Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, names that have turned heads in alternative Arabic music with solo albums and conspicuous collaborations, with Lekhfa they give birth to an off kilter sound where layers of grit and beauty intertwine in and around the dystopian poems of their contemporary Mido Zoheir, whom they've dubbed the fourth member in this creation and one of the most talented Egyptian poets of their generation.
Mixed by Khyam Allami, Mastered by John Dent at Loud.
CD Tracklisting: 1. Kont Rayeh 2. Nefsif Akli 3. Ekaa Maksour 4. Mathaf Fonoun El Ghesh 5. Mazzikaw Khof 6. El Shahwa Wel Soaar 7. Teskar Tebki 8. Woshoush El Leil 9. Makonsh Wakoun 10. Ayez Awsal
Described by NOW as an 'interesting and magnetic collaboration', Halawella is an experimental musical partnership between Egyptian singer and songwriter Maryam Saleh, a powerful voice for her generation, and pioneering electro-music producer Zeid Hamdan, who has been described as the 'godfather of Lebanese underground music'.
The duo have developed their blend of traditional Arabic songs, hip-hop and electronica, which unites to produce raw, energetic and sophisticated music that reflects the contemporary political situation.
Maryam Saleh & Zeid Hamdan's work together includes original music by both artists, alongside covers of classic Arabic songs, including Maryam's personal inspiration, Sheikh Imam, a friend of her father and who she knew well growing up.
Tracklisting: 1. Watan El Akk 2. Valerie Giscar D Estaing 3. Nixon Baba 4. Eslahat 5. Emchi Ala Rimchi 6. Ghaba 7. Youyou 8. Walaa Soda 9. Halawella 10. Chal El Hawa
Electrosteen - ¹is an initiative to bring Palestinian traditional music, in its widest sense, into the contemporary international art/musical scene.
A team of professional researchers/musicians/technicians carry out an extensive fieldwork, documenting the oral musical traditions of different ethnic and religious communities of historic Palestine.
An audio material library, collected from existing archives or recorded from professional and non professional urban, rural and Bedouin musicians, was found at Popular Arts Center in Ramallah.
An agreement was signed between Made in Palestine project and Popular Arts Center to use this library that represents an important data base to produce new music.
This is how, during a 2 weeks workshop, a team of carefully selected Palestinian contemporary young musicians and DJ's was asked to work on the production of original tracks, using this database as a starting point.
Tracklisting: 1. Uru Salem - Muqataa (ft. Mehdi Haddab and Walaa Sbait) 2. Dusty Floor - Bruno Cruz 3. Ya Halali - Sarouna M 4. Hadoo - Julmud (ft. Walaa Sbait) 5. Yabnel 'Am - Al Nather (ft. Shab Jdeed) 6. Algeriasteen-Bruno Cruz (ft. Mehdi Haddab and Walaa Sbait) 7. We Palestinians - Nasser Halahlih 8. 7ajee - SAMA 9. Abiroon - Muqataa 10. Zeffeh Aftermath - Basel Naouri 11. Egal El Zain - Nasser Halahlih 12. Hide & Seek with the Sun - Bruno Cruz 13. Da7etee - Julmud 14. Trinity - SAMA
Mesh Baghanny is the debut album of Maryam Saleh. The album presents her works, ones which grew throughout the previous years in music, performance, and even politics.
We're ought to witness a complete piece of work that is capable of letting go of progressiveness to innovate the future itself.
'The album is successful in choosing its lyrics, by digging out the original even if it was depressing, and digging out the homeland even if it was fake, and the exile even if it was satisfying.' - Al-Akhbar Newspaper
Maryam Saleh is a major creative force and a powerful voice for her generation, Egyptian singer and songwriter Maryam Saleh composes and performs music that is personal, political and philosophical; intense, intelligent Egyptian music with Arabic language and influences of Trip Hop and Psych Rock.
Tracklisting: 1. Roba'iyat Shagar El Tout (El Donia) 2. Hasr Masr 3. Kashf Asary 4. Watan El Akk 5. El Ghareeba 6. Toul El Tareeq 7. Roba'iyat Shagar El Tout (El Kedb) 8. Wahdi 9. Sor3et El Ayam 10. W Leh Tenrebet ? 11. Ana Mesh Baghanny 12. Roba'iyat Shagar El Tout (El omr)