Showing posts with label Omeima El Khalil. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Omeima El Khalil. Show all posts

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

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oumeima Releases New CD Titled 'Zaman' + My CD Review

Oumeima (Omeima) El Khalil has just released her much anticipated album 'Zaman' which aims at solidifying the success that her critically acclaimed previous CD 'Ya' made upon the Arab and world music scene.

Here is the track list on the new CD followed by a sample of track 1.  You can hear samples from the other tracks on Oumeima's YouTube Channel at

Track List on 'Zaman':
  1. Tabaa El Wosta (الطبقة الوسطى (04:05
  2. Niyalak (نيالك (03:05
  3. Rasayel (رسايل (04:11
  4. Thilalouna (ظلالنا (03:42
  5. Hatha (هذا (05:31
  6. Fi Akher Al Ashyaa (في آخر الأشياء (04:49
  7. Leh (Revisited) (ليه (03:51
  8. Bint W Sabi (بنت وصبي (05:50
  9. Arifou Biladan (أعرف بلاداً (04:41

Oumeima el Khalil is an established Lebanese singer who interprets her culture and passion for music to a worldwide audience. She has a voice that has been touching her diverse fan base for decades and she continues to thrive in the music industry today.

For more info see

El Khalil, Oumeima Zaman (2013)
This is a pleasant album by Oumeima (sometimes spelled Omeima) and follows her previous critically acclaimed album ‘Ya’ which got a lot of airplay on KZSU. Oumeima’s voice is still there, clear as a bell, but this CD seems more traditional than experimental.  Give it a chance because it will grow on you.

Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 are in Levantine dialect. Tracks 4, 5, 6, 9 are in Classical Arabic.

All tracks are FCC clean.

**1 Tabaa El Wosta 4:05 [The Middle Class] Best track on the album, mid tempo, satirical lyrics and commentary on class systems.

2 Niyalak 3:05 [Good for You] Slow ballad expressing the aloofness of the beloved.

3 Rasayel 4:11 [Letters] Sad song about loss of love and loss of one’s homeland.

4 Thilalouna 3:42 [Our Hills]. Classical Arabic poem/lyrics about Egypt

5 Hatha 5:31 Somewhat faster beat than most tracks; classical Arabic lyrics.

**6 Fi Akher Al Ashyaa 4:49 [The End of All Things] Mellow, soft melody and soothing, sad vocals. Classical Arabic.

7 Leh (Revisited) 3:51 [Why] This track was originally released on Oumeima’s previous album and here has been revamped and slowed down. Lebanese dialect.

8 Bint W Sabi 5:50 [A Girl and a Boy] Pleasant, mellow ballad in Lebanese dialect.

9 Arifou Biladan 4:41 [I Know Countries] A ballad that borders on a hymn. Picks up in middle with electric guitar which is startling. Classical Arabic.

**My faves: 1 and 6 (Ramzi Salti)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My CD Review of Omeima El Khalil: Ya

El Khalil, Omeima / Ya

Album: Ya Collection: World
Artist: El Khalil, Omeima Added: 09/2012
Label: Forward Music

Album Review

Ramzi S.
Reviewed 2012-09-11

--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN—

Known throughout the Eighties and Nineties for her powerful vocals and somewhat traditional songs, Omeima El Khalil’s 2011 album represents a break from the norm for this relatively famous female vocalist who attempts to now fuse western beats with Arabic lyrics while tackling themes that center on love’s joy and pain. Latin beats dominate several of the tracks on this CD, while other songs sound traditionally Egyptian.

**1. “Ouhibbouka Akhtar” (I Love You More) (5:32) An a cappella declaration of passion; haunting vocals (5:32).
2. “Ya Helou” (Handsome Guy) fuses salsa rhythms with Arabic lyrics. (4:17)
3. “Daret El Kahweh” (Serving Coffee) Slow ballad about drinking coffee from a broken cup. (6:56).
4. “Ya Sidi” (Master) is the single that was commercially released and seems the least interesting in terms of musical experimentation (4:04)
5. “Ila Akhirihi” (Etc.) sounds a bit bluesy and jazzy while mixed with a Latin beat that changes into regular Arabic rhythm (3:51)
**6. “Shab Y Sabiyeh”(A Boy and a Girl) Sweet, romantic ballad about a love that defies society and time.(5:07)
7. “Laff” (Turn) Fast rhythm, danceable, long musical introduction no lyrics, just chanting (4:05)
8. “Iyam” (Days) Starts slow then picks up. Song about jealousy and envy among people (4:42)
**9. “Mazaj”(Mood) (Beirut Biloma Remix) Western rhythm, slow ballad, featuring Omeima’s chanting voice without any lyrics (5:48).

**My picks: 1, 6, 9 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing

1. Ouhibbouka Akthar 6. Ila Rkhirihi
2. Ya Helou 7. Shab Y Sabiyeh
3. Leh? 8. Laff
4. Daret El Kahweh 9. Iyam
5. Ya Sidi 10. Houwe
11. Mazaj (Beirut Biloma Remix)

Review also available on Zookeeper via this link

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