Talakik

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Hakim's third Western outing, following hard in the footsteps of his live album, is definitely a mixed bag. The tracks rooted in his native Egyptian sha'bi, like "El Salam" and "El Kalam Da Kebir," sizzle, while "Ya' Maya" is a track that takes him to the next level, with its stunning fusion of sha'bi rhythms and Egyptian classical music under a lyrical tale of hidden homesickness. And "Ya Albi," co-produced by Machete and Narada Michael Walden, uses a near-reggae beat to bring together the voices of Hakim and merengue star Olga Tanon, with some thick bass and an excellent Spanish rap from Kemo of Delinquent Habits. So far so good -- and the majority of the record is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Hakim's third Western outing, following hard in the footsteps of his live album, is definitely a mixed bag. The tracks rooted in his native Egyptian sha'bi, like "El Salam" and "El Kalam Da Kebir," sizzle, while "Ya' Maya" is a track that takes him to the next level, with its stunning fusion of sha'bi rhythms and Egyptian classical music under a lyrical tale of hidden homesickness. And "Ya Albi," co-produced by Machete and Narada Michael Walden, uses a near-reggae beat to bring together the voices of Hakim and merengue star Olga Tanon, with some thick bass and an excellent Spanish rap from Kemo of Delinquent Habits. So far so good -- and the majority of the record is excellent. The problem comes when Walden has sole control of the board. He has his schtick, and it works well for him. The problem is, it wasn't made for Hakim, making tracks like "Feelin' Good" and "Aho Aho" into lightweight froth that diminishes the overall impact of the record and ruins its overall feel and continuity. Hakim remains a rising star, but for his own sake he needs to stay away from Walden in future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Ark 21
  • UPC: 618685005328
  • Catalog Number: 850053
  • Sales rank: 100,647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Salam (4:07)
  2. 2 Ya Albi (3:58)
  3. 3 Talakik (5:51)
  4. 4 Halla Halla (3:48)
  5. 5 Habet (4:17)
  6. 6 Ya'maya (7:26)
  7. 7 Aho Aho (4:15)
  8. 8 Telefon Zoghayar (3:40)
  9. 9 Shofc Ya Albi (3:30)
  10. 10 El Kalam da Kebir (4:15)
  11. 11 Shawaatena (4:16)
  12. 12 Feelin' Good (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hakim Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Olga Tañón Vocals
Kemo Rap
Narada Michael Walden Drums, Keyboards
Keziah Jones Guitar
Farouk Mohammed Hassan Accordion
Timothy Whelan Guitar
Shaker Ismaïl Rababah
Andy Kremer Bass Guitar
Dominique Grimaldi Bass, Bass Guitar
Said el Artist Percussion
Tamer Ghoneim Violin
Medhat Abdel Samie Violin
Hani Farahat Violin
Technical Credits
Scott Gordon Engineer
Scott Mathers Engineer
Narada Michael Walden Producer
Hamid El Shari Producer
Antonio Hernandez Producer
Hamid Mantu Producer
Timothy Whelan Producer
Hakim Composer, Executive Producer
Nagah Abdel Hamid Contributor
Araby Executive Producer
Marc Welter Engineer
Dale Voelker Graphic Design
Martin Beal Engineer
Mohamed Aly Contributor
Sameh El Mazni Engineer
Ihab Mahboub Producer
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