Orient Express

fri 23 oct 2020 19:00 

Arabic Music : Mohamed Abdel Wahab Part II

 The second episode dedicated to one of the founders of the modern Egyptian song:  Mohamed Abdel-Wahab (1902-1991). You can listen to the first episode by clicking here  During his long career as a singer, composer and producer, he was by far the most influential in the popular music of all Arabic speaking countries. Composing and producing songs to most Egyptian singers and other Arab stars as well. His singing style and choice of lyrics, his collaboration with well-known poets (like Ahmed Shawqy), his processing of melodies from around the world and use of Western instrumentation and modern music production have changed the Arabic popular song -even the musical taste- forever. He was rooted in the traditional Maqam and singing traditions, yet always looking for innovation and modernization which didn’t go without controversy. He was sometimes criticized  for his orientation to Western music.


1. Ya garat El Wadi                                               05:56
2. Fil-leil lamma khelli                                         06:43
3. Balak ma’aa meen                                             06:13
4. Ya Shiraan 06:10
5. Indama yaati el-massaa (When the evening comes) 05:57
6. Shagani nuhak ya bulbul.                                                6:09
7. Youm Said ( Un jour Heureux – Instrumental ) .              03:03
8. Taqsim Ud Rast (Ud improvisation) 05:56
9. Ya Wabour (Oh Train where are you going/taking me) 05:53
10. El Nahr el Khaild  (The eternal Nile) (part of).
Alle muziek geschreven en gezongen door M Abdel Wahab.

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