassir Chadly Preceded by message from Yassir Chadly
26. Khaled Aljaramani/ Farah/ Athar/ Institut Du Monde Arabe & Harmonia Mundi
27. Mohamed Abozekry and  Heejaz/ Sur La Route/ Chaos/ Neonovo
28. Eliyahu & The Qadim Ensemble/ Maghrebi/ Eastern Wind/ Self Release Preceded by message from Eliyahu Sills
29. May Nasr/ Ouhibuka (Lyrics by Ghada Samman)/ Single/ May Nasr Preceded by message from May Nasr
30. Yasmine Hamdan/ Nediya/ Ya Nass/ Crammed Discs Preceded by message from Yasmine Hamdan

'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its sixth season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area).  It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English. Previous Podcasts at

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

May Nasr Records 'Ouhibouka' with Lyrics by Ghada Al Samman

Music Composition/Sung by: May Nasr
Instrumental orchestration by: Lou Salloum
Lyrics: Ghada Samman

See lyrics in Arabic and in English translation below, followed by interview with May Nasr in which she discussed this new release.

Here are the lyrics by Syrian writer/poet Ghada Al Samman in Arabic and in English translation:

I love you..
Because you are only capable of loving yourself..
You make no effort to conceal this fact..

I have loved you for a thousand years..
Because, to this date, I am still incapable of truly knowing you..

I love you...
For you are both my storm and freedom and my prison...

I love you..for your beauty and creativity....
A divine poet...unworthy of trust...
Finger tips of color and light...screaming out with the perfume of jasmine...

I love you...
For you are gypsy traveler...
You embody pure poetry...
Your inflamed body is a raging storm....!

I love you.....simply because I love you......

أحبك ..
لأنك لا تعرف كيف تحب غير ذاتك ..
ولا تبذل مجهوداً لإخفاء ذلك !

أحبك ..
من ألف عام
لأنني مازلت حتى اليوم أجهلك !

أحبك ..
لأنك العاصفة والمرفئ في آن ..
والحرية والقفص !

أحبك ..
لأنك جميل ومبدع ..
وشاعر لا يؤتمن جانبه
أصابعه اللون والضوء .. 
والصرخة وعطر الياسمين !

أحبك ..
لأنك ضجري الترحال المستقر ..
لأنك القصائد
لأن جسدك الحار قليل الأعصار !

أحبك ..
لأني .. أحبك !

My interview with May Nasr for my Arabology radio program (May 2013):

Saturday, May 25, 2013

5/23 Arabology Podcast highlights Arab Women's Voices and Writings

The May 23, 2013 episode of Arabology highlights Arab Women's Voices in music, literature and culture. 
It can be downloaded at
See full playlist at end of this blog entry.

May 23, 13 Arabology Podcast includes these amazing women and more

This Podcast includes:
1. An exclusive interview with singer May Nasr and the US premiere of her new song 'Ouhibbouka" (lyrics by Syrian writer Ghada Al Samman)
2. Writer Arin Mango who reads excerpts from her article "What's Islam Got to Do with It?' which was just published in Avicenna - The Stanford Journal on Muslim Affairs (Vol 3 No. 1 Winter 2013)
3. A conversation with Nisrin Elamin (Doctoral student at Stanford) who broaches issues related to Sudanese culture while showcasing vibrant songs by Alsarah and Rasha.
4. An interview with Zoe Woolford, student of Arabic at Stanford, who discusses the challenges and benefits of learning Arabic.
5. Selected songs by some of the Arab world's most talented female vocalists including Oumeima el Khalil, Yasmine Hamdan, and Fairuz.

Listen instantly (give a minute to load) at:

Playlist for Arabology Thurs, 23 May 2013 3-5pm DJ: Ramzi S. (Artist/Track/Album/Label)
1. Oumeima El Khalil/ Fi Akher Al Ashyaa/ Zaman/ Forward Music
2. Fairuz/ Ahwak/ Fairuz Chante Zaki Nassif/VDL
3. May Nasr+Lourdes Perez/Ma'kum bimshi/May Nasr
4. Interview with May Nasr/ Pre-recorded/ Arabology/ KZSU
5. May Nasr/ Ouhibouka (lyrics by Ghada Samman)/ Single/ May Nasr
6. Reading by Arin Mango/ What's Islam Got to Do with It?/Avicenna: Stanford Journal of Muslim Affairs
7. Rasha/ Ya Sudan Ma'alesh/ Let me be/ Rasha
8. Interview with Nisreen Elamin/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KSU
9. Alsarah/ Fi Himaka Rabana / Single/ Alsarah
10. Interview with Nisreen Elamin/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
11. Alsarah ft Oddise2/ Vote/ Single/ Oddisee
12. Interview with Zoe Woolford/Stanford student of Arabic/ Arabology/ KZSU
13. Yasmine Hamdan/ La Mouch/ Yasmine Hamdan/ Kwaidan Records

Friday, February 17, 2012

Podcast from 5th Episode of Arabology (aired Feb 16) Available in 3 Parts

The fifth episode of 'Arabology' (2/16/12) features my interview with Lebanese-American Stanford student and cheerleader Alix Farhat who discusses her Arabic classes at Stanford, her Lebanese heritage, and her role as a Stanford cheerleader.

The show also features songs by Tania Kassis, Mashrou' Leila, Fareeq El Atrash, Rayess Bek, Tania Saleh, Rim Banna, Omar Offendum, Arabian Knightz, Darine Hamze, May Nasr and others.

To Listen/Download





Playlist for ArabologyThursday, 16 February 2012  4pm - 7pmDJ: Ramzi S.
Kassis, TaniaOunchoudat Bayrout (Hymn Of Beirut)Album ReviewOriental Colors
Magnum Records International
Mashrou' LeilaImm El JacketAlbum ReviewEl Hal Romancy
Mashrou' Leila

Diab, AmrTagrua Wa-'addet (Trial And Error?)Album ReviewBanadeek Ta'ala (I'm Calling You, Come)
Saleh, TaniaTmanta'sh MoulayaAlbum ReviewWehde
Forward Music
JadalBye Bye AziziArabic Rocks
Forward Music

Fareeq El AtrashDemoqratiFareeq El Atrash
Fwd Music
Rayess Bek (Ft. Tamer Nafer from DAM)Rap RemixHip Hop Republic
Forward Music
Arabian KnightzRebelArabian Knightz
Arab League records
Toot ArdKl El NasNuri Andaburi
Island Def Jam Digital Distribution

Ancient FutureAlapPlanet Passion
Mathlouthi, EmelHoudou'on (Calm)Album ReviewKelmti Horra
World Village
Ajram, NancySallim 'alayha (Greet Her)Album ReviewSahret Tarab (A Night Of Ecstacy)
New Sound
Elissa'a-Bali HabibiAlbum ReviewAl-Rawa'i (Greatest Hits)
New Sound

Interview with Sean DobsonInterviewArabology
Sophia MarikhTahwakKelmet Hobb
Melody Hits
FairuzAhwakChante Zaki Nasief
Voix De L'Orient
El Mansoury, HibaAhwakSah El Nom
Murr Television Lebanon
Khoury, SuhailRaqs (Dance)Album ReviewAl-Quds Ba'd Muntasif Al-Layl (Jerusalem After Midnight)
Edward Said National Conservatory Of Music & Birzeit University
Rouhana, CharbelHi, keefak Ca VaHi Keefak Ca Va

Interview with Alix FarhatInterviewArabology
DalidaSalma ya salamaDalida in Egypt
ShakiraOjos AsiDonde Estan Los Ladrones

Blitz The AmbassadorThe OracleAlbum ReviewNative Sun
Fat Beats
Offendum, OmarDamascusAlbum ReviewSyrianamericana
Cosher Ink, Llc
Nasr, MayBaytik ya NajwaLil Ghali
May Nasr
Diab, AmrYoum Ma 'itabelna (The Day We Met)Album ReviewBanadeek Ta'ala (I'm Calling You, Come)
Banna, RimKarmal Al-Ruh (Wind Of Karmel)Album ReviewAl-Rawa'i (Greatest Hits)

Taha, RachidRock El CasbahAlbum ReviewRock El Casbah: The Best Of
Wrasse Records
Atlas, NatachaKiddaArabic Groove
Putumayo World Music
Hamze, DarineYa zahratan fi khayaliBeirut Hotel
LFP Les Fims Pelle'as
Murkus, AmalHulumWorld 2002

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

Watch full talk at This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was pre...