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    1. Arabic Groove
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    2. Sabla Tolo: Journeys into Pure
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    3. Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms,
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    4. Immortal Egypt
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    5. Faryad
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    1. Arabic Groove
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    Asin: B00005J6WU
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 2181
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    While not yet part of mainstream American music, Middle Eastern music, asevidenced by the rise of Algerian pop star Khaled in France,has sidled up to other club music forms in the hot spots of Paris,London, and elsewhere. To that end, Putumayo's Arabic Groovebrings us up to date with their compilation, a jubilant sonic partyrooted in ancient musical tradition and structure, steeped in the aucourant flavors of hip-hop, R&B, and other urban western forms.Lebanese, Egyptian, Moroccan, and Algerian artists such as formerLondoner Natacha Atlas (who has been featured with both Transglobal Underground and JahWobble) contribute 11 songs which lend themselves to sensual dance,exotic drink, and glamorous gatherings of multicultural hipsters.Traditional Arabic instruments such as the flute and oud blend withguitar, bass, and drums, laying down plenty of funk, fun, and full-onbooty-shaking rhythms. A heady high point is the disco-nomad jam"Leiley," a Transglobal Underground remix of a hit by Lebanesesongstress Dania. Arabic Groove is a feast of a sampler.--Paige La Grone ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mid-Eastern Dance Beats!
    This CD focuses on dancey and pop styles from various Middle Eastern and North African musicians, and I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer diversity I found on this CD. Egyptian pop music is placed side by sid with Algerian Rai and even more exotic styles. It is truely an excellent CD, especially if you are already familar with Cairo pop music or Algerian Rai. The music on this CD is incredibly modern and dancable.
    Big names, sch as Hamid el-Shaeri, Amr Diab, Natacha Atlas, Dania and the like make some excellent contributions to this CD. Hamid el-Shaeri's song alone is worth buying this CD for, and Natacha Atlas outdoes herself on Kidda. And thats not even getting into the incredibly beautiful remixes of Sawt el-Atlas and Dania.
    And, of course, theres also some Algerian Rai music on this CD, though not as much as one would expect. Khaled, the King of Rai himself, presents a excellent track, "Mauvais Sang", which is particularly moving. Theres also a track by Fadela & Sahraoui and a track from Cheb Tarik. However, this CD is very eclectic, and also covers Moroccan pop, Cairo/Arab pop, and styles even further afield.
    Over all, this is an excellent CD, and I stongly recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys Arabic or North African music, especially Rai or Cairo pop styles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So FUNky!
    This is a fun, funky, totally danceable CD. I love it and have had it in my CD player since it arrived. Some of the tunes I was already familiar with, such as Amr Diab's Amarain, and Natacha Atlas' Kidda. There are artists here that are new to me, and I'm looking forward to discovering their releases. My favorite tracks on Arabic Groove are Galbi, which has a driving back beat and a hip hop feel, and Heli Meli, a song that incorporates traditional rhythms and instruments, as well as some traditional sounding backing vocals by female singers.

    The packaging is great, with photos, lengthy bios and descriptions of the songs. These things, along with some English translation of the lyrics, help me to decide if a piece is appropriate to bellydance to.

    While this CD can skip from one track to the next just like a regular CD, when played straight through, there are no breaks because each song flows into the one following. It's perfect party music, put it in the player and let it go, and the dancing doesn't have to stop.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great sample of talent
    These songs hail mainly from N.Africa and share their Arabic language roots with their African hertiage. It's a really good introduction to some phenomenal artists of the region (my favorites are Amr Diab and Natacha Atlas). It might inspire you to take up bellydancing (or, if you are lazy, tap your feet while sitting around). I've had it for a while but I'm still not tired of it.

    Standout songs: Moi et toi, galbi, leiley, amarain, mani, kidda

    5-0 out of 5 stars it rox!
    i really liked this album and if anyone had the lyrics for "Hely Meli" and "Intil Waheeda" can you please email me?

    5-0 out of 5 stars SEXY MUSIC!
    Post 9/11, everything Arabic and Middle Easterm seemed mysterious and interesting. Where is a better place to start than music.

    You're gonna love this CD compilation. It's darn sexy! Tract #8 by Natacha Atlas is mesmerizing. What exactly is she singing about? Probably something beautiful and sensous, cause that's what it sounds like to me. Her voice is an aphrodisiac. Dania Khatib's "Leily" (tract #3) is just as beguiling, sad and absorbing. Amr Diab and Abdel Ali Slimadi also have unforgetable voices. The singing seems to be more about the words and the meaning they carry, and you can feel the passion in their voices. There's a lot of drums, flutes and guitars traditionally played but also have some techno pop synthesizer mixed in to give it an exciting, exotic pulse. And the best thing about owning this and other Putumayo World Music CD is the gorgeous art cover and the inserts telling you a little something about the music and the artist. If you are looking for an introduction to Arabic Music, this is a good start. ... Read more

    2. Sabla Tolo: Journeys into Pure Egyptian Percussion
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    Asin: B00004TRU5
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    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    If you think belly-dancing music is simple, this CD from Cairo-bornpercussionist HossamRamzy, the leader of Pharaoh's Egyptian Ensemble (he also toured with RobertPlant and Debbie Harry), will correct that assumption. Ramzy is a master of thedarbouka, the Egyptian version of the tabla; the title of this CD isactually an inverted play on words for "solo tabla." It contains about 45minutes of intricate and ingenious pre-Islamic, Arabic, andworld-beat-influenced solos and rhythms. With other percussion instrumentssupporting the darbouka, Ramzy creates a fresh, fertile crescent of soundstretching from the Nile to the Middle East, Morocco, and beyond. The track"Brazilian Pearls" features samba-fied grooves thrown in for good measure. Aninformative booklet details the rhythms of these Saharan syncopations, from"West Naima (Naima's Hip)" to "Samya's Solo." With stealth and skill, HossamRamzy shows us the legacy of his land through the belly dancer's hypnotic hips.--Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tabla Solo- Totally irresistable rhythms!
    This is a collection of intoxicating, energetic music that is impossible NOT to dance to for anyone who's moved by Ramzy's driving beat. There are a variety of types of rhythms and the included information sheet explaining their different names. There is a plethora of pleasurable musical knowledge and feeling in this CD. Ramzy is a master of Middle Eastern Rhythms. I especially enjoy the inventiveness of his OWN original rhythym patterns now added to the dance vocabulary that are included with the traditional basic rhythms. Happy dancing and listening enjoyment!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It simply rocks
    A "tabla solo" is a piece of music that is played on drums only. Hossam Ramzy is a virtuoso of the tabla, and his new drum solos are fun, engaging, sharp, innovative, with a lot of humour. I think Hossam Ramzy named this CD "Sabla Tolo" because he took a regular tabla solo and twisted it, adding unexpected combinations that would surprise anyone used to listen to Arabic music.

    Some of the tracks contain latin-inspired drums, but the overall feeling of the drum solos is still arabic in feel, and the outside influences blend nicely in the pieces without taking over.

    Hossam Ramzy's drums are gifts to the bellydance community. Thank you Mr. Ramzy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Got me back on my feet!
    Extraordinary! I performed 2 or more nights a week in clubs and restaurants for over 20 years and the "drum solo" was always my favorite. After 4 years off for medical reasons I recently started teaching but that "zing- grab-gotcha!!" that I got from my music just wasn't there till I put this in the CD player. Wow almost got a speeding ticket -this is the best drum work I have ever heard. Got to get it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ramzy Raqs!
    This CD is AMAZING! You wont find anything like it, unless it's by the same guy. Great for dancing! It's very hard to stay still while listening to it! For dancers, the music ranges from intermediate to complex. Advanced dancers will find a challenge here! One song in particular is a great drum solo, even for intermediate to advanced beginners. I'm creating a choreography to it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars **SHAKE IT, BELLYDANCERS!**
    The entire CD is an inspiration to me as a bellydancer. I can't help but want to dance when I hear the music and it gets the creative juices flowing for making up choreography! All tracks are fun, funky percussion - perfect for hip shaking and shimmying. A must for any serious bellydancer's music collection!!! ... Read more

    3. Desert Roses and Arabian Rhythms, Vol. 1
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    Asin: B00005A8LX
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 6042
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    When Sting collaborated with Cheb Mami on the Brand New Day track "Desert Rose," he created a surprising demand for Arabic crossover pop. This collection provides a suitable next stop for those whose taste was whetted by that collaboration. Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas opens the album with "Mon Amie la Rose," a maudlin little French tune she twists through her wringer until it is utterly transformed. "Desert Rose" turns up as a frisky remix by Victor Calderone, while Rachid Taha and the trance choir, B'Net Marrakech, appear in the compelling, orchestrated "Qalantica." Mami is heard on his own on one tune, but is eclipsed by the gut-shredding Khaled, the undisputed king of Algerian rai. The harder-edged electronic outings are standouts, while the tracks that are the Arabic equivalent of adolescent pop don't hold up nearly as well. This compilation, however, mostly eschews the dross in favor of tunes that go the distance.--Christina Roden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS CD NOW!
    This CD is perhaps the most beautiful and accessable CD of Middle Eastern music available in the west. I first heard this CD while with one of my Arabic friends, and I fell in love with it instantly. This CD covers a variety of styles, ranging from world fusion to Egyptian pop to Algerian Rai and almost everything in between. The name of this CD comes from the song "Desert Rose", which features Sting with Cheb Mami. A particularly haunting remix of this song is featured on this CD.
    There is a definate slant towards Rai on this CD. Aside from Cheb Mami, this CD also features superb selections from such legendary names as Khaled (THE King of Rai), Faudel, Rachid Taha, and another track from Cheb Mami. Theres also another western fusion, from Soraya, which I found to be particularly beautiful and moving.
    This CD also features two songs from two of the greatest female musicians of all time: Natacha Atlas' "Mon Amie La Rose" and Amina's "Dis Moi Pourquoi". Both of these women possess hauntingly beautiful voices, and both give excellent performances on this CD. Theres also an excellent song from the Trans-Global Underground.
    Rounding out this CD are some excellent selections of Arab Pop music. Hakim's "Esma Yalli" was particularly good, and prompted me to go out and buy his newest CD. Latifa's "Inchallah" was also very good. The other songs ("Chie Begam" by Andy, and "La Titnahad" by Kazem al Saher), were also very good. Over all, all of the songs on this CD are worth listening to repeatedly. This is such a great CD that I can't recommend it enough. Just go out and buy it, then buy the sequel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Arabic-influenced music
    I truly enjoy this album and disagree with those who do not feel it was worth the investment. Definitely a great introduction to Arabic cross-over music for those with a western palate. The song "Mon Amie La Rose," originally by Françoise Hardy, is so moving. Definitely check out the sample above. Natacha Atlas is divine. Several of the other songs like "Inchallah" stand out. But more than that, the compilation is pleasant and has good energy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating and Exotic
    Make an appointment for a massage and bring this CD along!
    You can almost taste the exotic spices of the Middle East while listening to it .
    I'm a Latina and have always loved Middle Eastern music!
    I find it exotic, sensual and intoxicating!
    My favorites in this CD are :

    MON AMIE LA ROSA = TOTALLY exotic and sensual !

    INCHALLA = This one goes deep into the soul with its happy energy !

    ESMA YALLI= Wow! I'd love to have Hakim sing this one for me
    on my birthday! While I dance with veils in the deserts of Egypt!

    QALANTIGA= Rachad Tahib has SUCH a manly sensual voice!Sexxyyyy!
    Plus the music is full of aroma and exotic spices!I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one!

    This CD is wonderful ! I wish I could understand the Arabic language !It sounds beautiful to my ears !
    Thank you to all the singers that contributed to this CD!
    BUY IT you're going to love it! I must had been from the Middle
    East in another life!!!!!No wonder I LOVE this music!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great for parties.
    This is a fun CD. Dancing to Arabic new music. Good selection. Great for parties.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    Not very thrilling or exciting. So, try to listen to all the songs first before you make the investment. My sincere suggestion. ... Read more

    4. Immortal Egypt
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    Asin: B00000DLWF
    Catlog: Music
    Sales Rank: 12245
    Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    This, the third pairing of Brit multi-instrumentalist Thornton and Egyptian percussionist Ramzy, further explores Middle Eastern dance motifs in a contemporary setting. Recording the basic tracks in the U.K., they went to Cairo and invited some of the top local musicians to collaborate. Flute, violin, ney, aud, rebala, and accordion flesh out these extended, ambient grooves in an evocative, textural tapestry aimed as much at the mind as at the feet. Reminiscent of Peter Gabriel's film scoring, Immortal Egypt has, with all its participants, enough cultural pedigree to satisfy World Music fans and sonic construction to please the headphone listener, but is probably too gentle for dance clubs, except for the most subtle sashaying. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful CD!
    I have been belly dancing for over 15 years and I would say that this is one of the most beautiful compositions of music that I have heard. It is not music for a set dance routine, nor is it a rendition of popular Egyptian music which can often be difficult for Americans to relate to. Rather it is very beautiful, authentically styled Egyptian music that is full of emotion and vision. I enjoy dancing to it as a form of moving meditation. It brings me joy and deep feeling and I find myself really being able to lose myself in the music. This, in my experience as a dancer, is what marks truly good music. It is also wonderful music to just listen to, especially if one wants to feel a musical connection to Egypt. I have found most of Hossam Ramzy's music to be great, including the renditions of popular songs by famous Egyptian singers. However, this CD is truly my favorite.

    5-0 out of 5 stars East and West Blend Beautifully
    Immortal Egypt has some really amazing musical creations. A wonderful marriage of East and West. In my opinion, the electronics get in the way sometimes, overpowering everything else, but not so much as to spoil the CD. This is such an amazing blend of traditional and modern, it has to be heard to be appreciated!

    I think it's fun to listen to, and some songs have great potential as dancing music. The music is an amazing marriage of East and West, producing fascinating results that really require more than one listening to appreciate. I am trying to think who would best appreciate this... anyone who can listen to any kind of music open-mindedly will likely love this. It doesn't lend itself to any category well; "new age" isn't quite right, Mid Eastern is certainly not. It's got some jazz-fusion elements to it, but I wouldn't keep it there, either. It really defies description!

    The skill of the musicians and the editing is apparent in every song. So even if you can't figure out where in your collection it belongs, it does belong there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Its PERFECT! A MUST-HAVE!
    This is a great CD... invokes so many different and opposite feelings! Its great for any setting.... erotica... loungeing... party.... or just relaxing. Definetely one of my favorites!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Return to Ancient Egypt



    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, beautiful cover
    All I have to say is, this album rocks the casbah baby! I love every single track and listen to it on the way to and from work every day. The classic instruments fused together with the modern instruments make such a great marriage, its hard to just sit and Listen quietly instead of dancing! Listening to this actually gave me a greater appreciation for Hossam's music. I have quite a few of Hossam's albums, but this one tops the chart. It also has the songs used for warm up in my class which was a really nice bonus. I think some of the songs might be used for peformance for an intermede/advanced student. Heck, even if I didnt dance, and just liked middle eastern music, Id definatly buy Immortal Egypt. ... Read more

    5. Faryad
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    Sales Rank: 4263
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    As a meeting of living masters, this collaboration between legendary vocalist Mohammed Reza Shajarian, his multi-instrumentalist/apprentice singer son, Homayoun, kamancheh (spike fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor plus Hossein Alizadeh, a noted exponent of the tar (lute) would be hard to top. Thus, it is not surprising that their recent USA tours were routinely sold out or that their debut album, Without You, was nominated for a 2003 Grammy. The tradition these artists so peerlessly exemplify is drawn from medieval Persian court music and Sufi devotional poetry. Intricate melodies flow outward from ancient modal tunings as the scratchy violin, rumbling tombak (a goblet-shaped frame drum) and plangent plucked strings alternatively mirror, augment and embark from Shajarian Senior¹s plaintive, soaring, preternaturally fluid flights of improvisation. That the performances were captured live under ideal sonic circumstances transmits all the immediacy of witnessing epochal interpretations as they flower from seed to deliriously fragrant full bloom. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thrilling
    Billboard magazine called Faryad one of the greatest cd releases of 2005.They were right !!

    This Iranian/Persian cd is haunting and exhilerating.Everyone should expand their musical library with this gem.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and very soulful
    A stunning 2-CD set of live performances by the Persian supergroup now known as the Masters Of Persian Music... Kalhan Kalhor (also of the group Ghazal) played the Ur-fiddle known as the kamancheh, with rhythmic accompaniment by Homayoun Shajarian on tombak and melodic counterpoint by Hossein Alizadeh on the tar (lute).One of Persia's greatest modern vocalists, Mohammad Reza Shajarian leads with lyrical, soulful interpretations of mystical poetry by various classic Persian poets.Both the vocals and the instrumental sections rely heavily on improvisation, and this element of all the artists being fully in the moment adds to the sense of conviction and emotion that characterize all the recordings by this widely lauded group.The first disc is mellower and more introspective, while several songs on the second set build towards a more frenzied, ecstatic release... If you've enjoyed earlier albums by Ghazal or the Masters ensemble, this live album will thrill you as a well.Recommended! ... Read more

    6. Bellydance Superstars 2 (Dig)
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    Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the most awesome bellydance compilation!!!
    Wow, what a great selection of songs! Each song is a pleasure to listen and to dance to. I have a wonderful time dancing to this CD for my dance shows and my students love it as well.
    This is the best bellydance compilation I've heard in years, and it's also better than the first Bellydance Superstars. Highly recommended to avid listeners of amazing Middle-Eastern beats and dancers who can't get enough of shake shake shake!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Superstars I
    This is a good cd, but not a great one. I was so excited when I saw Bellydance Superstars II, since the first CD is incredible! I use these for performing in restaurants and I felt that this CD didn't have enough variety to do a whole show. Most of the songs sounded like pop recordings, there weren't any "performing" pieces that had a lot of tempo changes and rythmn changes that would lend themselves to a great choreography. I'll still use some of these songs, especially the first track, but if you're looking for a repeat of the first Superstars CD, this isn't it. Hopefully Superstars III will be better!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it more than the first Bellydance Superstars
    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! The second volume shows a lot of maturity by the songs selected. I am very pleased with all of them, there is fun songs and more performance songs for stage. I really recommend Bellydance Superstars 2 for all styles to perform to and great to listen to. Way to go Bellydance Superstars 2, can't wait to see your performance in Los Angeles.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Bellydance Superstars Vol. 2
    This was not as good as Vol. 1 The songs were too long & while "authentic", weren't very danceable. Some of the beats are irritating, and there's hardly any plain acoustic songs. Skip this one and stick to Bellydance Superstars #1, which is far more danceable and not as melancholy as this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bellydance Superstars 2 ROCKS!!!
    You gotta hear it, it's fused with all kinds of wonderful beats for any listener, definitely not just for bellydancers. I'm not a dancer, but the songs are great just to listen to! I highly recommend it. ... Read more

    7. Without You
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    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    From the first moment when Alizadeh's lute gently breaks the surrounding silence, Masters of Persian Music holds you spellbound. Four top virtuosi, including a father and son, take Iran's ancient musical forms and turn them into a timelessly compelling entertainment. The first thing that strikes you about this music is how spare it is: voice, lute, fiddle, and drum are rarely all heard simultaneously; each takes its turn in the spotlight to improvise with economical deliberation. You may also be struck by the way each instrument shadows the others--with the voice merely first among equals--picking up the same melodic phrases, and repeating them higher or lower. And you will become aware of the richness of nuance woven into every note; this expressiveness lies at the core of Persian classical music. Its alternating high-and-low, question-and-answer phrases are often described as "aloud and silent"--a paradox that nicely reflects its mystical religious roots. Transmission of this art has always been from master to pupil, "from chest to chest," as Iranian musicians say. Kayhan Kalhor learned his art in the dark days when his instrument was regarded as hopelessly passé. His tenacity is now reaping well-deserved rewards. --Michael Church ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Exotic and professional
    Persian classical music is contemplative music linked to the poetry of Sufism. It belongs to a rich and ancient heritage, developed in the royal courts of Iran at least back to the 7th century A.D., and restricted to those courts until the 20th century. Since then the music has undergone change. It began to be performed at small gatherings at the homes of musicians and patrons of the arts. Following the advent of sound recording it became available to a wider audience, but went into decline after the 60s, giving way to pop music. Then after the revolution of 1979 there was a reawakening of tradition and the music once again became popular, being taught in classes rather than on a one-to-one basis, and played at concerts. In the last twenty years it has undergone further change by musicians exploring new avenues of expression while retaining the essence of the music.

    Poetry is an important ingredient. The vocal sections of this recording are set to the poetry of medieval mystic poets like Baba Taher (11th C.), Sheikh Attar (12th C.) and Hafez (14th C.), as well as contemporary poets.

    Creative performance is also an important ingredient. Persian Classical music is based on short modal pieces, often with just a melody line and a drone. The works on this CD are based on "dastagh Nava", a mode whose scale is similar to a minor scale with a slightly raised second, and embellished with virtuoso improvisations.

    Instruments played are the tar (a plucked lute), a kamancher (spike fiddle) and a tombak (goblet drum).

    This is a live concert featuring four prominent virtuoso musicians of Iran, bringing them together for the first time. The music is alternatively intense and meditative, flowing sinuously and vibrantly like a Persian carpet. Vocals may take a little getting used to but their exquisite fluidity is totally arresting, delivered by the undisputed master of Persian classical singing, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. The instrumental sections pulsate with energy and deft improvisation.

    Recording quality is excellent. This is a special album for those keen on exploring the unusual and exotic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Persian classical music at its best!
    Superb, simply superb, I would highly recommend this CD to any fan of classical Persian music. The collaboration between these master musicians and singer(s) is simply amazing.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Modern Persian music from a profoundly deep tradition
    Master vocalist Mohammad Reza Shajarian evokes Iran's ancient classical tradition, as well as its deep love of poetry. This fluid performance wraps improvisational, exploratory musicianship around the mystical texts of several medieval Persian poets. Shajarian is once again joined by Kayhan Kalhor, of Ghazal, as well as "tar" virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh and percussionist and co-vocalist Homayoun Shajarian, Mohammad Reza's son. This album is a searching effort, at times a little formless, while at others haunting and incandescent. Worth checking out, particularly if you liked any of the earlier Kalhor/Shajarian collaborations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! They express the essence of persian music
    As an Iranian American, I am not very familiar with Persian music, but after I heard an excerpt from this CD, I was caught by its beauty. This is the best classical Persian music I have ever heard. Beautiful!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Persian classical music!
    Although the Cd has a poor quality sound this is one of the best Persian classical music I have ever bought. Shadjarian, Kalhor and Alizadeh are absolutely astonishing! I saw them live few days ago and I immediatey bought the CD. Really worth it!! ... Read more

    8. Notre Dame de Paris
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular musically and visually
    This musical totally rocks! Awesome music, awesome singers, awesome music! What else can one ask for? It even rivals my all-time favourite Phantom Of The Opera! Spectacular performances by Patrick Fiori, Bruno Pelletier, Garou, Hélène Ségara (my fav), Daniel Lavoie, Luck Mervil and Julie Zenatti (basically all the leads) and emotions are felt clearly through this live recording of an Intégrale performance. Best songs are all the featured duets and triplets (is there such a thing?) such as the awe-inspiring and most beautiful "Belle", the pretty "Ces Diamants-Là", the heart-wrenching "Les Oiseaux Qu'On Met En Cage" and the attention-grasping trial scenes between Frollo and Esmerelda "La Torture" and "Le Procès". This musical is also great visually and I would recommend that you also get the DVD to couple with this double live Cd. Then you might both see and hear this record-making musical touted as the most successful in french history. I am pretty sure that this can also appeal to non-speakers of French since the storyline is not too hard to follow and one can actually catch a gist of what is happening through the arresting music and voices! I lent this recording to my non-french-speaking cousin and he was simply blown away! He told me that at the end he cried buckets when Esmerelda died and then he asked me where he could get this double-cd recording. I was amazed ... truly music is universal. This recording is an essential addition to any musical theater aficionado and a superb introduction to the French musicals scene. I also recommend Roméo et Juliette as another fabulous introduction to French musical theater. So what are you waiting for? This recording is simply a must-buy and while you're at it, grab the DVD live recording of the same performance! And you'll be enjoying it so much, you'll be pressing the rewind button a thousand times!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent musical ... WOW!
    I have never written any review before but I just have to rave about Notre Dame de Paris because it is simply AWESOME!! I'm a fan of musicals like Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Phantom but I was totally blown away after listening to Notre Dame. It is simply the BEST.

    Been recommending my friends to go for it but they look at me as if I'm crazy since none of us understand French. Believe me it really doesn't matter whether you speak a word of French or not ... you're just transported into a totally different world just listening to the beautiful tracks.

    My personal favourite would be Bruno Pelletier and Patrick Fiori although I think all of the cast is simply excellent in the parts that they play. What a voice and I still get goosebumps everytime I hear the love duet (La Volupté) between Phoebus & Esmeralda!!

    My recommendation is to get the 2 CD (Live French performance) album as all the songs are simply great and the concept album has only 16 tracks in it. Can Amazon please stock up on the DVD for the live performance in Paris? I will be one of the first to get a copy of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
    my friend burned me a copy of this and I listen to it almost every day. I listen to it at school all the time. Even though I have no idea what they are saying, it sounds so beautiful. Some of my siblings are taking french and some of the songs they can translate for me. It seems like everytime I listen to it, it makes my wanting to see the musical or buying the DVD more. I love the sound of Luck Mervil's voice who plays Clopin. My friend agrees with me too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastique...
    This whole musical (opera technically, I believe) is absolutely wonderful, so I'd recommend getting the complete recording or especially the DVD, but this has some of the good songs, though definitely not all. Most of the voices are amazing and definitely perfect for the part, except for Noa. I feel that Helene Segara does a much better job singing Esmeralda's part. I suppose Noa's voice is okay if you like that type of singing, but I don't. That aside, she doesn't sound like the young, hopelessly in love girl that Esmeralda is. She sounds much too old and I don't get much emotion from her voice.
    That's pretty much the only dark spot on this CD-- The music is beautiful, most of the singing is superb. I'd recommend getting it even if you don't speak French, because something is lost in the English translation, really.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece! Je sens l'amour qui s'eveille!
    Notre-Dame de Paris is a masterpiece. I first had the opportunity to hear the music in my High School French class. My parents both speak French fluently so I have grown up around it, but I never realized how beautiful the language really is! Garou's performance as Quasimodo was wonderful and now I am hooked on "Seul" (if you haven't heard it, you really have to!). The music is deep and moving. Even if you don't understand French it is still beautiful. It pulls you into the story and creates a great atmosphere.

    The musical is also amazing to watch. The movement is incredible and the vocals are indescribable. This CD is worth every penny!!!! Enjoy it!!!! Listen to the sample tracks and you will fall in love with it, just as I have! C'est magnifique!
    And to quote the musical itself, "C'est celui pour qui mon coeur bat!" ("It is the one for whom my heart beats!") Au revoir! ... Read more

    9. Best of Bellydance from Egypt, Lebanon, Arabia & Turkey
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful!
    I own this CD, and I believe it is a wonderful, wonderful compilation of artists from the Middle East. And the music is great to dance to-trust me, I know. I'm a belly dancer myself. The music from Egypt all the way to Arabia is, to me, traditional sounding. I recommend it completely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
    I bought this CD because I wanted to take up Belly Dancing, although I'm not Belly dancing I still play this CD a lot! I love the beats and the songs esp. track 3! Even if you don't Belly Dance you'll love it. I put this CD in and get lost dancing to the music so I get a great workout! If you love exotic music and dancing to great and fast beats you'll love this CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Varied & Diverse Although Often with an "Orchestrated' Sound
    This CD is a good start for listeners unfamiliar with the diversity of unique music and instruments from the Middle East and Arabia. The first six tracks are the most appealing as the music of each country, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and Arabia is presented. One can develop an appreciation and taste for the 'belly dance' rhythm, unique progression of musical paths, and traditional instruments, that compose this most outstanding and easily recognizable genre of music (and dance). While the music is "contemporary" it is also at times, highly orchestrated. Luckily this occurs mostly in *only* the last 6 tracks. The first 6 selections have an interesting introduction before the primary music is played, it begins with either a dumbek or kanun or tanbur (tambur, lute-like instrument) which teases the listener, knowing full well, it is an 'appetizer' before a sumptious musical feast. Most of the selections include very dramatic and captivating improvisations on *traditional* instruments, such as the ney, the kanun, or the violin. One is *easily* drawn into this sensuous and delightful music by the introduciton which, at times, is markedly different than the main musical melody. There is a musical transition musical to most of the selections that is smooth and very intense . The dumbek or other traditional instrument often defines the "raks araby" (Greek "tsitetelli", i.e. 'belly dance') styled rhythm although there are tracks when it is the lute or kanun which defines the rhythm.

    The most outstanding piece on the CD is track #1, "Aziza" (Arabia) played by Hosssam Ramzy and his orchestra. It is exotic and has jazz-like improvisations on the ney, violin, and kanun which capture the sounds, sights, and smells of the souk and casbah. You *know* you have arrived into another world of music ... Track #2 "Dert Ortagim Benim", is Turkish and played by Ensemble Huseyn Turkmenler. It begins with a dumbek intro that is soon accompanied by traditional instruments, the ney, lute, kanun, and violin. Together these instruments create a dynamic melody and rhythm that captivates the listener. Eventually each instrument, ney, kanun, lute, and violin is provided a solo opportunity to shine, to stand out, to be heard when it is played by a virtuoso, who demonstrates jazz-like improvisaitons and explores the full depth and breadth of musical possibilies on a solo instrument. #4 "Ghannili Sheway Sheway" by Hossam Ramzy and orchestra create a sensational sound, played on the ney, kanun, violin, lute, and keyboards ... this one creates labyrinthine musical pathways with unusual twists, turns, and curves. Hossam Ramzy is a master musician, world reknown for his creativity and stylizations of the Middle Eastern sound. #5 is translated as "Happiness" ("Saiedeh"). The music has Arabic influences, played on a violin or cello-like instrument, there are occasionally keyboards. The end is especially explosive with "ullalations", high-pitched vocalizations often done by women with the tongue against the pallate but can done by men also, during times of intense joy, happiness and unexpected pleasure. #6 sounds Egyptian due to the frequent dumbek rhythm, although somewhat orchestrated, they music retains the original flavor and ambience of Arabic music.
    Overall, this CD contains a wide variety of exemplary belly dance music, although it slightly disappoints due to orchestration, when traditional instruments would be preferable. Erika Borsos (erikab93)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mystirious Passionate Musique !!
    I love this ablum very much !
    It is not too noisy , too hard beat as some Belly Dance albums, but enjoyable groove floting in the air. Some fast and dance-able mixed with some groovy quite songs. Never too excited while not sleepy as some ethical albums.

    Track 8: "Gazal", composed and performed by Essam Rashad, is a beautiful track which had appeared in Natacha Atlas's debut album, but differnet version. Natacha's version has some chant, but here is a pure instrumental version which leads us into the stary desert .......

    Buy it !! It is low price now and it actually worth twice of it's price !!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Belly Dance
    This CD has great variety and selection. There's lots of different music to listen to. From the silky "Ya Cemil" to the jazzy "Sahara Groove," it's a good cross-section of modern bellydance music. For those who like a more traditional sound, this may not be for you.

    This is the CD to choose if you like contemporary music to dance to, or want to listen to modern Middle Eastern music. Dancers who prefer traditional stuff will probably not like this. If modern music is your style, there are some terrific selections on Best of Bellydance from Egypt, Lebanon, Arabia & Turkey. Since it's also a compilation CD from other CDs, it's also a good sampler of those other CDs. (The liner notes will tell you where the songs appeared before they were here.) ... Read more

    10. Rain
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    As on their previous releases, this much-admired Persian/Indian crossover duo have created a separate yet spacious universe that is tranquility incarnate. The musicans, who have named themselves after an ancient form of romantic poetry, perform on sitar (a multi-stringed Indian plucked instrument with a tall fretboard attached to a resonating gourd) and kamancheh (a sonorous but gutty-sounding spike fiddle) and voice, accompanied by a tabla virtuoso (a tuned skin drum commonly played in India and Pakistan). They wander hither and yon, seemingly traveling between dimensions of time, thought, and feeling. People who find Indian classical music too demanding for a beginner and/or have no idea what Persian music sounds like need have no fear. These three extended pieces, called "Fire," "Dawn," and "Eternity," may be somewhat rarified but they are also utterly accessible. Performing live before a respectfully rapt audience, Ghazal is at once sensuous, austere, fiery, and spiritual. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, but be warned
    First of all, if you have all of Ghazal's other CD's, you have heard several of these pieces. This live CD, recorded several years ago, is a phenomenal piece of music. The interplay of the musicians is nothing less than astounding, and the sound quality is lovely (typical for an ECM disk.) From meditative to passionate, there is a broad range of emotion displayed, all with faultless timing and skill. If you've never heard Ghazal before, this is a fine place to start. If you are a longtime fan, as I am, it's still a worthwhile CD, but when your ears perk up and you say, "Hey, wait. I know this!" it's because you do. In this, I was a little disappointed; I had hoped for new material from Ghazal (I preordered the CD as soon as I heard about it.) However, the fineness of the work itself assuaged any misgivings I'd had.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Driving Stories
    Many times in music we are easily disappointed when a child follows a parent into the arts. This seems especially true with attempts at song craft or mastering instruments.
    The offspring of great artists typically borrow too much and fail to create their own niche.

    I am pleasantly surprised to hear this isn't the state of affairs with Shujaat Hussain Khan, son of sitar master Ustad Vilayat Khan. He not only steps beyond strict Indian classical music, chooses a spike fiddler for a collaborator, but I also find his deft touch and pluck deliciously sharp and watery. Perhaps this is influenced by his belonging to the Imdad Khan School of the sitar where the style of playing is imitative of the subtleties of the human voice. Along as a passenger, an ideal sonic friend, the mercurial Iranian Kamancheh player Kayhan Kaldor.
    Sweet, timeless, music. Driving stories, full of images and emotions. ... Read more

    11. Astrakan Cafe
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    5-0 out of 5 stars a taste of exotica
    This still certainly rates as jazz, but just as much it gives the impression of a visit to... --well, uh, a cafe in Astrakan. Especially atmospheric is the clarinet play of sideman Barbaros Erkose, which produces just the right emphasis of exotica to complement Brahem's virtuostic oud play (is there a greater student of this instrument now recording?) and the unobtrusive backing percussion (bendir and darbouka). This is a tuneful but rather laid back kind of jazz, occasionally giving itself over to flashes of brilliant play. It sounds more than just a bit mysterious, but it is a naked mystery. Stripped of the kind of mood cliches one often hears in the soundtracks to bad films about Arabic lands, this music reveals some of the emotional secrecies that can be found at the heart of the cultures it strives to portray.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Musical Magic
    I just saw them play this set in Munich. The interaction of the oud, the clarinet and the drums is wonderful. The rhythms seem to pull at each other and then one instrumental voice rises to lead the others before floating back into tight harmony with the others. The album was recorded in a cathedral in Austria and captures some of the feeling of the live concert. It is emotional, haunting. It manages to be both jazzy and middle eastern at the same time without sacrificing anything for either identity. This is music to play on a late night, on a snowy day, or in a smoky cafe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This is my first experience with oud music, and I have to say I love it very much. This is a very relaxing CD, and I plan to buy more of Brahem's music. The only thing I would say contrary is that the clarinet is too overpowering at times. I have to turn my volume down a tad. But on songs like 'Parfum de Gitane' the instrument sounds perfect and magical. Thanks for the great CD.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Fusion Success
    I was searching for contemporary Arab music when I ran across this gem. Inspired by the music of the 'stans of Central Asia, this disc pairs Anouar Brahem's astounding oud playing with a clarinet and Moroccan drums (bendir and darbouka). The resulting fusion succeeds surprisingly well, comparable to the achievements in a different genre of Radio Tarife. Some of the tracks have a jazz quality reminiscent, at moments, of Benny Goodman. The highlight however is the unique title piece, which appears on two different tracks.

    On the down side, I still find the first piece (by the clarinetist Barbaros Erkose) disappointing, even after repeated listening. Moreover, the clarinet is over modulated in a few spots. With these exceptions, the music and the sound quality are both superb. This disc will reward the listener with a wealth of detail when played on a good audio system.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Traditional music from a Master
    I own around 1200 CDs, and I consider myself an expert in international music. This one CD stands out among a very few in my collection. I am going to try to describe it, but I won't be able to do justice; I can't find the right words. This fully instrumental CD (no singing) takes you to a magical land and recreates centuries of middle eastern imagery in the mind of the listener. This is not a CD like "Simon Shaheen"'s modernistic approach to Middle Eastern music. This is "traditional Middle East" with perfect harmony and perfect performance. I have played this CD hundreds of times since I purchased it. And I still love it like the very first time. ... Read more

    12. Baila! Gitano Baila!
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant followup to El Canzon de Moises
    Though it lacks the all-star line-up of his pretty spectacular first outing, El Danzon De Moises, NY Downtown percussionist Rodriguez seems more easily at home on this disc with this hybrid music--Jewish/Cuban. Sticking with a single group of musicians throughout (leader Rodriguiz, percussion; Matt Darriau, clarinet, Bulgarian kaval, tin whistles, and Chinese trumpet; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Ted Reichman, accordion, Hammond B3, and Leslie organs; Meg Okura, violin; Sam Bardfeld, violin; Mary Wooten, cello; Brad Jones, bajo sexto, and Roberto Luis Rodriguez, trumpet, valve trombone, and bombard), he achieves a more consistently rendered soundscape, one combining the best of both worlds: the joyous, jazzy dance vibe of Afro-Cuban and the mournful melancholy of Jewish sensibilities.

    Which proves to be a very potent brew--kinda the best of both worlds, each remaining true to its cultural insights but resonating marvelously with its opposite. Thus, you get a huge range of feeling not only throughout the entire disc, but usually on each number. The typical result is a mysterious sensibility partaking of each element but magically transcending both.

    Certainly worth checking out by anyone at all interested in either of these marvelous world musics. ... Read more

    13. Very Best of
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    5-0 out of 5 stars you know you want him
    If you enjoy Arabic music or have some rhythm, you probably own this CD already. Amr Diab has a beautiful voice and a wide range of talent. The songs are just the right tempo and I can listen to the CD the whole way through without jumping for the remote (and how many CDs can you say that about?). Whether you speak Arabic or not,its easy to appricate his talent. No wonder he's so loved in Egypt.

    Standout songs: kalby ekhtarak, amarain, nour el ain, el alem alla, bahibak aktar, habibi

    5-0 out of 5 stars I AM IN LOVE WITH AMR DIAB
    Amr Diab has to be the best Arabic singer out there. Not only is he undeniably hot but his music is good enough to make you weak in the knees. Tamally Maak has to be my favorite out of all his songs. The deep, emotional melody just pulls at my heart and it's amazing how the music just makes you FEEL. Along with Tamally Maak, my favorites happen to be Alem Alla and Akther Wahed and of course, Habibi!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Arab voice
    If anyone would want to appreciate Arabic songs, he must start with Amr Diab. Anyone who would listen to him would fall in love with his voice, the melody and the pain that is contained in it. Listen to his songs and you will for sure be one of his fans. I am not much of an Arabic music person, but this guy I love him. EVEY PENNEY IS WORTH IT FOR THIS CD.

    5-0 out of 5 stars He's hot he's a genius and he's very talented
    You Rock,,,this guy is very very talented!...He keeps impressin us with his tunes,and keeps gettin hotter and hotter !!
    Yo represents ~*~!! Every track is master piece for real, it's so cool how he mixes arabic tunes with spanish, salsa and hiphop !! Excellent album, luv it luv it

    5-0 out of 5 stars International Caliber
    What is it about Amro Diab that attracts us to his work? He's not gifted with the best of voices out there and there are certainly more songs with a stronger theme than the ones he chooses to delve into. So the question, yet remains, what is it about him that makes us feel good when we listen to his music?

    And the answer is right there. It's the music.

    Diab realized that for the arabic music to achive stardom, he would have to merge a number of thematic music genres together. His first outtake was incorporating a latino flavor to his earlier 90 songs. That shot him up to fame, not just in his home country of Egypt, but throughout the Arab world. Though his act was reviled as being a rip off of the Gipsy Kings, none looked twice. As long as he was turning out catchy tunes, people were going for it. Add to the fact, his eloquent choice of women showcased in his video clips, I think that immortally rendered him a superstar in his own right

    I didn't get to know how popular he was, until I walked into a club in Denver and was caught completely off-guard when I heard his song on the speakers and people dancing away. Diab reaized that embracing the latino flavor would work out well for him, and he was right.

    With the rising Latin music coming out off the woodwork with the appearance of Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, it is ironic that who actually tested the waters with this concept was someone with no latin in his bones. Recently, though, Diab has fallen back to imitate the very same superstars that he influenced first. If not in music, but in terms of clothing and setting and concept of his video clips.

    This compilation of greatest hits, brings on a variety of work, spanning more than 4 albums. The best songs are showcased. The listener would not feel bored while going through this gemof an album. On the contrary, it just proves why Amro Diab is the Middle East's best selling modern artist. ... Read more

    14. Bellydance Overdrive (Dig)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars So many beautiful songs on ONE CD!!!!
    This has a great variety of songs!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars East Meets West, Shall We Dance?
    The versatile dancer will find that the traditional and the modern go hand in hand in this new CD. For those who like to slither and undulate across the floor or do some fast spins accompanied by serious hip-drops while knocking out a rhythm on the segat/finger cymbals, this is a dancer's album. If you are giving a house party or if chilling out is your thing, "BD Overdrive" is a must have for your music library. It's all here. Peace.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's not for beginners
    This is not for a beginner belly dancer. But a must have for professionals.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invigorating and Brilliant
    Last month I got this this album as a birthday gift. It's awesome!It has an excellent variation of traditional belly dance music and techno/arabic one. Turbo tabla 2 and 3 are a brilliant drum solo made for the professional dancer who will keep up with the beat. It allows you an amazing opportunity to experiment with different moves or show off the moves you've mastered. Another great song is the first one (longa). Listen to it while your eyes are closed and imagine the universe as your stage. I am really thinking of performing it without coreographying it. It forces you to dance and move like a QUEEN!!!! If you know Flaminco, you can mix in a few steps in both songs 4 and 11. I also know that my finale will be song no. 10 coz of the energy of the music and the space it creates for the professional dancer. I buy a lot of belly dance music. In most cases I like maximum of 2 songs from the entire album. This is the only one so far that is INVIGORATING AND BRILLIANT in its entirety!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not good mid eastern music
    I was disapponited with the music. I have been a mideastern dancer for many years, and it is hard finding good music. Especially without listening to it first. I did not like the music plus, I could not dance to it. I would not recommend this cd ... Read more

    15. Whirling
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Ethereal
    You all know there's alot of "garbage" music on the the market and on the airwaves these days. If you are truly ready for something completely different, try this! You'll be transported momentarily to another time and place!

    5-0 out of 5 stars the first and the best of Tekbilek
    all what they say is true - if you even remotly like mideast music You really have to listen to this one...

    again and again and again

    5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific album
    This was Tekbilek's first solo album following a series of collaborations with Brian Keane, but it's a winner. Although he pays extensive tribute to the Sufi musical tradition, he covers a wide range of Middle Eastern music, from "Gawazi" (which perfectly captures the sound of the Egyptian gypsy entertainers), to the more Central Asian-feeling "Caspian Winds." "Old Man's Dance" is spunky and dignified at the same time. And if you're a belly dancer, "Fly Away" is a great veils piece. I found the final track rather vague and airy (especially compared to some of his later work in the same vein, e.g., the conclusion of "Mystical Garden"), but it's pleasant to listen to. Tekbilek is a wonderful musician, as are all his collaborators, and they deliver masterful performances. Keane generally keeps his electronics in a tasteful supporting role rather than getting in the way of the traditional instruments. This is an album I'll definitely play often.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Prepare to start whirling!
    If you can keep from jumping up and dancing, then you aren't listening to this CD! The music compels you to move, to spin and dance. Aside from one track, which was mediocre, each song is filled with emotion. Truly beautiful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Whirl from body to mind
    I must try and restrain myself from panegyrics of an excessive kind. This is not easy as that is precisely what I feel compelled to do. So many different styles and moods on the one album and all of them inspired. A great album that grows and expands the more you listen to it. ... Read more

    16. Anouar Brahem: Le pas du chat noir
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    The Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem has chosen to work in a trio setting this time out, accompanied by Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Brahem states in the liner notes that these pieces were actually composed on the piano, emerging while he was taking a much-needed short break from his primary instrument. While Pas de Chat Noir ("The Black Cat's Footsteps") is a change of pace, it is a not a terribly remote detour. Brahem is still in his favorite space, exploring the power of implication, and the other players are in synch with his vision. All three participants sound muted, relating to one another in parallels rather than in a heated dialogue. The result is a spacious, romantic pastiche of Farid El-Atrache, Astor Piazzolla, Keith Jarrett, 19th- and 20th-century French impressionists (especially Eric Satie), plus shades of every strung-out, enervated, after-hours nightclub jam that ever was. --Christina Roden ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars bubbling under the surface
    Anouar Brahem has turned out an impressive series of recordings over the past ten years. This one is his most sublime yet. Brahem states that all the music here "emerged from the keys of a piano," which perhaps doesn't sound very unusual, except for the fact that over his career (and this CD is no different) he has pretty much limited his on-recording play to the oud. In "Le Pas" three instruments--oud, accordion, and piano--are featured, and most of the time only one or two are playing. The result is a minimalist kind of jazz full of wandering and subliminal paths, the kind of music that one can either play in the background during other creative activities, or deliberately wander along with. Don't expect dramatic climaxes or fast paces in this fare; the emphasis is more on the wistful, the reflective, and the sympathetic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wondrously Temperamental.
    Nostalgic au fond, originative in practice, Brahem's music this time is a transonic undertaking that weds original lineaments of Eastern music to piano, guitar, and accordion. Virtually cinematic in its assemblage, it communes with imagination's infinitude. As a writer and painter, I play it to summon the 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; all 9 if I can. Joining vehement forces with pianist Francois Couturier and accordionist (accomplice) Jean-Louis Matinier, Brahem has strained the piano and conquered yet a new dimension of timbres without straying from the celestial orbit of his North-African motifs. 'Le pas du chat noir' is perhaps an afternoon in Tunis, redolent of Moorish vestiges, array of Phoenician mosaics, and peppermint tea. 'De tout ton coeur' is charmingly Levantine, as if evoking an ancient journey to Carthage. 'Leila au pays du carrousel,''Un point bleu,' and 'C'est ailleurs' further attest to his renowned prowess as an Oud maestro. 'Toi qui sais' is cautiously unhurried; a mellow piece of contemporary instrumentality interjected by Brahem's Oud signature that never deviates from its intimate lieu, even during experimental moods. 'L'arbre qui voit' is a culmination swaying gently in the breeze; a tempo passed on to him by the movement of a tree he could see from his window, as he beautifully explains in the CD leaflet. It's a miscellanea of Oriental Jazz (a la Ziad Rahbani and Toufic Farroukh), laid-back Tango, Middle-Eastern lines that stir calligraphic visualizations, and stargazes. In league, his compositions manifest a musical/visual vision and aptitude he substantiates, unshared amongst his peers in world music. This production toppingly lends a flavour of momentous craftsmanship to an Anouar-Brahem already-treasured collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amalgama soberbia de música moderna
    Se fusiona la música de aquí y de allá, la de ahora y la de siempre. ECM edita un disco soberbio, en el que el tunecino Brahem, desliza con elegancia y modernidad el sonido de sus cuerdas sobre una elegante y sobria textura pianística romántica salpicada de la fuerza de un acordeón que nos explica la importancia de Piazolla en la música moderna. Una amalgama mediterranea de música ECM con tintes étnicos y clacisismo europeo diferente a lo escuchado hasta ahora. Bravo Manfred Eicher!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars MUSIQUE SANS FRONTIÈRES
    Anouar Brahem is an artist of incredible vision and talent - each one of his releases is a sonic and cultural delight, taking the listener on a journey filled with wonder and beauty. This, his latest recording, is one of his best. In the notes to the CD, Brahem is quotes as saying that after recording his THIMAR album, the resulting physical and artistic exhaustion caused him to set aside his oud for a while - something he said he had never before done. Turning his musical ideas and expression to his piano, Brahem created the pieces recorded here. When he took these ideas into the studio (and taking his oud along with him), along with colleagues François Coutourier (piano) and Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion), his ideas were brought beautifully to fruition. The result is one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard.

    The pieces having been written on the piano, that instrument takes the lead - but the oud and the accordion have a lot to say as well, and their voices blend effortlessly with that of the keyboard. Brahem is a master not only at composition and performing, but, in his arrangements, and in the very choosing of his accompanying musicians, shows a brilliance that is breathtaking. Through the various groupings that he has assembled on his recordings, he endows his music with a strength and scope that is stunning - it takes on a life of its own, and grows far beyond whatever boundaries smaller minds might employ to contain it by definition.

    This is 'world music' in the deepest, spiritual sense of the phrase - political frontiers are vanquished and erased, while cultures are honored, respected and mingled. Few other contemporary artists come to mind who continually create on this level - Stephan Micus is one. Brahem's last album, ASTRAKAN CAFÉ, alluded to this meeting and convergence of styles - with each successive release, Brahem furthers his cause (and that of the open-minded, eager-to-explore listener). Each and every track included here is an absolute gem. Don't approach this album with the expectations of hearing another outing in which Brahem 'simply' dazzles the listener with the beauty and technique of his oud playing (and he is a master of that instrument, let there be no doubt of that...) - approach it instead with an open mind and ear, and marvel at the journey on which you are to be led.

    This is an absolutely essential recording.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Releases your creative energy
    As a writer, I listen to Le pas du chat noir when I am writing, thinking, or painting. The CD provides a great environment. It gets the creative juices flowing. Not intrusive, but it allows your mind to explore. A truly exceptional medley of instrumental music: the accordian, the oud, and the piano. I've never heard music quite like it and have not found any similar CDs, or else I would buy them. If you like to listen to music while you think, work, or create, this is the CD. It enhances the creative process. ... Read more

    17. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats - Greatest Hits/Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Large Gaps For A Greatest Hits Album
    Here we go again with Collectables. Let's see. Turkey-born Jerry Murad, along with Al Fiore and Don Les, formed The Harmonicats in 1944, and after securing a recording contract with the small independent label Vitacoustic in 1947, reached back to 1913 for Peg O' My Heart. They couldn't have made a better choice for their mellow "mouth organ" blend as it shot to # 1 and stayed there for eight weeks, spending exactly half a year on the charts.

    It also went into the record books as the first major hit for an independent label, although Universal would pick it up part way through its run, and then sign the trio to their label. Follow-up hits were, however, hard to come by, and it would be over a full year before they had their second charter, Hair Of Gold, from the film Singing Spurs. Billed to Jerry Murad's Harmonicats, it reached a modest # 15 in September 1948, but is one of four of their hits not included in this package.

    When nothing else worked at Universal, they were eventually let go and, in 1950, were signed by Mercury. Where they were immediately coupled with pianist Jan August abd assigned to the song Bewitched from the popular Broadway show Pal Joey. EVERY label, it seems, rushed out a recording of that in 1950, but the overall winner was Bill Snyder & His Orchestra for the small Tower label as his rendition reached # 3 in May/June.

    Right behind Snyder came the Decca release by Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra which, with Bonnie Lou Williams on vocal, topped out at # 4. Tied for third at # 8 was the Jan August & Jerry Murad's Harmonicats version and that on Capitol by Mel Torme with Pete Rugulo's orchestra. For Columbia, Doris Day's cut reached # 9, Larry Green & His Orchestra's instrumental offering made it to # 13 for RCA Victor while Mindy Carson's vocalisation with Andrew Acker's orchestra peaked at # 20 for the same label, MGM's version by David Rose & His Orchestra went to # 26, and for Decca's Coral subsidiary, the backing band for most of The Ames Brother's hits, Ray Ross & His Orchestra, took it to # 28.

    So, all in all, not a bad performance by the trio, and this time they found two more hits before 1950 was out. Buffalo Billy, billed to Roberta Quinlan, Jerry Murad's Harmonicats & Jan August, was a # 22 that June, and in October their version of another multi-recorded song, Harbor Lights, reached # 19 billed to Jerry Byrd & His Steel Guitar & Jerry Murad's Harmonicats. That, however, placed them last among seven charted versions, the # 1 and 2 slots being taken by the Sammy Kaye [Columbia] and Guy Lombardo [Decca] bands. Neither of those hits is included here.

    More than a year would then pass before Charmaine, billed to Jerry Murad's Harmonicats, and yet another multi-recorded [seven hit versions] song, topped out at # 21 in January 1952. This time they finished second-last, beating out the Vaughn Monroe cut for RCA Victor, but finishing well back of Paul Weston's # 8 for Columbia and Mantovani's # 10 for London. The final Mercury hit came almost 18 months later when The Story Of Three Loves, based on Rachmaninoff's Paganini, reached # 14 billed to Jerry Murad Of The Harmonicats [with Richard Hayman & His Orchestra]. That, too, is omitted here.

    Eight long years later they would have their last hit, this time for Columbia, when a cover of the 1955 hits by Perez "Prez" Prado and Alan Dale - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White from the film Underwater - peaked at # 56 b/w Lonely Love.

    Too many missing hits for a trio that only had eight to begin with to award more than 3 stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Almost what I wanted
    Where is Johnny Puleo when you need him? I cannot find any CDs with Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang on them. As a substitute, I purchased this CD. It's fine. Some of the songs are very well done and nicely recorded. The trio just seemed to be missing something. Maybe they needed a fourth person? I wanted that wild, rapid harmonica sound. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats gave me that a few times, but didn't always deliver. Sometimes, the tempo just seemed a bit too slow.

    Still, as a novelty, and to round out your collection, you should get this album.

    Anyone found Johnny Puleo? On CD????????

    4-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Harmonica
    I was given this album for Christmas last year. I had both albums on vinyl when they were released in the late 50's and early 60's. When I played it, I couldn't believe my ears. This is one case where it sounds better with age. Listen to the bass in 'Peg Of My Heart' and 'Galloping Comedians'. Probably the best albums to come from Columbia in this era. Highly recommended if you like harmonicas.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Harmonicats Greatest Hits
    The Harmonicats were arguably the most popular instrumental band to ever make records. Assembled in Chicago during the 1940's, the group consisted of Jerry Murad on lead harmonica, Al Fiore on chord harmonica and Don Less on bass harmonica. They cut their first record in 1947, "Peg O' My Heart". Partially to to a musician's strike that year, The harmonicats recieved an amazing amount of airplay. Harmonica players weren't considered to be musicians by the musician's union and so the Harmonicats had one of the few records that could be played on the radio during the strike. The song would go on to become the best selling record of the year and eventually became one of the ten best selling single records of all time.

    Their greatest hits album contains "Peg O' My Heart" and other hits that the group cut. Some feature only the trio, some feature Jerry Murad playing with instrumental backgrounds. The records with the trio are a joy to listen to. The band's popularity spawned hundreds of harmonica trios and it is a unique sound that I thoroughly enjoy listening to. The Harmonicats were certainly among the best of their genre.

    If you're a harmonica fan, this album is a definite must-have for your collection. ... Read more

    18. Tarkan [Universal Latino]
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    Tarkan has enjoyed a Ricky Martin-style popularity in Turkey since the release of his second album, Aacayipsin, in 1994--it sold 2 million copies in Turkey and Europe and foreshadowed a string of outrageously successful albums. His 1997 release, Ölürüm Sana ("I Would Die for You"), sold 2 million copies in Turkey alone, 1.5 million being preorders. So it's no surprise that this 28-year-old star with hunky good looks opens his latest CD with the sound of a smoochy kiss on "Simarik" ("Spoilt"), one of Tarkan's most recognizable singles in Turkey. It's a killer tune, too, soaked with the heavy beats needed to keep bodies moving on the dance floor while the landsliding violins of rai build emotional tension. There are several magnetic dance tunes here, mostly collected from his earlier albums, with "Bu Gece" ("Break Free") and "Sikidim" ("Dirty Dancing") among the strongest and most popular. What's intriguing is that Tarkan is not just another pretty face; he was classically trained in Istanbul and penned most of the album's songs. Add the notion of challenging traditional Islamic values with such lyrics as "Don't dance so sexy / Oh, the way you move, you drive me crazy" or "Come on, let's make love / Close your eyes," and you've got the sort of national sensation that parents might hate but the kids will love. --Karen K. Hugg ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Turkish music!
    You don't have to understand Turkish to give this cd the 5 stars it deserves; the music, the compositions here are just wonderful (+ very emotive and not repetitive as the most dance songs are ). Buy this album in addition to KARMA, you won't be disappointed. Instead, you will enjoy a euphoric musical journey that perfectly blends Turkish music with modern elements and maintains a universal musical language, which really won't require you to speak Turkish at all.

    I will also recommend an other Turkish artist, SERTAB ERENER (who won this year's Eurovision Award). Her voice is just mesmerizing, and her songs will sound far more lovelier to those who are not into the energetic dance tunes of Tarkan. Try to get any album she has recorded, I got TURUNCU (meaning "orange") from (very impressive!).

    And always look for good original music...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beni Anlama(Don't try to understand me)
    Even if you don't understand a word of Turkish(I didn't) this man's songs will have you hooked. It doesn't get too heard in the states, but I heard Simarik frequently at discos in South America and adored the upbeat, incredibly dance-worthy rhythms. I found the CD by chance at a local store, and, not recognizing the name or the language, I went to the scanner to sample the sounds. I recognized the first song immediatly, and the samples of the rest of the tracks hooked me. Truly, this is a collection worth listening to. Reading the lyrics(written in english in the booklet) you can see just how much more interesting these songs would become had you the language skills to understand them. Even so, Tarkan is an artist worth listening to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars don't i wish?
    I am a local small town DJ always hunting for a unique song... "Sikidim" is one of them. I have a great following, and they trust me to bring them the best. They are confident in my tastes. One wish...if only there were an English version! My friends love this song as it is, but.. If a version exists, please write me @yahoo. Thanks a billion!

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Math: 3 "Hots" = 5 ++ Stars in Pasadena Tx.
    Heard Turkish music for the first-time-ever at a recent festival (bought a Tarkan CD). Yes, believe it or not, a few people in
    Pasa (by gosh red neck) dena Texas have a keen appreciation
    for quality music regardless of the culture. In my opinion,
    this new kid Tarkan's,Universal Latino CD should be a "#1 with a bullit" even here in the good-ole U.S.A. The subtle, yet upbeat, theme of the CD is accutely refreshing (not over dancy yet keeps you fixed on whats gonna happen next). Tarkan's octave range is magnificent. First impressions of the CD - Exotic, Slick, Mesmerizing, Hot, Hot, Hot (3 Hots = 5++ stars in Pasadena!! I have a feeling that before long some producer will seriously promote this young artist stateside. When that day comes, Julio I. and his brats, as well as, Ricky M. and others better be ready for competition!! In discussions about Tarkan, I learned that international music most often is slow in reaching our shores. It was suggested that Cher's "Believe" CD floated around Europe about three years before we got it over here. So go figure!! TARKAN, YOU GO BOY!! AND GOD BLESS.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stars always shine...Forever
    Well,Tarkan has much better songs now:)but this s his short history...He ll always do better than this as years pass by...By the way i dont agree about comparing ratings with flags' stars...A star s always a star,right?MY fav. Tarkan songis 'Kuzu kuzu'(acustic version) try to find it out at karma peeps;) c u :)) ... Read more

    19. Night Silence Desert
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    Kayhan Kalhor is the world's leading exponent of the kamancheh, an upright spike fiddle. Renowned for his work with Ghazal, a group that bridges Indian and Persian music, he applies a similar approach to Iranian folk and classical forms on Night Silence Desert. The Radif (Persian classical repertoire) grew from folk forms, but over the centuries the music evolved from its simple rural origins into an elaborately ornamented and rigorously structured style. This album doesn't take the music back to its basics--there's too much refined virtuosity on display. But the musicians infuse their playing with a vigor and crisp cohesion that belies the record's fitful production. First Kalhor convened 11 strummers, drummers, and flute blowers in Tehran in 1994 to lay down the sweeping instrumental passages. Four years later he and vocalist Shajarian finished the record in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The two men exchange intricate call-and-response melodies that radiate impassioned exhilaration. --Bill Meyer ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL AND TRANSPORTING...
    NIGHT SILENCE DESERT is described in the notes to this CD as a 'Khorasan suite' - Khorasan, Iran's largest province, located in the eastern part of the country and home to Masshad, the nation's holiest city, can be roughly translated as 'the place where the sun rises'. Kayhan Kalhor has composed the music on this disc based on the classical and folk musics of Khorasan, inspired by his love for the form. The notes that accompany the disc go into great detail concerning the differences and similarities between the classical and folk forms - but rather than writing like a cold theoretician, Kalhor's respect and passion for the music makes the explanation interesting reading.

    Kalhor is a master performer on the kemancheh (the traditional bowed lute of the region, widely used in Arab and Middle Eastern music) and setar (a 4-stringed plucked lute) - he is joined here by an exceptionally talented ensemble featuring dotar (a 2-stringed lute), barbat (oud), santur (an instrument similar to the Western hammered dulcimer), nay (a reed flute), ghooshmeh (a double-reed flute), cello, and assorted percussion instruments. The ten tracks on the disc flow together wonderfully - sometimes so smoothly that the listener might not notice the track has changed until the subtle shifts in mood and melody become apparent.

    The words sung in the four vocal sections are, like the music, a mixture of ancient and modern - two are by masters from the 11th and 13th century, and two are by contemporary poets. The ghazal form of lyrical expression is one of the most moving and beautiful to be found in the world - and while the pieces on this disc are not sung in English, there are translations provided. The emotions expressed in the poetry are given glorious flight by the voice of Shajarian, one of the most respected vocalists in Persian music today - listening to his performances here, it's easy to understand why he is so revered.

    Far from being a 'fusion' disc, the music here (at least to my untrained ears) remains true to the essence of Persian classical music. This album is a real treat.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Virtuosity, Perceivable Even by Novices
    One need not be steeped in the traditions of Persian/Iranian music to perceive the beauty and mastery of the musicians and music on this CD. From my perspective, when one reaches a certain level of artistic excellent, it is foolhardy to split hairs over whether one is listening to a "good" recording rather than a "great" one. For me, this music--hauntingly evocative, spiritual, and luminous in its beautiful complexity--is of the highest order of artistry.

    This is a recording one can listen to repeatedly, each time discovering new nuances and patterns missed before. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!
    This CD has to rank among the "cream of the crop" of contemporary renditions of taditional Persian music. I own a large selection of them and this is one of my most favorite. The lyrics are based on poems by such luminaries as H.A. Sayeh, Attar, and Baba Taher. The song "Baran" is nostalgic, sad and mesmerising.... I have to stop whatever I'm doing and just sink into this song. Kalhor is a magnificent artist and kamanche player -- i've seen him live in concert. Shadjarian is unrivaled. The dotar by hadj ghorban soleimani is great but doesn't really stand out in this CD -- he and his music are authentic folk music of N. Khorassan (which province in Iran i'm from :) i recommend buying his own CD. The CD insert contains a detailed description of the various instruments, all poems in the original Farsi as well as English translations. All in all a magnificent production and masterly composition from the poems to the vocals to the music. This is truely a gem of craftsmanship and artistary and i'm proud to be able to recomment it. :)

    4-0 out of 5 stars What is the truth?
    First of all, I want to say that this CD is really delightful. But is surely not great. I do know what the master adjective should mean, and what Kamancheh is, and then conclude that, K. Kalhor is not a master at all. Despite of bringing simply listened music, he is not a good player. Master Shajarian, sings perfectly as usual. The piece from the local Do-tar player(from Khorasan) is quite nice. But the following setar piece which is called Torgheh, is anoying. Two tasnifs have been sung which are so beautiful. These two tasnifs deserve to think of a lot. In summary this CD will never make you sorry.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Night Silence Desert
    Night Silence Desert is my favorite CD, even though I have never listened to Persian music before and do not understand one word. I listen to it every day at work, while I sit at my computer. I find the fascinating sounds most soothing, calming and relaxing during my usually stressful 11-12 hour work days. Not only will you cherish the classical and folk music performed by Mohammad Reza Shajarian, but you will be treated to a magnificently written history and explanation of the musical instruments and beautiful, romantic poetry (both old and new) that you hear. ... Read more

    20. Shaday
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Still Contemporary 15+ Years Later
    This is THE essential introduction to Ofra Haza. 50 Gates Of Wisdom (the album prior to this) was a huge success, but this album cemented Ofra as an international success. Shaday was a mix of rerecorded dance/electro/pop versions of songs from 50 Gates Of Wisdom "Galbi", "Im Nin Alu" as well as rerecorded English versions of a couple of songs from a prior non-English album "My Aching Heart", "Take Me To Paradise". This album still sounds contemporary 15+ years after it's release. This album is worth just the recording of Ofra singing "Love Song" accapella. Ofra's voice is so unique and original and so very amazing! A few of these songs do have a distinctly late 80's vibe (it was the late 80's) but the majority of the album was amazingly ahead of it's time by taking chances on mixing languages and types of music, especially the dance/club vibe mixed with the traditional Middle Eastern music, making a truly "world" music album. For the other absolutely essential album, get Ofra's album Kirya. It is MUCH, MUCH more laid back and not at all similar to this album in style, more slow grooves, a mix of traditional and soul/jazz. Amazing. Ofra died in her 40's in 2001. She was truly an "artist" and pushed the envelope often, but she also never lost the sense of the fun of also recording good pop music. She did both with style and this album is a great testament to that. There will never be another voice like Ofra either. Rest in peace.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Magical Music
    I originally heard of Ofra Haza by way of Epmd (a rap group) that sampled "Im Nin Alu" in their hit "Paid In Full". It's an awesome sample and really livens up the song. Because of the success of that song, it became a trend in the late eighties to sample Ofra's music to hip hop and techo beats. Her actual album is great as well. I like her more tradtional songs like Im Nin Alu and Love Song. I love the effect of acapella middle eastern music. It is like prayer. Her voice was very haunting and soothing.

    What i cannot believe is that Ofra Haza has died of Aids of all things. Very shocking and disturbing. I hear she was only 40. When i listened to Love Song it almost made me cry. At least she left behind some great music. Rest in Peace girl.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite
    This CD is worth the cost just to hear the acapella recording of "Love Song." I have "Yemenite Songs" and "Kirya," both excellent CDs, but "Shaday" is easily my favorite. Ofra Haza was ahead of her time and her music is still fabulous almost two decades later.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An exciting album that grows on you.
    I first heard Ofra Haza's singing on the sound track of "La Reine Margot" and shortly after "The Governess" and I sat up and took notice. I had often heard of her, but prior to Internet shopping, had never been able to find any of her recordings in the local stores (if it ain't honky tonk and bluegrass, to bad!) It is a great pity that she was not better known in the US. At first I was a little put off by the loud rhythmic beat, which sounded to me like someone banging a tin drum, but on the tracks where we can hear the singer above the accompanyment, Ofra Haza is stunning. I would recommend this and other recordings by Ofra Haza to all those who think Charlotte Church can sing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The voice of an angel
    The first time I heard Ofra Haza was on MTV, believe it or not. They had a short piece about the release of this album and they played about 20 seconds of a song. That's all I needed to hear. That incredible voice, conjuring images of the desert, really struck me. I immediately went out and bought "Shaday," and have loved it, and the rest of her music, ever since. Her voice was so incredibly beautiful that it could move one to tears. I've never heard a voice so heavenly before, or since. I suspect I never will. Her death was so sad, and not just because it silenced such an incredible talent. The real tragedy lay in that the stigma attached to her illness caused her such fear that she didn't seek treatment until it was too late. If it hadn't been for that, she might still be with us today. Ofra Haza possessed so much natural talent, and had such a beautiful voice, that anyone who likes music will enjoy listening to her, no matter the genre. ... Read more

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