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THE OLDIES

Tonight my mood is on the classical Arabic songs. THE OLDIES! Oum KaltoumMohammed Abdel Wahab or Abdel Halem Haffez and others.

But how did I come to that point tonight ? Because it’s the 100th Anniversary of Mohammed Abdel Wahab.

The song above was composed and sung by him at first, but I’m sharing one of the hundred covers made from this song.

Mohammed Abdel Wahab

Mohammed Abdel Wahad was a prominent 20th-century Egyptian singer and composer.

He composed a lot -really a lot- of songs and musical pieces in classic Arab music, for himself and many other famous classic Arab singers. Just for Oum Kaltoum, the Queen of classic Arab music, he composed 10 songs.

Mohammed Abdel Wahad was also an actor, and he was THE FIRST EGYPTIAN singer to move from silent-era acting to singing.

But you know what’s the most surprising and astonishing that I found : Mohammed Abdel Wahad introduced rhythm and blues in Abdel Halim Hafez’s song “Ya Albi Ya Khali”.

Listen : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_5z5eJNkkQ

♪  “Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more” ♪ 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Tiz6INF7I ISN’T IT ?!!!!

The African Rolling Stones

Nass El Ghiwane is a Moroccan musical group established in 1971 in Hay Mohammadione of the poorest areas in Casablanca.

The older ones will probably remember their song Ya Sah which appeared in the first The Last Temptation of The Christ (1988) -which, by the way, was shot entirely in Morocco.

Initially, the group was composed of five members : Laarbi Batma (the charismatic leader), Omar Sayed, Boujmîa Hagour, Mahmoud Saadi, Allal Yaâla & Aziz Tahiri.

Their music, which still inspires many generations, incorporate a trance aesthetic reflecting the influence of Gnawa music. Their music was also inspired from AïtaMelhounHmadcha and Jilala.

Drawn from the Moroccan poetry and Sufi texts, their lyrics are a way of portraying the society and of criticizing the political system.

Well-known for their political engagement, they’re from the Moroccan generation who’s been influenced by the Hippie Ideology.

Martin Scorsese, the director of The Last Temptation of The Christ and Gangs of New York, used to nickname them as The African Rolling Stones.

Even after the death of Laarbi Batna, Nass El Ghiwane still have a huge place in the heart of every Moroccan citizen.