Showing posts with label Mike Massy. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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

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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. 

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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

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

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

Video at; 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

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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

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Ramzi Salti's Arabology Radio Show Counts Down Top 20 Indie Arabic Songs of 2018

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The latest episode of the popular radio show Arabology, which airs from KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) featured a countdown of the Top 20 indie/alternative Arabic Songs of 2018.  The program is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford + KZSU radio host.

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Here is a list of the Top 20 Songs starting with Number 1.  Each song is followed by info about each artist/song.  Please note that this list is followed by another list which showcases those amazing instrumentals that served to introduce some of the tracks during the show.

Massar Egbari| مسار اجباري - 
Nehayat El Hakawi  نهايات الحكاوي
El Album (2018)

Massar Egbari was founded in 2005 by 4 musicians: Ayman Massoud (Keyboards), Hani El Dakkak (Guitar & Lead Vocal), Ahmed Hafez (Bass guitar(, and Tamer Attallah (Drums).  Mahmoud Siam (Guitars) joined the band in 2008 .

نموذج من الكلمات
وساعات نهايات الحكاوي بتسيب معاها سؤال 
 وساعات نهايات الحكاوي بتسيب لنا أحلام
ويا قلب عاشق للحياة كان رد مرة وقال
كام باب أمل مقفول بيتوارب مع الأيام
وانا لسه فاكر كل شئ كأنه كان اليوم
  شفتك نسيت أنا كل شئ قبل النهارده بيوم
قلبي اللي كان مقفول علي الجرح القديم

Bisher Abu Taleb
Galat Lah
الزنبقات السود

Bisher is a Jordanian musician who, in 2001, joined one of the most established musical groups in the Arab world. [Rum- Tareq Al Nasser] as a guitarist/vocalist and went on to perform in in over 40 concerts in more than 15 countries.  In 2012 Bisher started the first Online Music School out of the Arab World  [] which provided educational content about music in both Arabic and English.   In 2017 Bisher started his Solo Act as a Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, eventually releasing his first album in 2018. 

نموذج من الكلمات
قالت له : لا تخبي ... علمني ويش اللي بيك
تراني أحس و اتألم ... وانت عني بعيد 
قال لها : يا ظي عيني ... تركت فيكي ، كل شي 
و الجفا ... بينك و بيني ... مش بيدي ... غصب عني 
قالت له: لولا حبي ... ما انسكب دمعي يسيل 
أصابر وبروحي أفديك والجرح في قلبي يزيد
قال لها : بس امهليني .. الدمع في عينك عزيز
هو قلبك اللي يسامح ... و اللي ما ينسى ذكرى الحبيب 
قال لها : بس ارحميني .. الدمع في عيونك عزيز
هو قلبك. اللي يسامح ... و اللي ما ينسى ذكرى الحبيب 
أريدك ... وانا لك راجع ... لي فيكي دم و طين
أعودُ و روحي على كفي ... أمسح دموعك بيدي

Juliana Yazbeck

Juliana Yazbeck was born in New Jersey to Lebanese parents who had fled the Civil War. At the age of five, she moved to Lebanon and was raised there until, at 22, she moved to London. Juliana’s mixed background has influenced her musical style and political lyrics. Combining poetry and music, Western and Middle Eastern styles, and tribal beats with smooth harmonies, her songs tell stories focused on gender, war, displacement and love. Juliana is also a writer and music entrepreneur.

نموذج من الكلمات:
في آلهات شرعية
في آلهات مخالفين
في آلهات بيناتنا
مخوفين رجال الدين
في آلهات بالسماء
في آلهات عالأرض
بس الشيطان أخد عخاطرو
وشن عليهن حرب
نظرنا إلى الأعلى
رأينا آلهات غريبة
عبدنا أصنام وجوائز
وأشخاص ألوانها عجيبة
الهنا نساء الغرب
فناناتن وكاتباتن
وبحثنا عن معنى الحياة
بحضاراتن وكتاباتن
وإذ نسينا آلهاتنا
فناناتنا وكاتباتنا
امهاتنا، خياتنا،
ونكرنا أصل حياتنا

Yusor Hamed Ft Synaptik
Sholi Jarali

Yusor Hamed is a Palestinian independent singer/songwriter and music producer, located in Ramallah. She has experimented in pop, house and electro music.  She studied at the International Academy Of Art Palestine and Birzeit University.  She is joined by Synaptik [Laith Al Huseini] a Jordan-based independent rapper, artist and co-founder of ArtsUpperCase collective.

Narcy (ft Mashrou Leila)

This track was written by Yassin Alsalman and Hamed Sinno in 2018.  Yassin Alsalman, better known by his stage name Narcy, is an Iraqi-Canadian journalist and hip-hop MC. He currently resides in Montreal, Quebec.   Alsalman's parents are originally from Basra, Iraq but emigrated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the 1970s. Yassin was born in Dubai in 1982. In 1987, at the age of five, he and his family moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Yassin spent much of his youth moving back and forth between Canada and the UAE, spending his high school years receiving an education in Dubai.
Narcy’s latest album, SpaceTime, hits listeners with a galactic explosion of fierce beats and mind warping lyrics, all infused with a universe of musical influences – from the rich plains of Iraqi chobi to the vocal bounties of Colombia.
His new album, a 45 minute journey through the bass thumping emotions of a diasporic traveler, delivers a sound bigger than the biggest planets. He is joined by the groundbreaking Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila who have been featured (and interviewed) on several old episodes of Arabology.

Gloob ou dabadeb
قلوب ودباديب

Damar is the baby of Osama Abbas, a Hip Hop Music Producer in Jordan who has worked with the likes of El Far3i, Synaptik.  Damar's first album was titled Damarshmallow and contained 27 tracks produced between 2010 and 2015--based on Arabic music sampled from old Arabic vinyls, old Arabic films and plays. 

نموذج من الكلمات
انا خف عقلي لما قلتلي
انه الأزرق ما بلبقلي
شو رأيك يا عمي يعني
تيجي محلي؟ تيجي محلي؟
احسنلك حلي عن عرضي
وغيري الفستان ابو الزهري
هسه بطرطق وما بخلي
ابعد عني ... ابعد عني
كل شوي بترن ... تررن تررن
ولا ما بتسوي .. ولا شلن ولا شلن
من يوم وطالع اسمي نسيه
احا اخوكي يصير نسيبي
ومن عشر شهور كلشي خرب صار صعب ارضيكي (بعدين!)
ولا اشي مزبوط يلعن يوم ما صرتي خطيبتي (يلعن)
واذا بجيب ورود بتقولي انك بطلتي اتطيقي (احسن)
ولا اقلك شو ... نفسي اموت ولا تكوني خطيتي

Mohammed El Naas  محمد النعاس
مرو بسلام

Mohammed El Naas born in Feb 86, lives in Tripoli Libya.  He has been writing music, composing, mixing, singing and recording for almost 10 years now.  He is influenced by blues jazz, and soft rock, plus new style where he mixes these styles with Arabic lyrics.  مرو بسلام  [Proceed with Peace] is mainly about facing day to day issues with peace and hope even when everything seems to be crumbling.

 نموذج من الكلمات
قلوب سكبت للأذى الغفران
عقول نست فرسمت بألاقلام
لوحات حياه على جدران
مرو بسلام مرو بسلام مرو بسلام
أغصان لم تروى من انسان 
غفران لم يفهم حتى هذا الزمان
اقلام جفت فسارت الى البهتان
أسوار سقطت فأتضحت تفاسير تلك الاحلام
مرو بسلام مرو بسلام مرو بسلام مرو بسلام
قطرات ندى على أغصان 
قلوب سكب للأذى الغفران
عقول نست فرسمت بألاقلام
لوحات حياه على جدران

Faia Younan
Ya Laytahou Yaalam (Piano Version)
A Sea Between Us  بيناتنا في بحر

Born in Syria on June 1992, Faia grew up in the iconic musical city of Aleppo in a family that cherishes culture and arts. At age of eleven, she moved with her family to Sweden. Her voice has longe charmed audiences at cultural events in Stockholm.

About this track:  Lyrics by: Ali Ben Aljahm Composed by: Faia Younan Arranged by: Rayan Al Habre Music Producer: Houssam Abdul Khalek 
 كلمات: علي بن الجهم - ألحان: فايا يونان بيانو: طارق سكيكر
This version released in 2018; older version in 2017

نموذج من الكلمات: أبلغ عزيزًا فى ثنايا القلب منزله أنى وإن كنت لا ألقاه ألقاه وإن طرفى موصول برؤيته وإن تباعد عن سكناي سكناه يا ليته يعلم أنى لست أذكره وكيف أذكره إذ لست أنساه يا من توهم أنى لست أذكره والله يعلم أنى لست أنساه إن غاب عنى فالروح مسكنه من يسكن الروح كيف القلب ينساه

Lyrics in English: Tell a beloved one who has made his home in the corners of my heart That even if I don't meet him, I do meet him And that the corner of my eye is linked to the sight of him, even when he is far away I wish he knew I wish he knew that I don't remember him For how can I remember him when I have never forgotten him To he who thought that i don't remember him And God knows that I never forgot him If he disappears then in my soul is where he stays How can the heart forget the one who lives in the soul

Mike Massy
Baddi Dii

After playing the rôle of "Jesus" in France, Mike Massy returns to the music scene with a 9th studio album, "Bravo", written,  composed and produced by Massy himself. This album consists of 9 tracks in Lebanese and literary Arabic, and it was written and recorded between Brussels and Beirut. "Bravo" refers to one of the songs on the album that features Mike Massy's vocal signature, accompanied by a pop production, combined with a classical‐acoustic orchestration. With a subtle blend of tradition and modernity, this album is the new positioning of  Mike Massy, who manages the transition from traditional to modern with astonishing ease.
This track was released in Feb 2018 along with superb music video that was directed by Tanya Nasr.

نموذج من الكلمات: بدّي أطلع عالمرّيخ بدّي غيّر بالتاريخ ... وبدّي ضيع... بدّي إمشي عالتروتوار، إتفركش بولاد زغار... وبدّي ضيع... من كل مفرق، من كل دار، من الدكّانة العند الجار بدّي ضيع بدّي ضيع... من المدينة الكلّا حجار، من الطرقات، من المطار، بدّي ضيع بدّي ضيع بدّي ضيع... بدّي سافر، بدّي ضيع واللي بدّو يصير، يصير بدّي ضيع...

Tamer Nafar
Salam Ya Sahbi

Nafar was born to Fawzi Nafar and Nadia Awadi in Lod, Israel, and is the leader of the world's first Palestinian hip-hop group DAM. He became the face and primary voice of Palestinian hip-hop and is internationally recognized through worldwide tours.  He identifies as a Palestinian citizen of Israel.  Tamer discovered hip-hop through Tupac Amaru Shakur's beats.

نموذج من الكلمات: صاحبي, حبيبي, عالأرض بنازع 11 خزء بجسمو وعندي بس 10 اصابع...تغمضش عينيك, أرمش اذا سامع...تحملنيش هاي المهمة, مش راجع اقول لامك أنك مش راجع...سمعتها ب فلم, الأبن بدفن الأم مش الأم تدفن الأبن, هيك الحياة بتم

Menich Hzin
Winrah Marah

Jawhar (Basti) has created his own signature style of world­folk music that one could probably describe as midway between arab chaâbi and Nick Drake’s dreamy folk lullabies.  Inspired by « the withering Arab spring» Winrah Marah is simultaneously more incisive and more colorful than his previous album.  The ten songs on the album are powered by a band which has gained in complicity and coherence. 
Jawhar was born to a mother professor of Arabic literature and a father devoted to theater and culture in the southern suburbs of Tunis. At the age of  20 he left for France to study English literature and theater and settled first in Brussels and then in the countryside.  However, at the birth of his first child, Jawhar felt the need to reconnect with his homeland.
"Qibla Wa Qobla " (The Kiss and the prayer-orientation), Jawhar’s second album, was released in 2014). The press saw it as a "shimmering mosaic where Sufi and Pop learned to speak the same language: that of the universal and timeless music" (Musiczine).
Winrah Marah  was released in 2018 along with superb music videos.

Qafiya قافية 
Eskoni ya jerah  - اسكني يا جراح

Qafiya (English: Rhyme) is an Arabic Rock band from Cairo, Egypt, formed in 2018 by vocalist/composer/lyricist) Nour Khan.  They released their first single "Eskoni Ya Jerah" on November 20th and are currently working on their first EP.   Nour Khan is an independent vocalist from Egypt who has had a passion for singing since she was 8 years old.  

الكلمات من قصيدة "الصباح الجديد" لأبو القاسم الشابي
غناء و ألحان: نورخان
ترجمة الكلمات: محمد أسامة

اسكني يا جراح و اسكتي يا شجون 
Lay to rest my wounds, and be gone my sorrow

مات عهدُ النُواحِ و زمانُ الجنون 
The madness and the wailing times has passed.

فعلام الشكاة من ظلام يحول 
So why complain from a Darkness,

ثم يأتي الصباح و تمر الفصول 
That will be gone by morning, as seasons flow.

Dina El Wedidi
Alive عايشة
Slumber منام

Cairo artist Dina El Wedidi's newest album 'Slumber' is a dark, emotive electronic album made entirely from the sounds of Egypt's trains.  The final track, “Alive,” was arranged by Cairo electronic artist Hussein Sherbini, who also supports Dina on vocals in the track. Musically, it is the warmest track on the album, zooming in on Dina’s looping lyrics that hop rhythmically from rhyme to rhyme, casting a hypnotic, disassociating spell, before the track drifts off, the train tracks lulling you gently out of the nap, and to your destination.

Layla Rina
Rooq روق (Chill)

Layla Rina is a singer songwriter From Nazareth who released this track in May 2018.  Lyrics by Layla Rina; Music by Muhammad Abu Ahmad & Layla Rina. Produced by Muhammad Abu Ahmad.

نموذج من الكلمات: شوف لوين بتروح لوين بتروح لوين بتروح لما تكون لحالك يمكن بس تغيب الشمس ورا الجبال راح تتذكر تتذكر كيف كان الجو براسك يدور قلبك مسحور كلشي مفهوم كان شي مرة بس إسا انت قاعد بآخر هالليل عقلك مش هون وراسك ملان فقت بالشقلوب اليوم صحيت بالأول ما في نوم والسبب مكتوم التنين مجروح التلاتا مجروح الاربعا مجروح وباقي الجمعة مجروح

Yousef Kekhia  يوسف كيخيا
Hal Ard Lamin هالأرض لمين؟ 
Monologue (2019)

Yousef Kekhia is a Singer-Songwriter from Aleppo, now based in Berlin.  He left Syria due to the civil war in 2013, graduated from university in Istanbul and finally settled in Germany in 2016.
By combining contemporary Folk and Electronic music with Arabic lyrics, he developed a singular style of sharing his intimate stories, making them direct and moving. 
In October 2018, Yousef Kekhia released his first self-written solo single “Hal Ard Lamin?”, accompanied by a crowdfunding campaign in order to finance the production of his debut album “Monologue”, which is set to be released in 2019. 
He says: “I started writing songs mainly on occasions where I was nearly paralysed, whether it being physically or mentally but it was songwriting that helped me to get through those situations.” 
The music video for this track is performed & composed by Yousef Kekhia and directed by Victor Ramón Stoljarow

 نموذج من الكلمات:
هالأرض لمين؟  إسأل حالك عن فكرة الحدود
 كسور سجنك مين حط الحروف؟
ارفع راسك مانك لاجئ بحور... روح وين بدك الأرض مالها حدود
هروب من الموت سياسة تهجير مع ورقة بسبور بتوقعك بالبير
معقول كل هالحدود كل هاد تقسيم    مشان يشعلو حروب و نعيش ميتين
فيك تحط بسبور فيك تحط حدود فيك تحط جنود مارح تمنعني 
فيك تعلي السور فيك تخبي وجوه فيك تغسل عقول مارح توقفني
 هالأرض لمين؟ (هالأرض ألي) هالأرض لمين؟ (هالأرض ألك) هالأرض لمين؟ (هالأرض ألها) هالأرض لمين؟ (هالأرض النا) الأرض الي

English translation of lyrics: Who Owns This Earth? Ask yourself about the concept of borders Break your prison Who wrote those orders? Raise your head You're not a refugee of the oceans Roam wherever you want to Because this earth has no borders Who owns this earth? Who owns this earth? Who owns this earth? Who owns this earth? Escaping from death Migration politics And this paper called “passport” Will imprison you Are they real, all these borders? All these divisions To stoke the fires of war And make us live like we’re (already) dead Who owns this earth? Who owns this earth? Who owns this earth? Who owns this earth? You can impose passports You can build borders You can send soldiers You won’t deter me You can make the fence higher You can hide faces You can brainwash the masses You won’t stop me Who owns this earth? (This earth is mine) Who owns this earth? (This earth is yours) Who owns this earth? (This earth is hers) Who owns this earth? (This earth is ours) The earth is mine.

Night Shift
Garbanzo Beans

"Night Shift" is a track from the album "Garbanzo Beans" that explores several genres that he experienced in the 60s, and 70s.  Vocals by ZIAD SIDAWI and LANA MOUSSA.  Composed, arranged and performed by Charif Megarbane & Ziad Sidawi.
ZIAD SIDAWI  always loved composing music but his piano teacher wanted him to play Bach and Chopin, so he would start to play the music piece then take it somewhere else. Ultimately by age 12 he stopped piano lessons because there was no one to guide him towards composition. Since he got no family support to become a composer, hedid the 2nd best thing which was to write programming code to create software applications. Fast forward several decades later and suddenly he said enough is enough and in 2012 he started taking online courses and found a partner in Charif Megarbane, who is a multi-instrumental player and composer, and they formed Cz101.  "Night Shift" was written from 14 AM which may explain the song title. 
Lana Moussa is a Lebanese artist. Her interest in music started early and her talent matured by learning to sing different genres in different languages, from Tarab (classical Arabic music) to opera.
Lana works in the humanitarian and media broadcasting fields. She is now slowly taking baby steps into making it a career after having participated in several concerts.  She is interested in maintaining her Arabic music heritage as well as songwriting and composing expressive musical pieces that are out of the norm.

Khansa x Zahzah

This track was originally composed by Mohammad AbdulWahab (1929) and written by Ahmad Abdul Majeed (1929).  Moe Khansa is a Beirut based performing artist who merges multiple disciplines into one, both on stage and in video. A singer, dancer, aerialist, songwriter, producer, and visual composer whose style draws on a wide range of influences, genres, and topics. He is into synthesis and visionary sounds and is immersed in an ongoing journey of experimentation and realization.  Moe Khansa seeks to redefine the way we see "belly dancing" in the hope of eliminating these stereotypes and embracing belly-dancing as a beautiful part of our culture (this link)

Lyrics in English: It scares me to speak of how I feel about you, knowing you might reject and ignore me. But should I keep my love from you, would my eyes speak the truth of my whims. I had seen a vision of you in my sleep, before I ever loved you. He promised he would stay then left me with my thoughts of you. Should I confront him, would he hint at my love for you? But should I keep my love from you, would my eyes speak the truth of my whims.

Albaitil Ashwai
Mostakell Label

Albaitil Ashwai [Random House] is a Jordanian experimental band based in Amman. The band members all reflect their own musical background in the music of the project by a variety of musical styles, like indie rock, reggae, punk rock mixed with sufi music.
The name of the band is inspired by the belief that all universal laws were created after a completely random interaction between its own elements (in both the physical and the spiritual realms of the universe), so the only way for humanity to find Utopia is by living a life based on complete natural freedom, free will, and randomness.
I met band member Qais Raja (Guitar & Vocals) at Corners Pub in Amman, Jordan in August 2018.

Youm Ma Shoftek
Bokra Ahla

Khalid Nwairan and Raed Massad have been working on their official album for over a year.  'MADA' electronic band they created and their new album called "Bokra Ahla" aims to develop the platform of Arabic commercial music by providing new ideas of production for each for each song..  Khaled says that "Bokra Ahla means we are concerned about what the Arab world is passing through these days and we think tomorrow must be better no doubt.  We want to integrate various artistic international production techniques to reflect our Jordanian and Arabic culture in understandable ways."

Faycal Azizi
Meftah Leqloub

Fayçal Azizi (Born in 1986 in Tétouan) is a Moroccan actor, singer and writer.  He first rose to fame through his song "Werda ala Werda " from the film L'orange amère " and has had huge success with his group K'lma as well as by releasing his version of "Haka Mama" in 2015.
Fayçal has just received his degree from The Record Factory in Seoul, South Korea.
His career as an actor first started in theater after attending the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts and Cultural Animation in Rabat. He then formed the music group K'lma in 2004. His feature film debut came in 2010 when he starred in Majid of Nassim Abassi. He has also just released a gorgeous duet with Sakina Lafdaili aka Klma Band called "Tkellem," written by Fayçal Azizi.

نموذج من الكلمات:
فين مفتاح لقلوب
فينك مخبي أنا محتاجك فين تكون
قلبي سد بوابو خلاص
من يوم بنار الخاين تقاس
عليك نجول
طرقان وزمان

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

May 2017 Arabology Podcast Ft Alternative Arabic Music from MENA Region

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The latest Arabology podcast (May 2017) is now available and includes fresh alternative/indie music from Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco.  Listen below or at

Playlist for Arabology 11.2 (Artist/Track/Album)

  1. Kinematic/ Lalochezia/Ala'
  2. El Morabba3 + DJ Mahmoud Helmy/Cigara Abl Man2om (Deep House Edit)
  3. El Morabba3/ Shiber Maii/ Taraf Al Khait
  4. Muzdawaj/ Yomain/Serrak Fe Beer
  5. Luay Hijazeen /Law Yshoof/ Single
  6. Basel Rajoub/ Bedaya (Start)/ The Queen of Turquoise
  7. Suad Bushnaq/ The Curve/ The Road to Jenin (Soundtrack)
  8. Ruba Shamshoum/ Hana/ Shamat
  9. Samer Rashed/ Swing 25/ Gypsy Rhapsodies
  10. Ahmad Kaabour (Qabur)/ Halawanji Ya Isma'eel/ Ounadikom
  11. Rayan Habre/ Aa Bali Fell/ Taa' Ellak
  12. Mike Massy/ Ma Tfell (Ne Me Quitte Pas)/ Le Délire
  13. Ramy Adly/ Stairway to Heaven (Middle Eastern Version)
  14. Nour Khan/ Layta Li/ Single
  15. Aya Metwalli/ Beitak/ Beitak
  16. Climax (Ft Chafik Elkhourouj + Amine Souikra)/ On My Own (Acoustic Version)/ Climax
  17. Masaa/ Freedom Dance/ Freedom Dance
  18. Kinematic/ Ana Bahr/ Ala'

Arabology is an American radio show that airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) and is hosted, in English, by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

5/12 Arabology Podcast Available

Arabology 9.10 Podcast

This episode of 'Arabology' aired on May 12, 2015.  The podcast includes new music by Algerian singer Souad Massi (based on Al Motanabi poem and translated to English) + the latest track by Egypt's Badrawies Project + Jordanian indie music by El Morabba3-المربّع and ZA'ED NA'ES زائد ناقص (ft. Muhammad Abdullah) + Morocco's OUM + various songs by Mike Massy and Maya Waked (both of whom are also interviewed). This podcast includes an inspiring interview with Hamza Chraibi, Founder of Arab Excellence, and an interview with writer Maisaa Al-Hatemi including a reading of one of her daring short stories in Arabic and English. Also includes a chat with Serge Bakalian, Executive Director of the Arab Film Festival, and a conversation with Adam Eltoukhy and Waleed Mohsen, Founders of Mohsen Arts Foundation + interview and Oud music by this year's grant winner Bangin Kanjo.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review of 'Sin Visa' Film

Sin Visa is an independent, poignant film that broaches the topic of immigration in a powerful, thoughtful and unique way.  At a time when immigrants seem to be systematically portrayed en masse by so many media outlets, this film succeeds in humanizing the immigrant experience by reminding us all of the individuality and uniqueness of every immigrant that has ever crossed the border.

Sensitively written, in Spanish, by Bassam Kassab, this 81-minute drama takes us upon the often horrifying journey of Marco, a 17-year old Mexican who crosses the border in search of work, security, and a better life.  What he finds instead is that the road ahead is filled with treachery, exploitation, and a total lack of humanity.

This is not to say that this film does not offer hope, for the script does introduce us to characters that actually help Marco in overcoming various obstacles while adjusting to his new life.  These multi-ethnic characters serve to underline the need for various immigrant communities to support each other and, as such, offer a fresh and realistic alternative to traditional immigrant narratives.

This film was brilliantly directed by Ana Simoes, nicely edited by Egyptian Director Maher Sabry, and features a moving performance by Edgar-Arturo Camacho-Gonzales in the part of Marco.  That strong lead serves to keep the film on track and enables us to truly understand the real and constant danger that defines the lives of so many immigrants to the US.  The rest of the cast is also quite impressive and, at times,  so believable that one starts feeling that one is watching a real-life documentary instead of a fictional drama.

The film's soundtrack is also quite worthy of praise and includes new songs, in Arabic and Spanish, by Lebanese singing sensation Mike Massy.  Massy's voice is perfectly suited for the kind of  ballads, lamentations and odes that set the somber mood of the film.  One of the songs 'Ya Ummi' (written in Arabic by Bassam Kassab and recorded by Mike Massy) is so heart wrenching that several members of the audience could be heard literally sobbing their hearts out.

This film is highly recommended for anyone who is seeking a different way of broaching the topic of immigration all over the world today.  It contains some scenes that can be disturbing for some but none of these are gratuitous or sensational in nature.  They are, however, quite haunting as one feels the after-effects of this film long after having watched it.

--Reviewed by Ramzi Salti, Ph.D. (Stanford University)

For more info, see
For my interview with Bassam Kassab:


'Ya Immi' by Mike Massy (Sin Visa Soundtrack):


Sin Visa Cast at the Roxie

Actor Edgar-Arturo Camacho-Gonzales (left) with singer Mike Massy

Egyptian Director/Editor  Maher Sabry with Sin Visa Director Ana Simoes

Bassam Kassab and Mike Massy at Sin Visa After-Party

Friday, April 3, 2015

3/31 Arabology Podcast Available

Arabology 9.9 aired on March 31, 2015 and included and interview with Bassam Kassab (who spoke about his film Sin Visa) as well as with 2 Arab women photographers whose work is currently exhibited at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford: Rania Matar and Tanya Habjouka.

The show also premiered a new song by Mike Massy titled 'Ya Immi' as well as Mashrou' Leila's new track called '3 Minutes.'  Other featured singers included Oum (Morocco), Macadi Nahhas (Jordan), Haifa Kamal (Jordan), Maya Waked (Lebanon/Canada), +Aziz (Kuwait), Rim Banna (Palestine), Zein Aljundi (Syria) and Aswat: the Bay Area Arabic Music Ensemble.

Listen to the podcast below or at

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Arabology Podcast Available (Feb 10, 2015)

Arabology 9.5 aired on Feb 10, 2015.  Show spotlighted and discussed the Lebanese indie/alternative music scene + interview with Nicolas Chalhoub whose CD is currently topping the Virgin Megastore charts in Beirut.

Listen below or at

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Top 20 (Alternative) Arabic Video Music Clips of 2014

1.  The song 'Beirut Windows شبابيك بيروت' from Tania Saleh's latest CD came in at Number 1 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

2.  This song by Rim Banna titled 'Break Your Fears اكسر خوفك' came in at Number 2 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

3.  The song 'Hal' by Yasmine Hamdan--which was featured in the film Only Lovers Left Alive--came in at Number 3 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

4.  The song 'Dawayer (Circles)' by Dina El Wedidi came in at Number 4 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

5.  Jordanian rock band JadaL's song 'Wahde Bteshbahek, وحده بتشبهك' came in at Number 5 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

6.  The Arabic version of 'Get Lucky' by مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila ft Nile Rodgerscame in at Number 6 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

7.  The track 'Madd W Jazr' from Youmna Saba's new CD 'Njoum' can be sampled via Amazon or iTunes and came in at Number 7 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

8.  The song titled 'Kan Fi' by (Share3 El Sukkar (Hosam Omran + Raz Abu Askar) came in at Number 8 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014. Listen at

9.  This instrumental version of Ya Msafer Wahdak يا مسافر وحدك by Elias Lammam(from his 'Selsebil' CD) came in at Number 9 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

10. The song 'Li-biladi لبلادي' by Faia Younan - فايا يونان and her sister Rihan Younancame in at Number 10 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

11. This gorgeous duet by Mike Massy مايك ماسي and Fadia Tomb El-Hage came in at number 11 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014. ٍSong is titled 'Ajibtou Minka Wa Minni' عجبت منك ومني and is based on a poem by Al-Hallaj (Arabic: ابو المغيث الحسين بن منصور الحلاج)

12. This majestic instrumental by Imed Alibi titled 'Pour quelques dinars de plus' came in at number 12 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

13. The song 'Baladi' by Arabic Hip/Hop band FareeQ el Atrash came in at Number 13 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

14. The song 'Trop Tard' by Mounir TROUDI (Tunisia) came in at Number 14 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

15. The song 'Kalam El Leil' by Maii and Zeid came in at number 15 in Arabology's Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

16. This song by Ruba Shamshoum titled 'Fuqaati (My Bubble)' came in at Number 16 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

17. The song 'Safha Gedeeda' صفحة جديدة by Egyptian group Eskenderella came in at Number 17 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

18. The Arabic version of the song "White Rabbit" by Mayssa Karaa (from 'American Hustle' soundtrack) came in at Number 18 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

19. This song by Alsarah & The Nubatones titled 'Habibi Taal' came in at Number 19 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

20. This song by TARABBAND titled 'Baghdad Choby' came in at Number 20 in Arabology's Countdown of the Top 20 (alternative) Arabic Songs of 2014.

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

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