Mohammed El – Bakkar - Ah Ya Zain

( Lebanon , 1960's , Pianophon )

posted on 02 / 01 / 2022

For today, I wanted to share with you “Ah Ya Zain” (“آه يا زين“, that could be translated by “Oh you, handful person !“), a dope percussive Dabke (middle eastern drum) Folk track and a classic Arabic wedding song.

Said by many sources to be based on a portion of Turkish song “Muhabbet Bağına Girdim Bu Gece” originally recorded in the 40s by the musician Yesari Asim Arsoy, and covered a hundred of times through the years by many artists (Mohamed Qandeel, Sabah, Safiye Ayla, Omar Khorshid..), I decided to present you here my favorite version and probably one of its earliest in Arabic, the one recorded in the late 50s by the Lebanese composer Mohammed El-Bakkar and his Oriental Ensemble – Perfect to belly dance your dance floor, so.. enjoy Habibi !

Mohammed El-Bakkar – Ah Ya Zain

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Have a nice Sunday, see you on next Wednesday for another musical (re)discovery !

Armand de Preseau

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