Ziad Rahbani – Rouh Khabbir (Lebanon, 1991, Relax-In)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Rouh Khabbir” (روح خبر), a cover of the well known track “Soul Shadows” by the American musician Joe Sample, reinterpreted here in a very beautiful oriental fusion jazz way by the legendary lebanese composer Ziad Rahbani, and taken from “Houdou Nsibi“, one of his rarest albums – Enjoy !

Ziad Rahbani – Rouh Khabbir

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/_vo4ePPNGNE

Have a nice wednesday, see you on sunday !

Armand de Preseau

Omar Khorshid – Alf Layla (Lebanon, 1975, EMI Voix De L’Orient)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Alf Layla“, a classic Middle-Eastern song from the legendary Egyptian Diva Oum Koulsoum, covered here in a sublime psychedelic surf way by the magic guitars of Omar Khorshid – Enjoy, and belly-dance your Sultan !

Omar Khorshid – Alf Layla

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/WvIB_vBBsYw

Have a nice sunday !

This post is dedicated to all my Lebanese friends

Armand de Preseau

Jacques Kodjian – Nahna Wal Amar (Lebanon, 1972, Voix De L’Orient Series)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Nahna Wal Amar“, a reinterpretation of the song originally recorded in 1966 by the Lebanese Diva Fairuz and composed by the legendary Rahbani Brothers Assi & Mansour, covered here in a splendid Middle Eastern Jazzy way with Bossa Nova influences by the Lebanese piano composer Jacques Kodjan – Enjoy !

Jacques Kodjian – Nahna Wal Amar

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/cNhWs_xDqeM

Have a nice Wednesday !

Armand de Preseau

Ziad Rahbani – Final Theme / زياد الرحباني – التعية (Lebanon, 1978, Zida)

Following to this former post, I wanted to share with you for today “Final Theme“, an fantastic instrumental track with jazzy piano & violin parts taken from the score of the legendary play “Bennesbeh Labokra.. Chou ?” – Enjoy !

Ziad Rahbani – Final Theme / زياد الرحباني – التعية

You can also listen to this song on my website here : https://youtu.be/gp2O7b5pOrQ

Have a nice day !

Armand de Preseau

Elias Rahbani – Lover’s Lane (Lebanon, 1974, Parlophone Voix de L’Orient Series)

Elias Rahbani, from Lebanon, is the youngest of the three Rahbani Brothers, well known for their contribution to the Lebanese – and more, Oriental – music scene.
His two older brothers, Assi and Mansour Rahbani, also known as “The Rahbani Brothers” (which Elias wasn’t be part of) were composers and songwriters, famous for their work with the Lebanese Diva, Fairuz (who was the wife of Assi).
Elias composed of over 700 songs, both in Eastern and Western styles.

This album is the 2nd volume of his masterpiece, “Mosaic of The Orient“, considered by many as Elias best album, a very eclectic instrumental record, with some psychedelic organ and bouzouk parts, oriental jazz and hip hoppy beats.

The cover art is designed by Nabil Mourani, who designed my favourite Oriental record covers (remember Babylon Mood by Munir Bachir ? That was him also !).

I decided to share with you “Lover’s Lane“, a beautiful melancholic organ ballad with a little psychedelic touch – Enjoy !
Elias Rahbani – Lover’s Lane

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/xhYC1Ca7UCQ

Have a nice sunday,

Armand de Preseau

Sammy Clark – Instrumental (Lebanon, 1980, EMI Voix de l’Orient Series)

For today, I wanted to share with you an instrumental song from the Lebanese singer Sammy Clark, a sad & beautiful track that reminds the bests songs of the legendary Italian western movies composer Ennio Morricone – Enjoy !

Sammy Clark – Instrumental

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/6TBK4Wo1onQ

Armand

Ziad Rahbani – First Introduction (Lebanon, 1978, Zida)

Awesome Bossa Nova Jazz track taken from the score of the legendary play “Bennesbeh Labokra.. Chou ?” from the Lebanese master – Enjoy !

Ziad Rahbani – First Introduction

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/sRC82K761Qo

Best regards,

Armand

Munir Bachir – Fouk Ennakhl (Iraq, 1974, Pathe Marconi)

Munir Bachir was an Iraqi musician, native of the city of Mossoul.

He began the Aoud (6 strings lute from Iraq) play at 5 years old and became teacher of this instrument at the Musical School of Bagdad at 15 years old.

He militate all his life in favor of the recognition of the Aoud in the Middle East, considering it as a more advanced musical instrument than the mandolin or the sitar.

He toured a lot in Europe (France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany..)  before going back in Orient in the 70s, and recorded a many albums.

The song I wanted to present you today, “Fouk Ennakhl“, is a perfect crossover of Oriental and Occidental musical influences with sweets melancholic piano and violin parts that remind the recordings of the famous Rahbani Brothers from Lebanon – Enjoy !!

Munir Bachir – Fouk Ennakhl

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/MmXVqqdDfp8

Have a nice Sunday,

Armand

Randa – Vive L’Amour (Lebanon, 1966, Parlophone Voix de l’Orient Series)

Randa was a Lebanese singer and actress who released a few singles in the mid 60s and in the early 70s.

The track presented here, “Vive L’amour“, is one of the song compiled on an Egyptian record released in 1966 and is a very innovative for the time, mixing Oriental rhythms and Occidental Jerk influences – Enjoy !

Randa – Vive L’Amour

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/185yh7Pho94

Have a nice sunday evening,

Armand

Fayrouz – Ya Mayla (Lebanon, 195?, Pathé / Voix de l’Orient)

No need to introduce Fairouz (“Turquoise Blue” in Arabic), the greatest singer from Lebanon who recorded several dozen of songs, albums and theater plays, who was married Assi Rahbani and who is the mother of the well known Rahbani brothers.

Born as “Nuhad Rizq Wadīʿ Ḥaddad”, she is one of the most widely admired and deeply respected living singers in the Arab world.

I decided to make you rediscover a very early and rare song from the Diva, “Ya Mayla”, a romantic Bolero sung in Arabic language – Enjoy !

Fayrouz – Ya Mayla

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/Pa_LUAqqpEA

See you soon,

Armand