Angel Beach, Vol. Relax 2: Sublime Music for Reading and Lounging. Producer, Arranger. Quattro Bravi Ragazzi. Richard Horowitz. Primary Artist, Composer. Film Works. Ryuichi Sakamoto. The Soul of Healing Meditations. Deepak Chopra. Sussan Deyhim. Strings, Sample Arrangements. Steven Halpern. Main Personnel, Ney. Any Given Sunday, Vol. Producer, Primary Artist.
Laurel MacDonald. Three Seasons. Producer, Composer. Steve Shehan. Nay, Transverse Flute. Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses. Duncan Sheik. Best of Ellipsis Arts: Global Meditation. Ney, Keyboards, Composer. Produced by Ethem Zeytinkaya, the result is exciting and highly danceable.
Halil Karaduman, kanun; Ercument Batanay, yayli tambur; and Ergin Kizilay, ud, play famous works of the classical repertoire of the Ottoman court. CD with booklet in English, German and Spanish. Put on your coin belt and wiggle those hips!
Musically it is an interesting CD as well. Among other highlights, their is a vocalist with a beautiful voice, who sings on "Li Yaaraf Issir" and some interesting sampling from DjurDjura. This is an Awesome CD. In fact Zehwaniyya is somewhat idolized as a result of her outspoken lyrics on questions of gender relations, freedom and romantic involvement.
Her straightforward lyrics create quite an uproar among conservative audiences, in turn endearing her even more to her fans. This woman is an incredible talent.
Her vocals are rich and emotional, the rhythms exciting and the instrumentation fascinating. She makes particularly effective use of something the CD booklet calls a "gasba flute," a traditional North African flute that produces a beautiful sound.
The music and texts are traditional, written in both Arabic and Tamazight the Berber language. Not to be missed! This is a family band descendent from five generations of musicians in Western Algeria.
Now residing in France, this group distributed its first album in the Arab markets of Paris. See the cover to the right! It was a big hit, and deservedly so. Entertaining and melodic, these songs, in both Arabic and French, are definitely worth a listen. This is song craftsmanship at its best! Great vocals! The album is called "Le melange sans appel" and that about sums it up. Some songs are in French, some in Arabic, but most are in a mixture of both.
The music, too, is a mixture of melodies rhythms and harmonies, from Algeria, France, the US, etc. What this eclectic mix makes for is high energy mix with a rock and roll flavor, yet far to be rich to be so easily categorized. In the end, the best way to describe this CD is with adjectives like original and innovative.
Interesting lyrics, too! Chaabi is a genre of popular music form Algeria and Amar El Achab is one of its masters. He is also a mandolin virtuoso. The recording is impeccable and the music marvelous. Read more about him here in French. For example, on the title track Sinead O'Connor sings back up and her harmonies are haunting.
According to the liner notes on this album, he improvises his lyrics and songs in accordance with the Kabylie tradition.
These songs are sung in Tamazight, but the instruments used are both electric and traditional--not only from the Kabyle, but also from South America and Central Europe. According the CD notes, this recording is the result of a serious of fortunate accidents which led to Abdelli being "discovered", accidents for which the listener should also be grateful. This star of French song was born into a Jewish family in Algeria, and began his musical career playing "malouf" songs in a Constantine Orchestra.
For 40 years after leaving Algeria, Macias ceased performing Arabic songs publicly, but on this CD he returns to his roots. She began here career in the forties and has had a very prodigious output, although much of it is difficult to find today. Her lyrics celebrate wine, sex and men in a way that would make a lot of Western singers blush. In the mood for poetry? Listen to Ait Meguellet because he is one of Algeria's most respected Kabylie poets.
Books have been written on this one poet's contribution to the North African repertoire of poetry in Tamazight. Any album by Ait Menguellet is an absolute gem!! If you have seen a North African film in recent years, you may well have heard the music of Safy Boutella. He has composed the scores for many such movies. Trained in Europe, his music defies classification.
It is heavily influenced by Jazz, western Classical music and, of course, the Arabo-Islamic world. He is a true musician, however, so vocals are minimal and when included they are part of the music and not the central focus.
I anxiously await his next album! Takfarinas is often nicknamed the "Prince of Kabyle music. Takfarinas succeeds in marrying great party music with meaningful lyrics. Khaled, or Cheb Khaled as he was once called, is undoubtedly the Maghreb's best known artist and perhaps the best selling living Arab singer. Khaled began his career in a band that did covers of songs from the Moroccan groups Nass El Ghiwane and Jil Jilala, and has said that he turned to music as an escape from his turbulent youth.
The beloved Britpop veteran stops by the Tiny Desk with songs from his new album, Saturns Pattern — and one from his best-known record, Stanley Road. Scientists have finally decoded the language of music. See young jazz musicians honor their departed elders at a cemetery that's more like a hall of fame. We'll call it in the air: is going to end up being a great year for music.
Here are 25 albums we fell in love with over the year's first six months. These taut, righteously furious, stone-simple songs fit together under a catchall concept about companies wielding extraordinary influence over our quality of life. Eight years after going on indefinite hiatus, the trio is back. They'll release a new album on Jan.
Where Hides Sleep, Mamzelle Marcillar, Japan - Quiet Life (Vinyl), Googie Chillum - Freddie King - Texas In My Blues (CD, Album), Brao Tha Laos, Schnibble - Win Bent - Wet Weather Creek (CD, Album), I Like It (Radio Edit) - Various - Trance 2004 Vol.3 Music 4 The Next Generation (CD), Scene Nine (Conclusion), Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Michael Nesmith - The Older Stuff - The Best Of The Early Years (CD), Iron Maiden - The Evil That Men Do (Vinyl), Without Me - Various - Suicide Squad (The Album) (CD, Album) Estranged - Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II (CD)