Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Listen to this episode at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/top2018

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.

You can listen to the show below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/top2018



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.


NUMBER 1
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


NUMBER 2
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  [izif.com] 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


NUMBER 3
Juliana Yazbeck
Alihat
Sungod

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

 NUMBER 4
Yusor Hamed Ft Synaptik
Sholi Jarali
Single

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.




NUMBER 5
Narcy (ft Mashrou Leila)
Time
SpaceTime

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.



NUMBER 6
Damar
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


NUMBER 7
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


NUMBER 8
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

NUMBER 9 
Mike Massy
Baddi Dii
Bravo

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...


NUMBER 10
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


NUMBER 11
Jawhar
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.




NUMBER 12
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.





NUMBER 13
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.



NUMBER 14
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


NUMBER 15
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.

NUMBER 16
Cz101
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.


  
NUMBER 17 
Khansa x Zahzah
Khayef

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.


NUMBER 18
Albaitil Ashwai
Sindibad
Nuun
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.




NUMBER 19
Mada
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."



NUMBER 20
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
ونانسول

You can listen to the show where the above artists are showcased below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/top2018



Saturday, January 5, 2019

ِA Day in San Francisco with Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar


Dr. Ramzi Salti (middle) with Khaled Mouzanar (left) and Nadine Labaki (right)

December 2018 was a month to remember because I finally got to meet and interview two amazing Lebanese artists whom I have long admired:  Lebanese Director Naine Labaki and her husband Composer/Producer Khaled Mouzanar.  The couple was in San Francisco to promote Labaki's new film Capernaum.

Here are some pictures and short video clips from that day--including some that were taken at an exclusive screening of Capernaum by the AFMI which overseas the Arab Film Festival.  Here I must thank Serge Bakalian and Sony Picture Classics for making this interview possible.  Shukran also to Ahmad Anka for taking the pics + videos.

Pics from my interview with Nadine Labaki in San Francisco:
Listen to the interview at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/nadinelabaki



Pics from my interview with Khaled Mouzanar in San Francisco:



Short video message by Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzannar (in Arabic) for my Stanford students + Arabology radio show listeners 
Watch below or at https://youtu.be/dttkISpBjWM


Pics from AFMI private screening of Capernaum in San Francisco featuring the film's star, child actor Zain Al Rafeea:





Pics from Q&A session following film screening:
AFMI's Serge Bakalian (right) with the Lebanese trio


Video clip from Discussion following film screening:
Watch below or at https://youtu.be/jX5c3eHS9Ds


Film trailer for Capernaum, currently playing in US theaters: https://youtu.be/ULUo0048xZE



Two scenes from Capernaum




For more info about the Oscar nominated film Capernaum see https://sonyclassics.com/capernaum/





My Translation of a Fairuz Classic: I Loved You in the Summer




Fairuz: Habbaytak Bil-Saif [I Loved You in the Summer]

فيروز – حبيتك بالصيف
On a cold winter day
بأيام البرد وأيام الشتي
Where the pavement is a lake, and the streets are drowning
والرصيف بحيرة والشارع غريق
She would come from her old house
تجي هاك البنت من بيتها العتيق
He would tell her "wait for me," so she would wait in the street
ويقلا انطريني وتنطرعالطريق
He would leave and forget her while she withered in the rain
ويروح وينساها و تدبل بالشتي
I loved you in the summer, I loved you in the winter
حبيتك بالصيف حبيتك بالشتي
I waited for you every summer, I waited for you every winter
نطرتك بالصيف نطرتك بالشتي
Your eyes became my summer, mine became your winter
وعيونك الصيف وعيوني الشتي
Our meeting place my love will be beyond seasons and time.
ملقانا يا حبيبي خلف الصيف وخلف الشتي
A stranger passed by and she gave me a letter
مرقت الغريبة عطيتني رسالة
Written by my beloved with tears of sadness
كتبها حبيبي بالدمع الحزين
I opened the letter, but the words were missing
فتحت الرسالة حروفها ضايعين
Days flew by and the years sealed our fate
ومرقت الأيام وغربتنا سنين
And any trace of your letter was erased by the rain.
وحروف الرسالة محيها الشتي

Lyrics: Rahbany Bros
Music: Rahbany Bros
Nahawand
1970


كلمات الأخوين رحباني
ألحان الأخوين رحباني
مقام نهوند
تاريخ 1970 




Monday, December 10, 2018

Ramzi Salti Interviews Director Nadine Labaki + Khaled Mouzanar


I am proud to share my radio interviews with (1) Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki and (2) Producer/Musical Composer Khaled Mouzanar who composed the Capernaum كفر ناحوم soundtrack as well as the score for Labaki's previous films Caramel and Where Do We Go Now?




At the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco, November 2018

This interview was recorded in San Francisco on November 18, 2018 while Labaki and Mouzanar--who are married in real life--were promoting the film for Sony Pictures Classics. The film is set for its U.S. theatrical release on on December 14, 2018.

My interview with Nadine Labaki: https://soundcloud.com/arabology/nadinelabaki

My interview with Khaled Mouzanar at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/khaledmouzanar

This film has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award and has been selected as a candidate for the 2019 Oscar race. It also won the Prix du Jury at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival as well as "Best Foreign Language Film" at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards.

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For more info about the film, see https://sonyclassics.com/capernaum/

To watch the movie trailer, see https://youtu.be/ULUo0048xZE



Short video of Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouanar greeting Stanford students + Arabology listeners in Arabic: https://youtu.be/dttkISpBjWM



With thanks to Sony Pictures Classics, The Arab Film Festival and The Arab Film and Media Institute.

To listen/share my Arabology interviews and podcasts, please go to https://soundcloud.com/arabology

Friday, December 7, 2018

'The Migrant Kitchen' TV Show Celebrates the Man'ouche منقوشة

Watch at this link
The latest episode of the Emmy Award winning TV series The Migrant Kitchen (aired on December 5, 2018) highlighted the cuisines of two Palestinian women whose culinary skills have long received much critical acclaim in the San Francisco bay area. The episode was titled Man'ouche منقوشة  and showcased Chefs Reem Assil and Lamees Dahbour (aka Mama Lamees), both of whom have long attempted to use food to bring their homeland closer to Western tolerance and acceptance.

You can watch the trailer at this link or you can watch the whole show below or at https://www.kcet.org/shows/the-migrant-kitchen/episodes/manoushe


The show also included interviews with Stanford Lecturer/Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti + AROC Director Lara Kiswani.



You can also read this article about the show (featuring quotes by Dahbour, Assil, and Salti) at THIS LINK

Read full article at this link

"The Migrant Kitchen" is an Emmy®-winning food series that explores California’s booming food scene through the eyes of a new generation of chefs whose cuisine is inspired by the immigrant experience. Visit the kitchens of those who have transformed the culinary landscape of the state, combining traditional ethnic cuisines and a fusion of new flavors and techniques to make it a food capital of the world. "The Migrant Kitchen" is produced in association with Life & Thyme.

For more info about the show, please see https://www.kcet.org/shows/the-migrant-kitchen

Monday, November 26, 2018

Ramzi Salti Discusses Music of Arab Spring at Portland State University

Watch video at https://youtu.be/d46Auymv26s

Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti gave a talk about the music of the Arab Spring (and beyond) at Portland State University on November 18, 2018.  The talk was titled "Music of the Arab Spring and Beyond: From Revolution to Revelation" and was given by special invitation by the Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon - AACCO.

You can watch video experts from the lecture below or at https://youtu.be/d46Auymv26s

The talk was meant to go along with this YouTube Playlist


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Ramzi Salti Moderates Film Discussion of "From Baghdad to the Bay" in Oakland, California

Watch the talk at https://youtu.be/9HVkecq0KMo

This discussion following the screening of the award winning documentary "From Baghdad to the Bay" at the Arab Film Festival 2018 was recorded on October 19, 2018 at the New Parkway in Oakland, California. It was moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti and Co-presented by Human Rights Watch San Francisco and the International Rescue Committee in Northern California. Q&A session was moderated by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti ft Director Erin Palmquist + star of the film Ghazwan Alsharif + Christine Lemonda, Deputy Director of Programs at the International Rescue Committee in Northern California. Special thanks to Serge Bakalian and The Arab Film and Media Institute for organizing the Arab Film Festival, the nation’s oldest and largest Festival of Arab films! Also many thanks to Alexander Farrow (AFF) and to Scott Schwerdtfeger for allowing me to use video highlights from his footage. "From Baghdad to The Bay" follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the US military. After being wrongfully accused of being a double agent he is ostracized from his family and country. The film follows Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

You can watch discussion excerpts below or at https://youtu.be/9HVkecq0KMo


You can watch the trailer for the film below or at https://vimeo.com/155901926

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Ramzi Salti Discusses Music of Arab Spring Using Zoom Video Communications

Watch at https://youtu.be/zNaTLgmmJ4s

On November 16, 2018, Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti discussed the music of the Arab Spring with a remote audience using Zoom Video Communications, a company operating from San Jose, California that provides remote conferencing services using cloud computing. 


You can watch the lecture below or at this link: https://youtu.be/zNaTLgmmJ4s



This lecture  was meant to along with this YouTube Playlist (or scan below to get to Playlist): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Scan code above to go to Playlist

This lecture was presented to the fellows in the Stanford Global Studies Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) program. More info below.

 Arab Spring Music: From Revolution to Revelation
An Audio Visual Lecture by Dr. Ramzi Salti (author30@gmail.com) 
Lecturer at Stanford University + Radio Host of ‘Arabology’ @KZSU 90.1 FM 

Dr. Salti's Arab Spring Music YouTube Playlist

1. Noor - Don't Wanna (Arab Spring / ربيع العرب)

2. El général, the voice of Tunisia, english subtitles

3. My word is Free ( كلمتي حرة ) , English Subtitled (Tunisian revolution)

4. Emel Mathlouthi - Kelmti Horra (Orchestral Version) (+English, French and Arabic Lyrics)

5. Revolutionary Art: Ramy Essam and The Protest of Tahrir Square

6. Ramy Essam at 60 Minutes - CBS News تعذيب رامى عصام 9 مارس

7. Music Amidst Revolution

8. Ramy Essam - Bread Freedom

9. Cairokee - Ethbat Makanak - (English subtitles)

10. Cairokee ft Aida El Ayouby Ya El Medan (English Subs)

11. Massar Egbari - Wana Kol Ma2ol | وأنا كل ماقول - مسار إجباري

12. Massar Egbari - E2ra El Khabar | مسار إجباري - اقرا الخبر

13. Massar Egbari - Read The News

14. Eskenderella Short Report

15. Eskenderella – Safha Gedeeda

16. Youssra El Hawary - El Soor

17. Ibn Thabit feat. MC Swat - Victory or Death (English Subtitles)

18. Ibn Thabit نداء لشباب ليبيا إبن ثابت

19. Khaled M ft Lowkey - Can't Take Our Freedom

20. Souad Massi - Raoui English translation

21. Souad Massi – Raoui (Live)

22. Rachid Taha - Ya rayah (English subtitles)

23. Amine AUB & Masta Flow - Kan Ya Ma Kan (Music Video) | أيوبي و ماسطا فلو - كان ياما كان

24. Mashrou Leila on Dateline: Rocking the Middle East

25. Mashrou' Leila - Ghadan Yawmon Afdal

26. Zeid and the Wings - GENERAL SULEIMAN

27. Zeid Hamdan and Maryam Saleh | Eslahat

28. Fareeq El Atrash - Lawein & Ba'ed Min Hon (Video Clip)

29. Tania Kassis - Islamo-Christian AVE (live at l'Olympia) | تانيا قسيس - الصلاة الإسلامية المسيحية

30. Tania Kassis - Watani (live from Sydney Opera House)

31. Tania Saleh - Omar & Ali عمروعلي LIVE

32. Tania Saleh – It’s Springtime

33. Hiba Tawaji - Al Rabih Al Arabi [Official Music Video] (2014

34. Tanjaret Daghet - Ta7t El Daghet / Under Pressure (Official Music Video)

35. Tanjaret Daghet Our Dream for Syria

36. Omar Offendum - #SYRIA

37. Malek Jandali - Watani Ana

38. DAM - Change Tomorrow with English Subtitle

39. DAM featuring AMAL MURKUS - If I Could Go Back In Time لو أرجع بالزمن

40. Rim Banna - The Absent One

41. JOWAN SAFADI – TO BE AN ARAB

42. JOWAN SAFADI & TAMER NAFAR - AWAL BAWAL

43. Revolution Makers - غزة افتحي قلبك - صناع الثورة

44. Basel Zayed - Gaza

45. Jadal - El Makina (Official Lyric Clip)

46. Yazan Al Rousan Feat. Hana Malhas - Trouh

47. Narcy featuring Shadia Mansour - "Hamdulillah" Official Music Video

48. SHADIA MANSOUR FT. OMAR OFFENDUM - لازم نتغير (We have to change)

49. 47SOUL - Mo Light (Official Video) | السبعة وأربعين - رفّ الطّير

50. Yasmine Hamdan – Balad

Saturday, October 20, 2018

New Arabology Podcast Highlights Indie Arabic Music from North Africa


https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology121

The latest episode of my Arabology radio show (Oct 2018) highlights indie Arabic music from North Africa. You can listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology121




Arabology is a radio show that airs on KZSU 90.1 Fm (Stanford) and is hosted by Stanford University Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti.  This episode featured music by Taha El Hmidi, Temenik Electric, Babylone, Jawhar, Fahmi Riahi, Sabry Mosbah, Yuma, Imed Alibi (featuring Mounir Troudi an Michel Marre), Youssra El Hawary, Cairokee, Mazeek, Nawawe, Mimi Amina + more.

The show also featured interview with some of the Techwadi/Injaz Egypt winners who visited Stanford earlier this year to promote their amazing projects.

Listen to the show at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology121


Thursday, September 13, 2018

Arabology Interviews Jordan-based Syrian Artist Rana Sunaij

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/ranasunaij
Recorded on August 13, 2018 in Amman, Jordan.  Listen to the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/ranasunaij



Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Jordan-based Syrian artist Rana Sunaij at her atelier in Amman, Jordan.



Born In Damascus, Rana Sunaij entered the world wide-eyed and surrounded by a big loving family that were all creative. After studying Literature at the University of Damascus, she left to California to follow her dream of studying art. However, after getting married to an Austrian diplomat, her path changed and took her to Cairo, Egypt where her “nomadic lifestyle” began. The Austrian artistic heritage of Klimt, Kokoshka and the Wiener Werkstätten had lasting effects on her. During a short yet intensive stay in Sri Lanka her work was lastingly influenced by the brightly colored tropical flowers and the paradise like landscapes of the land.

When, in 2006 she moved to Jordan, she instantly “fell in love” with the country and its people. The colors and the vibrancy of Middle Eastern culture left a lasting legacy on her artwork.
For samples of Rana Sunaij's work, see:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Ramzi Salti Moderates "In Between" Film Discussion at Stanford

Watch video at https://youtu.be/AB0Yw12qwJk
Stanford Lecturer + Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti moderated a lively film discussion at Stanford on June 13, 2018 following the screening of Maysaloun Hamoud's film "In Between بر بحر לא פה, לא שם"

The film was part of Stanford Global Studies' annual film festival featuring movies from all around the world. This summer's theme was “Friends & Family: Tales From Near and Far.” This screening was sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies.

Below is a video of the film discussion, moderated by Dr. Ramzi Salti, in which members of the audience expressed various points of view that contributed towards a much needed discourse that centers on women, gender roles and marginalized sexualities in the Middle East.

Watch the video below or at https://youtu.be/AB0Yw12qwJk






Musical Trailer for the film "In Between" (Created by William Sakhnini)



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...