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Rough Guide to Arabesque [CD]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: World Music Network (Uk) Ltd
  • ASIN: B0000682X4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,021 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A muey a muey - Aisha Kandisha's Jarring Effects
2. Fantasy - Oojami
3. Beyrouth ecoeuree - Clotaire K
4. Desert dancer - Nickodemus feat. Andrea Montiero
5. Dourbiha - MoMo
6. S'habi (Stereomovers remix) - Ali Slimani
7. Zanzibar - DuOuD (Mehdi Haddab-Smadj)
8. Frere faut que tu saches - Mafia Maghrebine
9. Sidi mansour (remix) - Bled Runner feat. Dida Brother
10. Tango - Soap Kills
11. Aalash kwawna - U-Cef
12. Lahillah express (remix) - Gnawa Impulse

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Product Description

Arabesque has become one of the huge success stories of the
world music scene, thanks to artists mixing western technologies and bass
lines with traditional Arab music creating a sound that is fresh and
pleasing to the ear. The artists on this Rough Guide are from cities such
as Marrakech, London, Montpelier, New York, Paris, Beirut and Berlin,
giving a global impression of the Arabesque phenomenon. France's healthy
appetite for Hip-Hop is represented on this release by an up-and-coming
French/Arabic group - Mafia Maghrebine, a crew from the Paris suburbs who
have a lot to say and very little to lose. Featured artists also include
Oojami, Momo, U-Cef, Gnawa Impulse and many others.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arabic hip hop with attitude 7 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Quite simply this album is awesome. It's a compilation of tracks by European and American based Arabic origin artists with singing and rapping mostly in French. The combination of authentic Arabic sounds and modern dance/hip hop/rap creates a truelly outstanding and uplifting journey, transporting the listener into an image of a hectic desert expedition.
There's a sense of revolution and resistence through many of the tracks. There's a sense of struggle to preserve the arabic culture in foreign lands, and yet there is also a sense of compromise in adopting popular contemporary musical genres. This is one of the best albums in my CD rack.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A head-on collision between east and west 4 Sep 2002
By Shantell Powell - Published on Amazon.com
East-West musical fusion is not a new phenomenom. It's a natural part of musical evolution. However, musical changes in the Mid- and near-east have been occuring at a faster rate than ever before with the advent of high-speed communication networks. The Rough Guide to Arabesque chronicles some of the more recent changes in Arabic electronica. It demonstrates what happens when traditional roots meet modern beats.
Modern north African music isn't all about rai, chaabi, and Transglobal Underground, although these are certainly important aspects. In this compilation, the major Western influences are hiphop and breakbeats. It's interesting to hear how the traditional eastern sounds blend with western pop. At times, you can hear what sounds like an Egyptian raqs sharqi orchestra, and then all of a sudden you're slammed with hard-hitting breakbeats and aggressive male rapping.
Oojami, with the dancey track "Fantasy" from the album "Bellydancing Breakbeats", is obviously part of the breakbeat sector, whereas Clotaire K's "Beyrouth Ecoeuree" features classic Arabic female vocals punctuated by male rapping.
Nicodemus, featuring Andrea Montiero, is next with "Desert Dancer," which samples the hell out of traditional percussive rhythms and overlays it all with Egyptian orchestral strings, keyboards, and a sweet-voiced woman. It's laid-back and slow, and definitely a prime example of Middle Eastern chillout music.
MoMo brings the tempo back up with the fun "Dourbiha" which mixes hiphop with folkish sounds. Ali Slimani's "S'Habi" has a house feel to it.
Mafia Maghrebine's "Frere Faut Que Tu Saches" is primarily hiphop, with only a bit of the mid-eastern sound. Although traditional darbouka and wind instruments can be heard in the background, the foreground is aggressively western.
Soap Kills' "Tango" takes a tango rhythm and plays with it, turning it into something wholly different from the usual. I'll betcha there have been some fascinating dance routines done to this number, and if there haven't been, there soon will be.
Gnawa Impulse finishes the CD with "Lahillah Express," which is a good example of mid-eastern drum and bass.
All total, the Rough Guide to Arabesque is an excellent cross-selection of modern, north African and middle eastern electronica. If you're a fan of electronica, and are curious about the traditional sounds from these areas, this just might be your gateway CD.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The enchanting world of Arabesque 15 Jun 2003
By Starminister - Published on Amazon.com
When I first encountered this cd, I knew I was in for a treat; I love techno and electronica, and I had already listened to and enjoyed the Rough Guide to the Music of North Africa. Sure enough, I found the Rough Guide to Arabesque to be a great compilation of this fascinating genre.
Highlights include:
1. A MUEY A MUEY: an infectious driving bass beat, with powerful male vocals and a violin vying for attention.
3. BEYROUTH ECOEUREE: male French rap paired with female Arabic singing, catchy and bold.
4. DESERT DANCER: a slow, hypnotic beat and tune, with a complimentary vocal descant. As a previous reviewer said, it's very good "chill-out" music.
9. SIDI MANSOUR: a fantastic fusion of a Western beat with Arabic instruments, percussion, and vocals; rai singer Larbi Dida can be heard at the beginning and end of the song.
12. LAHILLAH EXPRESS: drum and bass combined with traditional Sufi Muslim chanting, giving the whole song a sort of trancey feel.
Those are just a few of the tracks; the others are great listening, as well. Rough Guide's usual pitfall is that the quality of the music generally decreases as the cd progresses, but that is not the case with this particular compilation. For those who like electronica or Arab/North African music or both, the Rough Guide to Arabesque will remain in your cd player for a long time to come.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Rai, Chaabi, al-Jeel and Raks Sharki 15 Oct 2002
By Zekeriyah - Published on Amazon.com
This is not your stereotypical Arabic/North African CD. If you are used to North African music, you probably have heard Rai, al-Jeel, "bellydance" or something. Well, this CD will blow you away. The focus of it is Arab-western fusion, and is uniquely north African. You can't help but find yourself dancing to these tracks, and the remixes are especially cool. In fact, the whole CD radiates an aura of coolness. Check it out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Arabic electronic music 1 Aug 2008
By George Banjo - Published on Amazon.com
Arabesque is not a specific style, and so this compilation is basically a collection of electronic Arabic music, under many sub categories and styles, and from many countries.

I don't like some of the tracks, and I didn't like it at all when I first heard it, but if you listen to it a few times you'll find that the songs are mostly very creatively produced, with traditional roots. Perhaps this is just a collection of the most high quality Arabic electronica, but there isn't (mercifully) TOO much of the slick techno beats that have little depth. Most of the artists reside in London, Paris, New York or other western cities, but are foreign born, and so they incorporate western studio techniques and styles while making them unique (mostly), and a few songs have lyrics in French or English.

The first track is Moroccan, with strong roots, and even a tolerable modern, "bass-driven" beat. There's some Arabic rap here as well, all of it excellent. Beyrouth Ecoeuree stands out, and Aalash Kwawna, by U-Cef, seems to adress the issue of censorship and free speech. Sidi Mansour is actually quite beautiful, with a beat that never becomes too monotonous, and Arabic orchestra, voice and chorus. Gnawa Impulse's Lahillah Express is very compelling, blending a soulful voice of a sufi gnawa singer with electronics (though it could have done without the electronics, really.)

All in all, if you like Arabic music you should check it out, though there are definitely a few disappointing tracks. You'll probably find it interesting if you like electronic music, as this is full of many different kinds.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow, Exotic, Hypnotic 21 Nov 2005
By Todd Soderberg - Published on Amazon.com
This is like a slowed down trance music - definitely sounds middle eastern with the rhythyms, melodies, vocals. The instruments are mostly synthesizers as far as I can tell. The music is mellow, hypnotic, and kind of atmospheric. It doesn't have a lot of the "guy-yelling-obnoxiously-in-arabic" that I have disliked in other middle eastern music.

Definitely above average as far as the World Music collections that I've heard.
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