The Rough Guide to Arabic Lounge

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This doesn't quite play by the normal rules of lounge music. Yes, there's plenty to chill the ears, but also a fair bit that falls outside those boundaries, such as Amit Esaffar's modern jazz take on "Khosh Reng (Maqam Awj)," or the self-explanatory "Taksim Cello 1," a lovely, haunting piece that's more thought-provoking than relaxing. "Johnny Guitar," by the late and very great oud player Munir Bashir, is like a master class on the instrument, rather than background sound, although it is deceptively smooth. Dozan's "Ya Mo" is wonderfully lush, but hides its darkness, making it compelling. However, the odd one out, beyond any doubt is "El Huerfanito (Ya Habibi Ta'ala)," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This doesn't quite play by the normal rules of lounge music. Yes, there's plenty to chill the ears, but also a fair bit that falls outside those boundaries, such as Amit Esaffar's modern jazz take on "Khosh Reng (Maqam Awj)," or the self-explanatory "Taksim Cello 1," a lovely, haunting piece that's more thought-provoking than relaxing. "Johnny Guitar," by the late and very great oud player Munir Bashir, is like a master class on the instrument, rather than background sound, although it is deceptively smooth. Dozan's "Ya Mo" is wonderfully lush, but hides its darkness, making it compelling. However, the odd one out, beyond any doubt is "El Huerfanito (Ya Habibi Ta'ala)," which is pure Cuban son from the Middle East, played by Hanine y Son Cubano. It introduces a jarring note, just as the jazz does, and serves as a reminder of just how cosmopolitan the Arab world is. Natacha Atlas' contribution is refreshingly soft, even if it does borrow its bassline from Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," bringing some gentle funk to the proceedings. It all ends with a spacy, disorienting track from Azzddine with Bill Laswell -- a true desert trip. The second CD in the set is some bubbly Arab pop from Akim el Sikameya.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2010
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633123029
  • Catalog Number: 1230
  • Sales rank: 126,941

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Al Guineyna (3:45)
  2. 2 Hayati Inta Reprise - Natacha Atlas (6:23)
  3. 3 The Hymn of the Sea - Rim Banna (4:33)
  4. 4 Ladyfingers - Charbel Rouhana (1:43)
  5. 5 Dakhalti Marra Fi Guineyna - Soumaya Baalbaki (3:29)
  6. 6 Taksim Cello I - Emad Ashour (2:53)
  7. 7 Lamouni (Ligharou Meni) - Ishtar Alabina (4:32)
  8. 8 Khosh Reng (Maqam Awj) - Amir ElSaffar (7:44)
  9. 9 Voice of Spirit - Smadar Levi (4:36)
  10. 10 Mathadish El Gadar - Mohamed Sawwah (6:37)
  11. 11 El Huerfanito (Ya Habibi Ta'ala) - Hanine y Son Cubano (3:48)
  12. 12 N'Kodo - Djamel Laroussi (4:09)
  13. 13 Johnny Guitar - Munir Bashir (3:01)
  14. 14 Ya Mo - Dozan (3:26)
  15. 15 Taksim Bouzouk - Mohamed Hussein (1:08)
  16. 16 Droub Al Lil - Azzddine (5:32)
  17. 17 [CD-ROM Track]
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chouia L'Mon Coeur - Akim El Sikameya (4:12)
  2. 2 La Ruban Noir - Akim El Sikameya (3:59)
  3. 3 Le Sultan Tyran - Akim El Sikameya (4:27)
  4. 4 Ya Waadi - Akim El Sikameya (4:05)
  5. 5 Ma Chaude Comme Le Braise - Akim El Sikameya (2:44)
  6. 6 Cahwa et Fleur D'Oranger - Akim El Sikameya (3:01)
  7. 7 Sa Majesté Lila - Akim El Sikameya (4:06)
  8. 8 Leila - Akim El Sikameya (3:50)
  9. 9 La Fille du Wali - Akim El Sikameya (4:38)
  10. 10 Amertume - Akim El Sikameya (3:43)
  11. 11 Selma Et Samia - Akim El Sikameya (5:11)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Natacha Atlas Composer
Harvey Brough Composer
Philippe Eidel Arranger
Rune Arnesen Arranger
Farid el Atrache Composer
Mohamed Moustafa Composer
Gjermund Silset Arranger
Sandra Alayon-Stanton translation
Marc Eagleton Composer
Traditional Composer
Pat Jabbar Composer
Nili Belkind Sleeve Notes
Charbel Rouhana Composer
Djamel Laroussi Composer
Rim Banna Arranger, Composer
Adriana Garcia translation
Akim El Sikameya Composer, Lyricist
Ghazi Abdel-Baki Composer
Smadar Levi Composer
Azzddine Ouhnine Composer
Amir ElSaffar Composer
Leonid Alexeienko Arranger, Composer
Mohamed Hussein Composer
Jerome Tao Composer
Midhat Assem Composer
Laurence Cedar Mastering
Fathy Koura Composer
Zuhaira Sabbagh Composer, Lyricist
Irène Rognier translation
Taher Abo Bakr Composer, Lyricist
Shireen Abu-Khader Arranger
Michel Elefteriades Arranger
Cécile Cée Photo Courtesy
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