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Alabina l'essentiel

Alabina l'essentiel

28 Apr 2008

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 April 2008
  • Release Date: 28 April 2008
  • Label: Fifty-Five
  • Copyright: ℗ Atoll Music / Fifty-Five © Atoll Music
  • Total Length: 1:10:57
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  • ASIN: B0026O8424
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,593 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beside that the sound is great! I love it 9 July 2016
By pujol jean-michel - Published on Amazon.com
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the case was broken, I is OK I new It was a used unit, Beside that the sound is great ! I love it, and It was received a week earlier even better,
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Jan. 2016
By TONY SALY - Published on Amazon.com
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Great album and price
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 April 2015
By Alessandro Albe - Published on Amazon.com
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very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing, Exotic, Excellent! 7 Aug. 2001
By Ocean Tide - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you can understand the lyrics or not, this CD is outstanding. Sung in an uplifting blend of Arabic and Spanish, and accompanied by delightful instrumentalists, L'Essentiel is a perfect choice for the discerning music collector. Lead vocalist Ishtar has a rich, melodious voice to complement the warm, sweet strummings of her band, Los Ninos de Sara. Of particular interest are: the energetic "Salma Ya Salama," the moody, sensual "Eshebo (Chebba)" and the heartbreaking ballad "Linda." Also notable are two covers: "Lolole (Don't Let me be Misunderstood)" and the irresistible, thumping beat of "Vengan Vengan (Ya Habaybi, Ya Ghaybine)," originally sung by Farid El Attrache. Finally, Ishtar extends her vocal talents to a sexy French tune, "Comme Toi." Overflowing with 18 international hits, L'Essentiel is just as necessary to your CD collection! Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish and Arabic fusion 18 May 2007
By Enrique Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for some gypsyesque music that fuses Arabic influences with Spanish guitar and vocals than look no further. This disc features the gorgeous Ishtar and Los Ninos de Sara. The sound is simialar to the pop flamenco of the Gipsy Kings but the difference is the voice of Ishtar; believe me, she really makes a difference too. She sings in Arabic and Spanish. This disc is a greatest hits of sorts since it features many of the best recordings from their tenure together. Probably the most recognizable song is the recent international dance music anthem "LoLoLe," which is wonderful remake of Eric Burdon and The Animals song "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood. There is also a remix version of the song but it is not on this disc. Ishtar belts out some interesting vocals in her native Arabic language including that little shrill tongue thing women do. Not having the strongest of voices her sound is nonetheless appealing with her joyous infection. The hipnotic beat of pounding Arabic percussion , intertwined with the male voices and Spanish guitar of Los Ninos De Sara creates an energetic sound perfect for the dance floor. I first heard Ishtar while vacationing in Mexico and the people were really getting into the rousing Arabic-flamenco groove. Ishtar's appeal goes beyond her good looks(a cross between a young Debra Harry of Blondie and Shakira) as she infuses the Arabic vibe with tremendous sensuality via her voice which is downright sexy. The Spanish guitars of Los Ninos De Sara are very much in the style of the Gipsy Kings, as stated before. They offer nice pop flamenco riffs that gently sway, there is nothing bold or innovative but rather it is played safe within the pop context. There is plenty of music on this disc and some of the best songs are the aforementioned "LoLoLe" where Ishtar wails her vocals in Arabic, including some externded notes while Los Ninos sing their part in Spanish for a nice bilingual song. Also of note is "La Cubanita" that begins with horns as Los Ninos sing their tropical flavored song without Ishtar, both versions of "Alabina" but most notably the Spanish version where the lovely Ishtar sings her vocal part in Spanish as opposed to Arabic as in the other version, either way it is hot, "Ya Mama Ya Mama" which features Ishtar, once again singing her part in Spanish and the intimate "Vengan, Vengan" that is a little more subdued than the other tracks but creates a mournful but elegant feeling. All the songs are very lush and passionate; it is a world music feast with languages and instruments harmonizing and bringing the distinct yet similar cultures together in song. If you like Shakira or the Gipsy Kings than this one is for you as the best of both worlds is offered on this disc by Alabina. Recommended for world music aficionados ,especially those that like gypsyesque music.
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