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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

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Auditions for Betty Shamieh's Play 'As Soon As Impossible' on Feb 23-24 (Stanford TAPS, Online)


FEBRUARY 23 + 24 2021
06:00-09:00 PT | ONLINE

IMPORTANT DATES

Audition Dates

TUE+WED FEB 23+24 from 6-9PM PT

Callbacks

THU FEB 25 from 6-9PM PT

Performance Dates

THU-SAT July 8 -July 17
Roble Studio Theater




Auditions for As Soon As Impossible will be held via Live Zoom Auditions. Actors will be slotted into 45-min to 1-hour long small-group auditions. To be slotted, actors will need to fill out their audition form here.  If you are unable to attend auditions live via zoom, please email tapsinformation@stanford.edu for separate accommodations.

WHAT TO PREPARE
The Director has prepared sides, available for viewing/download on this page under “Resources.” Actors should familiarize themselves with all parts on the sides provided.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
Multiple casting of characters is under consideration. In this case, actors would play their character “in rep.” Understudies are necessary and needed in this rehearsal process for all four roles.

Layla, Ramsey’s granddaughter, age 18 [might appear black, brown, or white]

Extroverted, confident, and funny. Quick witted with astute, sharp, and sometimes cutting observations of others. Often uses her intellect to deflect her feelings around not belonging and being scared of the future. Layla enjoys playing pranks, seeking revenge, trying to lose her virginity, and fantasizing about marrying rich.
Drew, Arthur’s grandson, age 18 [any ethnicity]

Drew is an old soul who would much rather hang out with grandpas than people his own age. Gentle, starting at Berkeley in the fall, in the closet. Not quite comfortable in his own skin; booksmart and looking forward to finding more of himself at college
Ramsey, an Arab-American man in his late sixties [might appear black, brown, or white]

Your quintessential professor – gentle, proper, and possibly a little elitist. From the Middle East, teaches Arabic at Berkeley. Just wants his granddaughter to graduate from high school. Sees the generation and cultural gap between him and his granddaughter more and more each day.
Arthur, an American man in his mid-seventies [will be played by Professor Rush Rehm]

Relies on street and business smarts since college wasn’t for him. Owns a construction business and is doing quite well. Set in his ways, but finds excitement in seeing Layla grab life by the horns. May have voted for George W. Bush — but did he vote for Trump?


As Soon As Impossible — A new play by the Roberta Denning Visiting Artist Betty Shamieh — is a comedy that explores the relationship between two older men, Ramsey and Arthur, an Iraqi-American and a WASP. Their annual summer fishing trip is interrupted by the unexpected appearance of Ramsey’s granddaughter, Layla, who claims to be on the run. With Arthur’s suspicions raised, Ramsey may get more than he bargained for when he begins to plan Arthur a surprise birthday party. A play about friendship in a time of war. This play was originally commissioned by Second Stage with support from the Time Warner Commissioning Program. Theaterworks of Silicon Valley will be workshopping this play in preparation for the Stanford production in the first half of 2021 under the direction of Samer Al-Saber and the supervision of New Works director Giovanna Sardelli.
 
Though the performance will be mounted in the Summer, rehearsals for this production will officially begin in the Spring. Undergraduate actors will need to enroll in TAPS 122P, and agree to a potential in-person Summer term sponsored by a $500/w VPUE Grant for June 21st through September 6th, 2021.


Auditions for As Soon As Impossible will be held via Live Zoom Auditions. Actors will be slotted into 45-min to 1-hour long small-group auditions. To be slotted, actors will need to fill out the audition form available on the audition website.

WHAT TO PREPARE
The Director has prepared sides, available for viewing/download on the audition website under “Resources.” Actors should familiarize themselves with all parts on the sides provided.

Stanford TAPS seeks to build a diverse cast for this production and encourages members of any race, gender identity, and ability to audition. If any accessibility accommodations are needed please email tapsaudition@gmail.com for assistance.




Professor SAMER AL-SABER, Assistant Professor at TAPS, is a director, writer, and scholar. As director, his work was seen in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East and includes the Middle Eastern premier of Arthur Milner’s Facts and an Arabic adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His written work appeared in Alt.Theatre, Performance Paradigm, Critical Survey, Theatre Survey, and other academic and trade venues, including the anthology Stories Under Occupation and Other Plays from Palestine, co-edited with Gary English.




BETTY SHAMIEH (Denning Visiting Artist for Spring 2021) is an Arab-American playwright. Her American premieres include: The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop), Fit for a Queen (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Strangest (The Semitic Root), Territories (Magic Theatre) and Roar (The New Group). Selected as a New York Times Critics Pick, Roar is widely taught at universities throughout the United States. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, Shamieh was named a Guggenheim Fellow, UNESCO Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue, and a Radcliffe Playwriting Fellow. A Mellon Playwright in Residence at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, her works have been translated into seven languages. www.bettyshamieh.com






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 16, 2020

Fairuz's "Khidni Ya Habibi" Translated into English by Dr. Ramzi Salti

Here is my modest attempt to translate Fairuz's song "Khidni Ya Habibi خدني يا حبيبي  " [Take Me Away, My Love] from Arabic into English.  This song has always had a special place in my heart, as does the operetta/musical Petra in which it was initially performed, back in 1978.

I have uploaded a special video of the song, with optional English subtitles, to my YouTube Channel.  To view subtitles, start playing video then click on CC at bottom of video screen/window.  

For bilingual English/version, scroll down.

Watch below or at https://youtu.be/Hi4-DAq72s8

An Egyptian man arrived one night
Carrying with him the mysteries of the Pyramids 
And the sublime color of the Nile 
He appeared out of nowhere 
Just like joy itself 
And he gave us hope.

Take me away, my love 
To a house that has no doors 
Take me away my love 
To the moon that guides the forgotten 
Leave me in a deep slumber 
On a clear, bright day 
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones 
My love, my love, my love 

Take me away, leave me behind 
Joy is on its way 
Your love consumes me 
While you have no companion 
Take me away, leave me behind 
Joy is on its way 
Your love consumes me 
While you have no companion 
O King of all Swords 
You took away the summer 
 I imagine you everywhere 
 Lost in the fog 

Take me away, my love 
Take me away, my love 
Leave me in a deep slumber 
On a clear and bright day 
My love, my love, my love 

There was once a little princess 
Who grew up too quickly 
Jealousy surrounded her 
And she had no wings to fly away 
There was once a little Princess 
Who grew up too quickly 
Jealousy surrounded her 
She had no wings to fly away 
They made her live in Palaces 
Surrounded by vast oceans 
The Princess was too little 
And the oceans (doors) too vast

Take me away, my love 
To a house that has no doors 
Take me away, my love 
To the moon that guides those who are lost 
Leave me in a deep slumber 
On a clear, bright day 
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones 
My love, my love, my love 

English Translation by Dr. Ramzi Salti

Original Arabic Lyrics

An Egyptian man arrived one night
Carrying with him the mysteries of the Pyramids
And the sublime color of the Nile
He appeared out of nowhere and, like joy itself, 
He gave us hope.

Take me away, my love
To a house that has no doors
Take me away, my love
To the moon that guides the forgotten
Leave me in a deep slumber on a clear, bright day
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones
My love, my love, my love

Take me away, leave me behind
Joy is on its way
Your love consumes me
While you have no companion
O King of all Swords
You took away the summer
I imagine you everywhere
Lost in the fog

Take me away, my love
Take me away, my love
Leave me in a deep slumber
On a clear and bright day
My love, my love, my love

There was once a little princess
Who grew up too quickly
Jealousy surrounded her
And she had no wings to fly away
They made her live in Palaces
Surrounded by vast oceans
But the Princess was too little
And the oceans (doors) too vast

Take me away, my love
To a house that has no doors
Take me away, my love
To the moon that guides those who are lost
Leave me in a deep slumber
On a clear, bright day
Until the nights return, along with our loved ones
My love, my love, my love
ببيروس اللي إجا من الليل
حامل غموض الهرم ولون النيل
وصل ع غفلة متل الفرح
وأعطانا الأمل


خدني يا حبيبي ع بيت مالو بواب
خدني يا حبيبي ع قمر الغياب
انساني بالغفا بأيام الصفا
تترجع الليالي ويرجعوا الأحباب
يا حبيبي يا حبيبي يا حبيبي



خدني ولا تخدني الفرح ع الطريق
حبك بيحصدني وما عندك رفيق
يا أمير السيف وين أخدت الصيف
بشوفك وما بشوفك 
وضايع بالضباب



خدني يا حبيبي
خدني يا حبيبي
انساني بالغفا بأيام الصفا
يا حبيبي يا حبيبي يا حبيبي


في أميرة زغيرة انخطبت بكير
رميوا عليها الغيرة وما بتعرف تطير
سكنوها قصور خلف سبع بحور
وزغيرة الأميرة وكبيرة البواب
خدني يا حبيبي 



خدني يا حبيبي ع بيت مالو بواب
خدني يا حبيبي ع قمر الغياب
انساني بالغفا بأيام الصفا
تترجع الليالي ويرجعوا الأحباب
يا حبيبي يا حبيبي يا حبيبي

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




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

Sunday, August 16, 2020

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

Video at https://youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM; 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 youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM



To watch the video, please go to: https://youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM

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

To watch the video , go to this link: https://youtu.be/pOU8RfC7bUM

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




Monday, November 18, 2019

Arabology Interviews Jordanian Indie-Rock Band Ayloul

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/ayloul

This interview recorded in Amman, Jordan on August 31, 2019 and aired on KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) on November 17, 2019.

Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Ayloul band members Ra'ad Tabari and Yosour Al-Zou'bi about their groundbreaking new album "Salute to Al-Ghor" سلّم عالغور and the band's musical journey through the years.



Interview includes these song excerpts:
1. Nazel Al Ghor نازل عالغور at 0:00-1:26
2. Lahn Baseet لحن بسيط at 5:59-7:34
3. Yawm يوم at 9:24-10:24
4. Bahr Mayyet بحر ميت at 13:19-15:04
5. Mawj موج (Ft Mohammad Abdullah) at 20:43-23:41

Ayloul in Copenhagen

Ayloul - meaning "September" - is a Jordanian band formed in 2013, with members from Irbid. They're known for mixing indie-rock sounds with traditional Arabic ones to form a unique, dynamic style. Their lyrics communicate their take on social-political issues occurring around the region.


Band Members:
- Lead guitar/ Vocal : Ra'ed Al-Tabari
- Guitar/ Vocal : Mounif Zghoul
- Keyboard : Ma'in Mheidat
- Violin : Yosour Al Zou'bi
- Bass Guitar : Abdel Fattah Terawee
- Drums: Hayyan Juqqa
For more info about Ayloul:
Website: ayloulband.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pg/AyloulBand
Instagram: www.instagram.com/AyloulBand
Soundcloud: @ayloul
Support the band: umusicmena.lnk.to/SalutetoAlGhorAyloul

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Slides from Dr. Ramzi Salti's Talk about Lebanon at Stanford


Here are the video highlights + slides accompanying Dr. Ramzi Salti's talk about Lebanon which took place at the Markaz (Stanford University) on November 5, 2019 at 5:30pm.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Watch video highlights from this talk below or at https://youtu.be/R-0_JSc9gyc



SLIDES FROM TALK





PICS FROM EVENT:
  

Monday, November 4, 2019

Ramzi Salti's Talk About Indie Arabic Music at Sijal (in English) Available

In this audio-visual lecture (recorded at Sijal Institute in Jordan in July 2019), Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti talks about the many ways in which the revolutionary music of the Arab Spring continues to fuel a new generation of artists and musicians--from Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya to Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria.  This video also includes a segment on Palestinian musicians who are creating new musical genres that aim at a better tomorrow.  Video concludes with extensive Q&A session.  Artwork by Jordanian artist Tamer Al Ahmar.

Watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/F5FeL3KssuA



This talk was meant to go along with THIS YOUTUBE PLAYLIST.

This talk spotlights the following segments (chronologically):

01. Katy Whiting Intro (0:00)
02. Ramzi Salti: Intro (02:13)
03. El General (Tunisia) (07:09)
04. Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia) (11:27)
05. Ramy Essam (Egypt) (15:35)
06. Cairokee (Egypt) (21:20)
07. Ibn Thabit (Libya) (25:38)
08. Mashrou' Leila (Lebanon) (28:57)
09. Zeid Hamdan and Maryam Saleh (Lebanon + Egypt) (37:35)
10. Tania Saleh (Lebanon) (39:44)
11. Omar Offendum (Syria) (43:35)
12. DAM (Palestine) (45:56)
13. Jadal and Autostrad (Jordan) (51:26)
14.  Q & A Session (55:36) featuring questions about Mashrou' Leila (55:59), El General (58:52), 47Soul + El Far3i (1:04:00), Fairuz (1:04:56), Dalida (1:06:06) , and even Olivia Newton-John (1:06:23).

This talk was meant to go along with this playlist:



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Arabology 13.2 Podcast Highlights Shubbak Festival 2019, Ft Interviews with Bu Kolthoum, Khansa, Juliana Yazbeck

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/shubbak

Dr. Ramzi Salti's latest Arabology program (June 2019)  highlights the upcoming Shubbak Festival in England (June 28-July 14) by featuring interviews with Bu Kolthoum (17:59), Khansa (37:05), and Juliana Yazbeck (59:01)--all of whom will be performing at the Festival.
This episode also features an interview with MARSM's Christina Hazboun (8:56) who talks to us about the venue.  More info and/or tickets at marsm.co.uk or www.shubbak.co.uk

LISTEN TO PODCAST BELOW OR AT https://soundcloud.com/arabology/shubbak


Shubbak (meaning ‘window’ in Arabic) is London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture. Shubbak has become a key moment in the arts calendar of the UK and the Arab World, bringing new and unexpected voices alongside established artists to new audiences every two years. This year’s festival takes place in London from 28 June–14 July 2019. Tickets are on sale now at marsm.co.uk or www.shubbak.co.uk




MORE INFO ABOUT EVENTS AT THIS YEAR's SHUBBAK FESTIVAL


The Trace of The Butterfly
Tribute to Legend Rim Banna (1966 - 2018)

 


A pivotal and influential figure in the contemporary Palestinian music scene, Rim Banna’s life was tragically cut short in March 2018 after a ten year struggle with breast cancer. She left behind a rich legacy of 12 albums, made of her own compositions and the careful assembling of traditional songs, children’s lullabies and works of Palestinian poets. Her last work was materialised as a tapestry of voice and music over visual materials from her x-ray scans. Now - a unique commemoration concert debuts at the Barbican by some of her closest musical peers: Tania Saleh (Lebanon) Faraj Suleiman (Palestine), Bu Kolthoum (Syria) and Sabrine Janhani (Tunis).

Date: Tuesday 9th July 2019
Where: Barbican Hall
Time: 8-10:30 pm

About the Project:
This project was conceived by MARSM in conjunction with Shubbak Festival in an attempt to commemorate the works of Rim Banna and spread knowledge and awareness of her legacy within the Palestinian cultural and musical heritage. The project, which was made possible by the generous efforts of partners and funders brings together an elite of musicians who worked and collaborated with Rim Banna throughout her lifetime. Inspired by Rim’s life and works, they have created a treasure of music reflecting on those experiences.

About the Artists:

Rim Banna Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

Rim was born and raised in Nazareth and studied music professionally in Moscow. She was one of the first musicians to document children’s music and lullabies taking them from the confines of closed rooms to the outside world in 3 albums. She also wove the poetry of giants such as Mahmoud Darwish, Tawfiq Zayyad and Samih El-Qasem into her songs, blending pop, poetry and traditional Arabic sounds, Rim Banna became a voice for peace and equality, collaborating with the likes of jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, Norwegian choir Skruk and Arabic electronica collective Checkpoint 303. Her last album “Voices of Resistance” was a conceptual piece of art uniting her spirit of resistance, poetry and medical scans with Checkpoint 303’s electronic beats and Bugge Wesseltoft’s edgy piano improvisations.

Tania Saleh Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

Tania Saleh is a contemporary alternative Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist. Her lyrics mirror the reality of the Lebanese/Arab social and political turmoil. Since her early debut in 1990, she has experimented with various genres, always challenging herself to explore new styles. Her collaborations are very eclectic: Ziad Rahbany, Toufic Farroukh, Issam Hajali, Charbel Rouhana, Ibrahim Maalouf, Rayess Bek, Khaled Mouzannar, RZA, Nile Rodgers, Charlotte Caffey, Tarek El Nasser, Natasha Atlas and more.
Tania Saleh created a special mural to commemorate Rim Banna and produced a video with music of the whole process. The video can be viewed here.

Faraj Suleiman Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

One of the most promising musicians of the Arab world, Suleiman is a Palestinian composer and pianist whose music is strongly influenced by Arabic/Eastern melodies and rhythms. He often incorporates those scales and modalities in his compositions. In addition to being inspired by his Arabic culture, he is also influenced by Tango and Jazz traditions.

Bu Kolthoum Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

Born in Damascus to a family of sufi background, Bu Kolthoum is a rapper, music producer, and film director who has been revolutionizing political rap in the Middle East. His 2017 album Bo’Bo’ was completely produced, mixed, and mastered by him. His sound can easily be distinguished amongst other Middle Eastern rappers because of the old-school sound accompanied by tearing bass-lines.

Sabrine Jenhani Listen/ Watch/ Read/ Facebook

Originally a fine artist and painter, Sabrine graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Tunis, but discovered early on her passion for singing and writing. She started off as a singer in rock to move onto jazz singing at famous clubs in Tunis. She imbibed her inspiration from her work in the Tunisian capital while slowly exploring the underground scene there. She went on to become an icon of music through her first project in the group YUMA. Sabrine today composes her own music and writes her lyrics and is working on her latest project named "ZAY" which she released in January 2019.





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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...