Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms, Vol. 1

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The obvious tie-in for this collection of modern Middle Eastern funk is "Desert Rose," Sting's collaboration with Algeria's prince of rai, Cheb Mami, which was a hit car commercial before becoming a hit single. But the deserts of North Africa and the Levant are lush with Oriental pop, from Cairo's movie music to the ancient Berber funk of Morocco, and this compilation runs the gamut from the exuberant Egyptian heartthrob Hakim "Esma Yalli" to the gritty snarl of French Algerian provocateur Rachid Taha "Qalantiqa". Following the lead of the titular single, Desert Roses includes nods to Arabic rhythm from diaspora diva Natacha Atlas representing with the seductive "Mon ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The obvious tie-in for this collection of modern Middle Eastern funk is "Desert Rose," Sting's collaboration with Algeria's prince of rai, Cheb Mami, which was a hit car commercial before becoming a hit single. But the deserts of North Africa and the Levant are lush with Oriental pop, from Cairo's movie music to the ancient Berber funk of Morocco, and this compilation runs the gamut from the exuberant Egyptian heartthrob Hakim "Esma Yalli" to the gritty snarl of French Algerian provocateur Rachid Taha "Qalantiqa". Following the lead of the titular single, Desert Roses includes nods to Arabic rhythm from diaspora diva Natacha Atlas representing with the seductive "Mon Amie La Rose", her old U.K. bandmates Transglobal Underground the dubby "Pomegranates", and Colombia's Soraya, who rode the incipient wave of Middle Eastern/Latin groove cf. Shakira on her '97 hit "I'm Yours." As the titles alone indicate, this crossover-friendly mix is just right for turning hot nights at home into French Riviera fiestas -- thoughtfully included is a special Club Med-style remix of "Desert Rose" by house DJ Victor Calderon.
All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
Inspired by the success of Sting's collaboration with Cheb Mami on "Desert Rose," this 13-song sampler provides an accessible introduction to contemporary music that's connected to North Africa/the Middle East. Balancing Arabian rhythms with modern dance beats and ouds with electric guitars, these songs (several of which are sung in French or English) indicate how musicians have integrated different traditions into modern pop. The album begins with Natacha Atlas, whose haunting and alluring rendition of "Mon Amie la Rose" (a song previously recorded by Francoise Hardy) is likely to motivate many listeners to seek out her Gedida album. "Pomegranates," a song by Atlas' former British bandmates Trans-Global Underground, isn't quite as compelling; however, the group's ethno-techno fusion does provide a different perspective on how musicians have drawn on Arabian sources to create new sounds. Other examples include Iran's Andy, who updates a traditional Persian number; Algeria's Rachid Taha, whose track features Western strings and backing vocals by female trance group B'net Marrakesh"; and highly respected oud and violin master Simon Shaheen, who rearranges "I'm Yours" by Colombian vocalist Sorya. Egyptian vocalist Hakim, who is enormously popular in his homeland, provides a fine example of sha'bi street pop; Tunisia's Latifa, Algeria's Faudel, and Iraqi-born Kazem Al-Saher provide further examples of multicultural pop music; and Khaled's "Aalach Tloumouni" indicates that the compilers did not forget to include the King of rai. Meanwhile, the Prince of rai, Cheb Mami, gets two tracks on this compilation: the lithe "Hay Wadi Hay Galbi," which enhances the album's quality, and a Victor Calderon dance mix of his duet with Sting, which enhances the album's marketability. Unfortunately, some of the selections come perilously close to bland mainstream pop that seems slightly exotic because of the novelty value of the Middle-Eastern influences (e.g., Tunisian-born vocalist Amina's "Dis Moi Pourquoi"). However, most of the selections are good and overall this is a reasonable place to start an exploration of world music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • Label: Ark 21
  • UPC: 618685001825
  • Catalog Number: 850018
  • Sales rank: 125,456

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mon Amie la Rosa - Natacha Atlas (4:43)
  2. 2 La Valse - Faudel (5:04)
  3. 3 Aalach Tloumouni - Khaled (5:02)
  4. 4 Inchallah - Latifa (4:00)
  5. 5 Desert Rose - Sting (4:44)
  6. 6 Chie Begam - Andy (4:46)
  7. 7 I'm Yours - Soraya (4:12)
  8. 8 Dis Moi Pourquoi - Amina (3:45)
  9. 9 Hay Wadi Hay Galbi - Cheb Mami (3:41)
  10. 10 Pomegranate - Transglobal Underground (5:28)
  11. 11 Esma Yalli - Hakim (4:00)
  12. 12 La Titnahad - Kazem Al Saher (4:49)
  13. 13 Qalantiqa - Rachid Taha (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cheb Mami Synthesizer
Simon Shaheen Violin, Oud
Sting Bass, Guitar
Gail Ann Dorsey Bass
Zachary Alford Drums
Kouider Berkane Strings
Richie Cannata Saxophone
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Nicolas Fiszman Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Hossam Ramzy Percussion, Qanoun
Manu Katché Drums
Kendall Kay Drums
Helen Liebmann Cello
Bob Loveday Viola
Dominic Miller Guitar
Geoff Richardson Viola
Steve Shehan Percussion
Doreen Webster Harmonica, Vocals
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Rachid Taha Track Performer
David Hartley Sitar
Sameh Catalan Strings
Patrick Goraguer Drums
Farouk Mohammed Hassan Accordion
Nabil Khalidi Oud
Hamid Mantu Drums, Background Vocals
Mohamed Moustafa Keyboards
Spyros Poulos Keyboards
Aziz Ben Salam Ney
Timothy Whelan Guitar, Keyboards
Faudel Track Performer
Dr. Reda Bedaire Ney
Samier Srour Saxophone
Hakim Hamadouche Lute, Background Vocals
M Bass, Guitar, Percussion
Farhat Bouallagui Violin, Conductor, Leader
Mahmoud Serour Violin, Viola
Steve Postell Guitar
Amr Abdel Azeez Keyboards
Fadhil Falih Piano, Keyboards
Bino Guitar
Mustapha Ettamri Darbouka
Latifa Track Performer
Bassam Saba Nay
Ashraf Abdou Strings
Moulay Ahmed Strings
Saed Al Artist Keyboards
Mamdooh Al Jabali Oud
Moustafa Abd Al Nabi Violin
Hasan Abu Al Sioud Accordion
Majid Yihia Guitar
Mohammed Al Mabrouk Guitar
Hisham Al Arabi Percussion
Sheema Mukherjee Sitar
Salem Bnouni Strings
Hassan Lachal Percussion
Medhat Abdel Samie Violin
Maged Serour Qanoun
Doctor Mohsin Al Saed Guitar
Dhia Bader Percussion
Tarik Hamood Guitar
Nicholas Arnold Conductor
Ahmad Badeer Rhythm
Magdy El Bourghdady Trumpet
Moshein Cehntouf Darbouka, Bendir
Keith Cloustin Oud
Coleridge Rap, Djembe
Ahmed Ek Ayedi Percussion
Hani Farahat Violin
Wajdie Fouad Drums
Tim Garsaiddi Percussion
Tom Yum Hed Dholak, Dhol
Madgi Al-Bourghdadi's Group Overdubs
Yasir Malallah Rhythm
Michel Merhej Daff
Mahmoud Osman Viola
Pino Guitar
Khaled Rico Darbouka
B'net Marrakech Percussion, Vocals
John Rothfield Violin
Emad Taha Cello
Gurgut Sihra Dholak, Dhol
Ahmad Subni Rhythm
Tuuo Conga, Vocals
Technical Credits
Cheb Mami Composer
Simon Shaheen Arranger
Steve Hillage Arranger, Producer
Sting Producer
Andy Composer
David Arnold String Arrangements
Chris Blair Mastering
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Stevo Glendinning Executive Producer
Laurent Gueneau Engineer
Pete Hofmann Engineer
Hossam Ramzy Arranger
Kipper Producer, drum programming
Kevin O'Connor Engineer
Jeff Peters Engineer
Bobby Summerfield Programming, Producer, Engineer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Simon Osborne Engineer
Transglobal Underground Composer, Producer
Soraya Composer
Tim Malone Engineer
Jill Tengan Engineer
Mohamed Moustafa Arranger
Tom Rixton Engineer
Kris Solem Mastering
Victor Calderone Producer, Remixing
M Producer
Farhat Bouallagui String Arrangements
Mahmoud Serour String Arrangements
Dale Voelker Graphic Design
Dawn Elder Producer, Executive Producer
Rotana Producer
Kris Solomon Mastering
Andy Madadian Arranger, Producer
Kazem Al Saher Composer
Mara Abboud Cover Art
Ashraf Abdou Arranger
John Bevilacqua Production Director
Morteza Barjesteh Cover Graphics
Ismaeal Tonshbalk Contributor
Sameh El Mazni Engineer
Tom Yum Hed Contributor
Yasser Hessein Engineer
Ibraheem Kolah Contributor
Chris Nickson Liner Notes
Gurgut Sihra Contributor
Hamdi Sokar Producer
Miles Copeland Executive Producer
Nashat Lofty Composer
Collier Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not "traditional" Arabic music but a sampling of many different styles. You'll find tunes in English, French, Arabic. Some Rock, some techno, some pop. Sting and Cheb Mami have their world hit "Desert Rose" on track 5, but I also love track 7 "I'm Your"s where a Colombian star sings in English to music with both a hint of the Middle East and Latin America. Andy on track 6 blends Persian song with American rock guitar- another fave for me. All danceable, and inspiring enough to want the rest of the Desert Roses series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some Great Cuts

    This album has some great cuts on it and is a great introduction to Middle Eastern music for Westerners unaccustomed to non-Western music. Sting and Cheb Mami's cut of "Desert Rose" makes the album worthwhile initself, but there are a number of other really great pieces on this album. "Desert Roses 2" is equally good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rhythmic, Mystifying, and Exotic Sounds......

    The musical selections contained in this CD are sensual and upbeat and it is a good choice for those who are being introduced to Middle Eastern music for the first time. The mystifying and exotic sounds really bring out the flavor of the Arabic rhythms. It goes without saying that I enjoyed the pairing of Sting and Cheb Mami in "Desert Rose." Many of the artists on this CD, especially the senual voices of Natasha Atlas singing, "Mon Amie La Rose," Soraya singing, "I'm Yours" (in English), and Latifa's powerful voice in "Inchallah," were most enjoyable. I liked listening to Rachid Taha singing, "Qalantiqa." His music mixes Eastern and Western sounds together, producing an upbeat sound. I've played this CD over... and over... and over, again. I'm going to wear it out!

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