Acoustic Arabia CD

Subtler music of the Arabic world which has been inspired by the region’s traditional music.

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On previous collections, Putumayo has explored upbeat Arabic pop and dance music (Arabic Groove and North African Groove) and laid-back Arabic electronica (Sahara Lounge). With Acoustic Arabia, they turn their attention to the subtler, more organic music of the Arabic world which has been inspired by the region’s traditional music.  With their stripped-down arrangements and softer, more introspective quality, the songs on Acoustic Arabia highlight the fundamental beauty of the music of the Arabic world. This collection features an intriguing roster of artists, including several international stars and exciting new discoveries. Each musician has a fascinating life story that brings added depth to their music.

One of the best-known featured artists is Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi, whose contemplative songs address social and political issues and were banned by the conservative government. Maurice El Medioni, a world-renowned Jewish piano legend from Oran, Algeria first began performing alongside Arab musicians during the golden age of the Algerian music halls of the 1940s and 50s, and is still tickling the ivories as an octogenarian. The band Tiris

Les Orientales, fronted by three divas - Mouna Boutchebak, Saléha and Sylvie Aniorte-Paz, revisits Algerian music hall songs of the post-World War II era. For more than 20 years, musicians from all over the world have met in the RAS, a magical oasis in the Sinai desert by the Red Sea. Sudanese singer Jamal Porto’s “Gamar Badawi” was written and recorded at the RAS oasis. Zein Al-Jundi was born and raised in Damascus, Syria and moved to Austin, Texas where she performs, teaches belly-dance and owns a store selling Middle Eastern arts and crafts. She not only provided a song, “Wijjak Ma’ii,” but also wrote the album’s liner notes.

The gentle emotion and entrancing melodies of the songs featured on Acoustic Arabia will help listeners deepen their appreciation for the rich music of this part of the world.

The songs are:
hails from Western Sahara and is made up of refugees who have been part of the struggle to reclaim their homeland from Morocco which now controls the region.

1 Jamal Porto    Gamar Badawi  
2 Les Orientales    Alger, Alger  
3 Rasha    Azara Alhai  
4 Charbel Rouhana and Hani Siblini    Mada  
5 Tiris    Tiris Nibreeha  
6 Souad Massi    Ghir Enta  
7 Zaman    Batalti Eli  
8 Mousta Largo    Les Larmes de Boabdil  
9 Maurice El Medioni    Tu n'aurais jamais dû  
10 Zein Al-Jundi    Wijjak Ma'ii

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