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Ishtar: The Voice of Alabina
     

Ishtar: The Voice of Alabina

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by Alabína
 
For her solo release, Alabina singer Ishtar dropped the flamenco sound favored by her usual collaborators Los Ninos De Sara and instead released a collection of Arabic-flavored dance-pop. Several cuts, such as the disco-flavored "Depuis Qu'il M'aime" sound tailor-made for a club, but others have a much darker

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For her solo release, Alabina singer Ishtar dropped the flamenco sound favored by her usual collaborators Los Ninos De Sara and instead released a collection of Arabic-flavored dance-pop. Several cuts, such as the disco-flavored "Depuis Qu'il M'aime" sound tailor-made for a club, but others have a much darker, more mysterious bent. "Lamouni" is a swirling, Arabic track that shows off Ishtar's impressive voice to its fullest while "Last Kiss" (the only song in English) is a dark, epic ballad that wouldn't sound out of place on a Kate Bush album. The real standout cut, though, is the spectacular "Yalla," which perfectly meshes Ishtar's Middle Eastern sound with techno rhythms and intricate production. The album can sometimes seen uneven, attempting to balance the lighter dance and pop cuts with the more experimental material, but the sequencing and production iron out some of the differences, and Ishtar's voice is powerful enough to lend distinction to even the most formulaic material. Ishtar: The Voice of Alabina does a superb job of mixing traditional and modern sounds, and will please anyone looking for striking original world music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Atoll Music France
UPC:
0632427694526
catalogNumber:
91115

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alabína   Primary Artist
Ezzedine Bouzid   Lute
Sameh Catalan   Violin
Rabah Khalfa   Percussion
Claudine Steenackers   Background Vocals
Patrick Hampartzoumian   Percussion
Jacques Veneruso   Guitar,Vocals
Ronny Gold   Piano
David Naulin   Violin
Farhat Bouallagui   Violin
Cyril Tarquiny   Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Daniel Romeo   Bass
Katarzyan Alemany-Ewald   Cello
Fred Fraikin   Clavier
Frédéric Mangeon   Viola
Philippe Morel   Violin
Eric Courrèges   Viola
Daniel Dato   Violin
Eve Djembi   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michel Abihssira   Arranger,Producer
Jacques Veneruso   Arranger,Producer
Christophe Battaglia   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Ronny Gold   Arranger,Producer

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Ishtar: The Voice of Alabina 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
La Voix D'alabina is an albun for the world. Alabina's range combined with the beautiful instrumentalism of the band Ishtar is unparalleled. There is a fine range between the up beat discoteque tracks and the sensual mystique of the ballads. The music goes from romantic to menacing. Wish more of this music played in the U.S. I only found out about this album at an International Bookstore in Manhattan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is great! i bought it in paris just b/c i wanted a french CD,,and you know what! i definalty got something better than i thought i did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want something a bit more avante guard than the usual stuff to bellydance to, this one is definitely it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent album. Very upbeat and exotic. But where's 'Cest La Vie'? The version I purchased in my local B&N had this as the first track,and it's one of the best songs on the album. Before purchasing,I'd recommend looking for the version with this track.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was Great, just like all of the other Alabina/Ishtar CDS
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this cd at a store on the listening station , played it and loved it ,,,, Yoou don't need to speak French to enjoy this great cd ** ISHTAR ** 5 star