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Beladi: A Night at the Pyramids
     

Beladi: A Night at the Pyramids

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by Chantal Chamandy
 
Across the pond in 2006, those tastemaking Brits just couldn't get enough of "You Want Me," the fiery and exotic debut track from Chantal Chamandy that would ultimately become part of the Egyptian born (of Lebanese and Greek descent), Montreal raised singer's ultra-sensuous, explosively romantic debut Beladi. A powerful remix of the song by See more details below

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Across the pond in 2006, those tastemaking Brits just couldn't get enough of "You Want Me," the fiery and exotic debut track from Chantal Chamandy that would ultimately become part of the Egyptian born (of Lebanese and Greek descent), Montreal raised singer's ultra-sensuous, explosively romantic debut Beladi. A powerful remix of the song by Brian Rawlings (Cher's "Believe") burned up the dancefloors in London and hit number four on Music Week's Upfront Club Chart. The video, shot in Morocco, received heavy airplay on London's MTV and The Box, that city's equivalent to VH-1. Despite all of this success throughout the U.K., the song, like the singer herself, is truly an international, multi-cultural affair. Its English lyrics are complemented by passages in French, her first language. Musically, the driving, sweeping textures of "You Want Me" and the other 13 tracks on Beladi capture exciting elements of all the styles she was influenced by -- Latin (the collection features the lush guitar work of former Gipsy Kings member Chico Castillo), Indian (her musical partner Subir Dev hails from Bangladesh), and Middle Eastern. Chamandy is fiercely loyal to her personal lyrics, conveying the expressions at hand much like an emotive interpreter. Her dedication to the importance of love and happiness in human relationships extends to "Ask Chantal", an advice to the lovelorn column she has written on her website. She reveals waves of vulnerability and elation, loss and conviction, love and desire, all with the wisdom that derives from her being a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and lastly, a strong woman whose wanderlust has led her to the far corners of the earth, both spiritually and physically. While "You Want Me" is best known for its propulsive rhythms and sweeping exotica, its lyrics about a woman coming into a relationship from a position of strength are meant to empower people who have been hurt in relationships. "Crazy," featuring various passages in French, is about the joys of giving up playing the field when you've found your true soulmate. The tender ballad "Feels Like Love" reflects on the idea that if it's real, it shouldn't be complicated, while "Peace" is dedicated to her young son, Harley. Two of the songs feature foreign language titles: "Zindegi," which means "life" in an Indian language, is based on a real person's heart wrenching decision to rebel against her parents and reject an arranged marriage in favor of being with her true love. The closer "Salma Ya Salama" is Chantal's half-French, half-Arabic-language rendition of a traditional Arabian song. In conjunction with the release of this infinitely exotic and appealing debut, Chamandy also released her historic DVD Beladi: A Night at the Pyramids; in 2007, she became the first person ever granted permission by the Egyptian ministry to perform and film a concert at the base of the Pyramids' Great Sphinx. Broadcast in the U.S. on PBS stations nationwide, the concert features the singer backed by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and dancers that include Canadians, Egyptian "tanoura" dancers, and Ahmed Nabil, the principal dancer of the Cairo Opera House Ballet Company.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0771028512829
catalogNumber:
85128

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Performance Credits

Chantal Chamandy   Primary Artist
Linda Benoy   Background Vocals
Joel Campbell   Keyboards,Vocals
Monique Fauteux   Background Vocals
Yves Frulla   Piano,Keyboards
Juan Jose Carranza   Guitar
Julie Leblanc   Background Vocals
Miguel Medina   Percussion
Stéphane Montanaro   Piano
Chico Castillo   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Breton   Percussion
Subir Dev   Piano,Keyboards
Eric Khayat   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Joel Campbell   Arranger,Composer
Marc Portman   Arranger,Composer
Yves Frulla   Arranger,Composer
Marjorie Maye   Composer
Jeff Barnel   Composer
Chico Castillo   Composer
Chantal Chamandy   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Deborah Chang   Contributor
Subir Dev   Arranger,Composer
Moreno Lombardi   Composer

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Beladi: A Night at the Pyramids 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful voice, but not the kind of music that tickles my fancy. Definitely an acquired taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting music. Not exactly what I normally listen to, but very good nevertheless. Beautiful voice, would like to hear her doing some jazz.