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on 2 November 2003
This latest sampler from the Metro label "Cafe" Series concentrates on Algerian Rai music, as heard all over North Africa. Andy Morgan's extensive sleevenotes spin an enchanting tale of the music playing in the imaginary cafe of Mr Faouzi, in the medina of Casablanca. Listening especially to Johanne Hayat's 'Parfums d'Orient',I was transported back to the alleyway cafes of Tangier, sticky lamb tagine with couscous, and the smell of dubious cigarettes in the air. Raina Rai's pulsating 'Hagda' gets the Cafe rocking whilst 'Wahlaich', by Haim, brings on the bellydancers. The final track 'Adieu', with Cheikh Djelloul Remchaoui's haunting spoken and sung narration, brings Cafe Arabia to a close and ensures fantastic memories of North African journeys, whether imaginary or real.
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on 12 March 2007
wow you cant get better value than this!

the sleeve notes on these 'cafe' series are a piece of story telling worthy of any travel guide sunday smart magazine..semi fictional inventions..and the music is pulsating, eastern imbued rythmic and evocative...I half expected Sid James and the 'Carry ON' crew to emerge in my mind screen disguised as overweight dancing girls...a great CD of tasters of the various styles of arabia music.. go from here to the more serious electro-upbeat arabian beats and club CDs...but for a real taste of the basics of middle eastern Rai styles... this is arabia on a budget and great world music... one of the reasons why no one should be limited ever to listening only to their own inherited trap culture music... go out there listen and feel the sand under your feet !
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on 14 April 2014
10 songs are on the album, 3 were a total disappointment with it's pop-ish, trumpet-ish style and that has nothing to do with Arabic music at all. The rest of it reminds me of the atmosphere of the Edgware Rd in London but the music selection is just not that special. Much better Arabic songs exist. Not even one song was magical enough. Not too keen on this one.
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on 22 August 2013
I purchased this as a gift for my Daughter who is off to Uni to study Arabic. She loved it and is now wanting to collect all the other CDs in this range - handy for me as I know what to get her when I want to buy her a little gift now and again. It arrived ahead of schedule too.
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on 20 August 2015
Good introduction to Arabic singing, good beats. Nice to play at a BBQ in low in the background & let the music take you to somewhere tropical while chatting or listening.
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on 12 December 2013
A good variety of styles get past the first few tracks and it is very modern a nice change to the norm.
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on 11 May 2016
Good, relaxing Arabic music.
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on 20 November 2015
Very disappointed!
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on 8 April 2015
Love the music.
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on 7 March 2014
good music in the few second to listen on-line, afterwards not what i espected, i thought the CD was it was instrumental.
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