Salah Ragab And The Cairo Jazz Band – Amber Of The Nile (Egypt Strut) (Egypt, 1975, Columbia)

For today, I wanted to present you one of my favorite Egyptian LP, “Egypt – A Holiday Souvenir“, issued in the 1970’s on the EMI label and that was offered to tourists visiting the mystic country of Egypt.

All the tracks on this LP are winners, and it contains one astonishing Oriental Jazz Groove track, “Amber of the Nile“, by the Egyptian Jazz musician Salah Ragab (or Rageb), an Egyptian Jazz Player, backed with the Cairo Jazz Band.

This tune is actually a different version of his well known “Egypt Strut” track that some of you may you, a longer and more jazzy one that exists only on this compilation (and that is faaar better according to me) – Enjoy !

Salah Ragab And The Cairo Jazz Band – Amber Of The Nile (Egypt Strut)

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/e8ADZ7VzcSU

Have a nice wednesday, see you on sunday !

Armand de Preseau

Sherifa Fadel – Mawal Al-Ashaa / شريفة فاضل – موّال العشاق (Egypt, 1970s, Soutelphan)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Mawal Al-Ashaa” (موّال العشاق), a fantastic groovy oriental surf track by the Egyptian singer & actress Sherifa Fadel (شريفة فاضل) – Enjoy !

Sherifa Fadel – Mawal Al-Ashaa / شريفة فاضل – موّال العشاق

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

Have a nice saturday evening !

Armand de Preseau

Omar Khorshid – Beyni Ou Beynak (Lebanon, 1978, Voice Of Lebanon)

Favourite cover by the great Omar Khorshid of this all time Oriental classic tune, composed by the Rahbani Brothers, Beyni Ou Beynak (Me and You) is a very sweet and quiet ballad, with electric guitar, piano and mind-blowing organ parts – Close your eyes, and enjoy !
Omar Khorshid – Beyni Ou Beynak

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

Best regards,

Armand de Preseau

Ahmed Malek – Omar Gatlato (Version Télé Ciné Club) (Algeria, 1978, Ministere de l’Information et de la Culture Algérienne)

Ahmed Malek, born in 1931 in Bordj El Kiffan (Algeria) was one of the most prolific Algerian musician and movie score composer.
He composed soundtracks for a dozen and dozen of movies (Les Vacances de l’Inspecteur Tahar, Omar Gatlato, Aziza..), National TV & Radio shows and documentaries.
He died in 2008 in Algiers.
For today, I wanted to share with you “Omar Gatlato“, one of my favourite track from him, a melancholic Bossa Nova Jazz theme composed in 1976 for the movie “Omar Gatlato“, directed by the film maker Merzak Allouache.
You’ll understand why Ahmed Malek was nicknammed “The Algerian Ennio Morricone” – Enjoy !

Ahmed Malek – Omar Gatlato (Version Télé Ciné Club)

You can also listen to this song on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/8KB1vbPsekE

Take care,

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

The Wrong Notes – Vereguoi (Egypt, 1970, Disques Aoun)

For today, I wanted to share with you “Vereguoi“, an obscure psychedelic surf track released in Egypt in the 70s with latin influences – Enjoy !

The Wrong Notes – Vereguoi

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/GGZgt5eHOR8

Have a nice day,

Armand

Les frères Mégri – El Harib (Morocco, 1971, Sudiphone)

For today, I wanted to share with you “El Harib“, a psychedelic progressive rock ballad with an oriental touch & beautiful haunted voices, recorded in 1971 by Mahmoud, Hassan & Younes Mégri, founders of the Moroccon band “Les frères Mégri” – Enjoy !

Les frères Mégri – El Harib

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/UiWut4v8xdE

All the best,

Armand

Mohamed Abdelwahab – Alqafila (Egypt, 1974, Cairophon, LPCXG 111)

Today, I decided to make you rediscover “Alqafila“, a particular song in the oriental catalogue of the Egyptian 20th century legend Mohamed Abdelwahab that doesn’t sounds like his other tracks, a beautiful orchestral track with magnificent violin, organ and oud parts – Enjoy !!

Mohamed Abdelwahab – Alqafila

You can also listen to this track on my #Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/lUt36ABp0JI

Regards,

Armand

Baligh Hamdy – Mawal (Egypt, 1973, Soutelphan)

Following to this article, I wanted to share with you “Mawal“, another short but beautiful early 70s Oriental surf track a la Omar Khorshid with sweets violin and flute parts from the Egyptian master Baligh Hamdy – Enjoy !!

Baligh Hamdy – Mawal

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/N6LHPLp6Tfw

Have a nice week !

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