domenica 14 dicembre 2014

Cheikha Habiba Saghira شيخة حبيبة صغيرة

Cheikha Habiba Saghira was a algerian singer of the seventies and eighties. The adjective "Saghira" (little) differentiates her from the "big" or original Habiba, Habiba Labassia.

This collection brings together some of her best songs .

A clarification: the young and glamorous girl on the cover is not Cheikha Habiba Saghira .

01 Nebghi Nechreb
02 Bghou Issaoutouni
03 Rabbe Ykhallasse
04 Ould Bladi
05 Cherbi Maaya
06 Lebhar Aliya
07 Galbi Frah
08 A Yamina
09 El hob eddani
10 Bkou Maaya
11 Bghain hannouni
12 N'dirou hafla
13 Ensal fik
14 Sahbi dar aliya
15 Dour amouri
16 Chira ghaydhana
17 Yasker Ou Yebki



venerdì 28 novembre 2014

Dounia Batma دنيا بطمة

Dounia Batma ( born April 1, 1991, in Casablanca, Morocco) is a Moroccan singer who rose to popularity around the world as the runner-up of the first season of Arab Idol (the Arabic version of Pop Idol) on MBC. She lost the title against Egyptian contestant Carmen Suleiman.

Batma was born and raised in Hay Mohammedi, in the Ain Sebaa-Hay Mohammedi district of Casablanca, Morocco. Her uncle, Laarbi Batma, is the leader of Moroccan fusion group Nass El Ghiwane, considered by Martin Scorsese as "Africa's Rolling Stones". She studied tourism after high-school, without stopping to dream about a musical career. In 2010, at the age of 18, she took part in a Moroccan musical competition, called Studio 2M, broadcast on 2M TV, in the Oriental category. She sang various songs of both Moroccan and Middle-Eastern repertoires, and reached the semi-finals. Even if she didn't reach the final, she managed to release a single "Aalash Tgheeb" (Why are you hiding?) in Moroccan Arabic which didn't become very successful. But she realized that she would need to go further to get the career she was expecting and Arab Idol was a great venue to reach the Arab World heart.

On 8 September 2011, Batma auditioned for the Arabic music competition Arab Idol. The show is the pan-Arab version of Pop Idol and a rebirth of Future TV's show Super Star. The winner of the competition should win a contract with recording label Platinum Records and Chevrolet Corvette (C6) as well as an important advertisement campaign with Pepsi.

She auditioned in Casablanca, and performed La Tfaker (by late Tunisian singer Thekra) in front of the jury composed by Lebanese pop singer Ragheb Alama, Emirati diva Ahlam and Egyptian music producer and musician Hassan Shaf'ei. They invited her to join in, which introduce her to the Arab audience. She was selected in the top 10 against contestants from Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt.

Batma's vocal abilities amazed the members of the jury and made her among the favorites since the very first prime, where she performed Talal Maddah's "Magadir". Her performance was so strong and so intense that it made Ahlam cry out of emotion. She then excelled in various dialects and various styles from classic Egyptian songs (Umm Kulthum, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Warda, Faiza Ahmed), to Arabic pop music (Samira Said, Fulla, Najwa Karam, Asala Nasri) and Gulf music (Ahlam, Mohammed Abdu, Talal Maddah).

Among her most notable performances were her rendition of Umm Kulthum's Darrat El Ayam, for which she received unanimous praises from the jury and her singing of Ahlam's Akhtar Men Awal Ahebak (in Gulf Arabic), for which Ahlam (the singer of this song and member of the jury) said : "It is an honor that you sung this for me".

On March 24, she lost the title against the Egyptian contestant Carmen Suleiman.

During a press conference, Batma seized the chance to clarify that her try in the Middle East is due to the opportunities that can be offered there, and added that “the launch of my artistic career from the East won't affect my contribution to the promotion of Moroccan art, and won't also affect my pride of my mother tongue”. Many viewers noticed that Batma didn't use her Moroccan Arabic whenever she was speaking in front of the audiences and switched to another Arabic dialect (mostly the Khaliji dialect) as most Moroccan artists usually do when they travel to the Middle East. She considers Asma Lamnawar and Hoda Saad as role models

After the show, the CEO of Saudi Platinum Records, Rashed Al-Majed, signed her to the label. saying that her voice was "rare". She received a Mercedes. Dounia Batma got married to her manager Mohammed Al Turk on 20 December 2013.

(Source : Wikipedia)

 Dounia Batma دنيا بطمة 2014

01 - Omy Daeatly
02 - Faged Hananek
03 - Hobak Asal
04 - Ya Galbou
05 - Mashi Shoghli
06 - Asameh
07 - Ala Fekrah
08 - Haik Kedha
09 - Adel Elhess
10 - Tawak Teji
11 - Msh Farqah
12 - Fi Tali Elleil
13 - Men Metah
14 - La Trouh
15 - Hani Hani
16 - Ey Tehbn

Bonus track :

Dounia Batma - Badri

Dounia Batma - Wala Fakhbaro


giovedì 27 novembre 2014

Sabah صباح - R.I.P 1927 / 2014

Sabah, an actress and singer considered an icon in the Arab World, has died, Lebanese media reported.

Al-Nahar newspaper said the Lebanese diva passed away on Wednesday morning at her residence at the age of 87. The Lebanese official news agency confimed her death, saying she passed away in Beirut.

During her more than six-decade long career, Sabah, who was born as Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali, released over 50 albums and acted in 98 films.

She is reportedly the first Arabic singer who performed at Olympia in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Piccadilly Theatre in London and Sydney Opera House in Sydney, according to the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper.

The deceased singer was born in Bdadoun, a Lebanese town in the Baabda-Aley province.

She is known for her multiple marriages, tying the knot with at least nine men.

She brought out her first song in 1940, while her parallel screen career began three years later in Egypt, the centre of the Arabic film industry.

She held Egyptian, Jordanian and US citizenship as well as Lebanese, and continued to perform and make television appearances into her 80s.

In Lebanon, she was humorously mocked for refusing to leave the limelight, clinging to youth through surgeries, marriages to younger men and garish outfits.

Sabah was nicknamed "Shahroura", Arabic for "singing bird" and "the Sabbouha," a diminutive for "Sabah" by millions of fans across the Middle East.

"Today, Lebanon lost a legend. Sabah is gone but she remains in our hearts," famed Lebanese pop singer Nancy Ajram said on Twitter.

"Her memory will remain in the minds and hearts of millions," she tweeted.

Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt wrote on Twitter: "She was a great singer of a Lebanon that my generation knew, that will never come back".

( Source: )

Morta a 87 anni la divina Sabah

Libano in lutto per la scomparsa , a 87 anni, di Sabah , vera e propria leggenda del canto e del cinema famosa in tutto il mondo arabo. Una carriera lunghissima durata oltre 70 anni  affiancata  a una vita sentimentale da vera diva ( sette mariti....) . " Per il Libano  è una perdita  enorme, ma la sua fama è andata oltre i confini del Libano invadendo ogni paese arabo ", ha detto il ministro dell'informazione di Beirut , Ramzi Jreij.  Sabah, nome d'arte per Jeanette Feghali, aveva debuttato come cantante nel 1940 e , qualche anno dopo, come attrice cinematografica , raccogliendo i più grandi successi sullo schermo in Egitto.
Interprete di circa 3000 canzoni, 98 film (libanesi ed egiziani)  e 27 spettacoli teatrali libanesi, Sabah  ha continuato ad apparire in programmi televisivi  ed eventi dal vivo fino a cinque anni fa .  Sabah è stata tra l'altro la prima cantante araba ad esibirsi  all'Olympia di Parigi e alla Albert Hall di Londra . La sua vita è stata segnata nei primi anni da una tragedia famigliare , quando un fratello ancora minorenne uccise la madre per punirla di presunte relazioni extraconiugali , e poi fuggi dal Libano.

(Fonte : Il Manifesto  )

Sito ufficiale di Sabah :

Sabah  صباح  - Dabke Volume 1  الدبكه اللبنانيه  


01 Shofto Belqantarh
02 Ya Bet Al-Den
03 Men Halwady
04 Geb El-Mgwz
05 Eny Ya Mngyrh
06 Yslam Lana Lebnan
07 Ala Dbkah Qomoa
08 Al-Nda Al-Nda
09 Ya Khyl Ballyl
10 Mrhbtyn
11 Aallyky


 Sabah  صباح  - Dabke Volume 2  الدبكه اللبنانيه

01 Allah Maakom Ya Shabbab
02 Taala We Tetaamar
03 Aly Al Zaman
04 Aamer Farahkom
05 Dek El Kaff
06 Zaqfi Ya Shabab
07 Menawareen
08 Allou Albashayer
09 Qoumou Nerkoss
10 El Mjawazz Allah Yizeedou
11 Saide Leyletna Saide
12 Biayya Mdaress Aalmouk


Sabah صباح - Shams Al Shamws شمس الشموس

01 Alo Bayrot
02 El Qalah
03 Atshanh Ya Sabaya
04 Al Warqh Khrtsht shwy
05 Men Al Sham Le Bayrot
06 Dabkh Men Hal Wady
07 Ya Bet El Den
08 Shofto BelQnater


Sabah صباح - Ana hina انا هنا

01 Hasdyny Aly Hobk
02 Ana Hena
03 Habybt Amha
04 Qal Eih Beyhab
05 Dmah Khafyf
06 Kedba
08 Abw Aldlal Walbghddh


Sabah  صباح  -  Ashqah We Mskenh  عاشقه ومسكينه

01 A El Deah
02 Ashqah We Meskenh
03 Yana Yana
04 Gany We Talb Al Smah
05 Zay El Asel
06 Kol Ma Bashofak


 Sabah  صباح  -    Sabah Favorites

 01 Ah Ya Zein
02 Ali Ya Ali
03 Allo Beirut
04 Aal Nadda Nadda
05 Aal Rozana
06 Aal Asfourieh
07 Wassaltina L'Noss El Bir
08 Ghaltan Bel Nemra
09 Aal Rayeh Wel Jay
10 Jina El Dar
11 Yam El Eyoun El Attaleh


More of SABAH  Here

venerdì 21 novembre 2014

Les Frères Mégri الإخوانحسن مجرې - Psycho folk from Morocco

The experience of the brothers Megri is been unique in the history of the Moroccan music. In the 70s, they were the protagonists of a romantic-pop music in Morocco.
Les Frères Mégri was a Moroccan rock band formed in Oujda, Morocco. The band consisted of four members, the three brothers, Hassan, Mahmoud and Younès Mégri, and their sister Jalila Mégri. Before the creation of the band, the four Megri brothers were popular session musicians, composers and producers from Morocco.
The group was created by Hassan Megri, author, composer, singer, painter and passionate 
 researcher of Persian calligraphy.

Hassan Megri  حسن مجرې
In 1957, Hassan, along with his brother Mahmoud, records for Moroccan radio the song "Min Youm Habitek " . The duo began a concert tour, playing in the main cities of Morocco.
The next few years will be dedicated to creating a musical style more personal. Sources of inspiration will be the musical tours and research trips through the Arab countries, the Mediterranean area, Asia Minor and India.

In the early seventies, after they signed a recording contract with Philips Records of France, Hassan and Mahmoud released four singles as Les Frères Mégri. "El Harib/Heya Essamra", "Galouli Ensaha/Kellemtini", "Sebar / Ououd Ou Chouk" in 1971 and "Sabar / Chaaltiha Nar" in 1972. 

Younès Megri يونس مجرې
Their musical approach. very close to the feelings of the new generation of young Moroccans hungry for new things, take them to be considered as the Beatles of the Arab world.

The band gained wide recognition in Morocco, the Arab World and Europe. Later, Les Frères Mégri released two albums in 1974, the first album "Younes et Mahmoud" was a collaboration between Younès and Mahmoud. The second album, released in the same year, "Younes Hassan Mahmoud" was a collaboration between all three brothers.
The full recognition of their work will take place during a European tour in 1976 with a concert at the Olympia theater in Paris. For all of the '80s will continue to perform at various festivals.

In 2004, Hassan and Jalila released an album "Hassan & Jalila - Sebbar " as Les Mégri.

Discography :

Mahmoud, Hassan Et Younès ‎(1974)

Younes Et Mahmoud ‎(1974)

Les Megri Hassan & Jalila - Sebbar (2004)


Galouli Ensaha / Kellemtini
Hey di dam dam / 'anna chkoun

El harib / Heya essamra

Sebar/ Ouroud ou chouk

الإخوان مجري [(بالفرنسية: Les Frères Mégri) ، (بالإنجليزية: Megri Brothers)] أو (الإخوان مگري) هي فرقة روك مغربية نشأت في مدينة وجدة في المغرب. الفرقة الموسيقية تتكون من أربعة أعضاء ، الإخوة حسن و محمود و يونس و أختهم جليلة. الفرقة اشتهرت في المغرب و العالم العربي و الدول الأوروبية في أواخر الستينات و أوائل السبعينات. قبل تأسيس الفرقة ، كان الإخوة مشهورون بأعمالهم الفنية كعازفين في جلسات التسجيل و تأليف و كتابة الموسيقى و الإنتاج الفني.

بدأت الفرقة بإصدار أربعة أسطوانات للأغاني المنفردة و التي كانت بمشاركة حسن و محمود قي أوائل السبعينات. بعدها قام الإخوان مجري بإصدار ثلاثة ألبومات. في عام 1974 ، أصدر يونس مجري و محمود مجري ألبومهم الرسمي الأول بعنوان "يونس و محمود". وفي نفس العام أصدرت الفرقة أولبومها الثاني بعنوان "يونس ، حسن ، محمود" والذي شارك به حسن مجري مع إخوته. وفي عام 2004 أصدر حسن مجري و جليلة مجري ألبوماً بعنوان "حسن و جليلة" وأشير إلى الألبوم بـ "المجري" "Les Mégri" بدلاً من "الإخوان مجري" "Les Frères Mégri".

Les Frères Mégri الإخوان مجري -   Mahmoud, Hassan & Younes Mégri   يونس   حسن     مح مود 

A1 Chaaltiha nar شعلتيها نار
A2 Ya Mraya يا مرايا 
A3 hey di dam dam ھﯥ دي دام دام 
A4 Hiya samra ھﯥ سمرة
B1 Layly Tawyl ليلي طويل 
B2 El Harib الھارب
B3 Galouli Ensaha ڭا لٯلي إنساھا 
B4 Sebar صبار



Les Frères Mégri الإخوانحسن مجرې

The tracks from 01 to 06 are from the album: "Younes Et Mahmoud ‎"(1974)
The remaining tracks have different origins.

01 Maghroum مغروم
02 Ya Mraya يا مرايا
03 Layly Tawyl ليلي طويل
04 Yamma ېا اﻣﻪ
05 Malek Malek ملاك ملاك 
06 Waqtach Tef'hem وقتاش تفھم
07 Kyf كيف 
08 M7al Tnsany محال تنساني 
09 Anse Al-ly Ra7 انسى اللي راح 
10 D3at Ly دعت لي
11 Ayam wa Snen ايام و سنين
12 Kellemtini   كلمتنې
13 Ma Radesh ما راضيش

martedì 18 novembre 2014

Lemchaheb لمشاهب

Knowing that the immense task of being another Nass el Ghiwane clone was going to prove difficult, Lemchaheb decided to go their own way since day one। Their predecessors Nass el Ghiwane were already excelling at reviving the millennia old legacy of Morocco's musical heritage in popular music। Lemchaheb chose to stick to just making popular music, and surprisingly, excelling at that too! Lemchaheb's music was simpler and catchier: mandolins and guitars, percussions, and vocal harmonies। They chose not to associate themselves with any brotherhood।
Their achievements helped establish the modern chaabi music in Morocco in a way that they were among the first to play Moroccan pop music using western instruments, hence setting the rules for the genre.

Lemchaheb, or the "The Torches", also hailed from Hay el Mohammadi in Casablanca. The band was started by Moulay Cherif Lamrani who approached Mohamed Bakhti, a friend of Nass el Ghiwane, about starting a similar band in 1973. Moulay Cherif had a father who was conducting bands in Oran on the lute. He learned a lot from his father as well as from the Oujda Conservatory of Music. His first band was something similar to the Oujda band, Ikouane Migri (Migri Brothers) who were playing western pop music, and had drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. The first Lemchaheb line-up consisted of Moulay Cherif, the Bahiri brothers (ex-Tyour el Ghorba) and a young girl Saida Birouk. They released an EP of four songs and gained notice. The Bahiri brothers changed course and it was time to hire new recruits. First was Mohamed Batma (brother of Laarbi Batma) and his longtime friend Mohamed Sousdi, then Hassani-poet Mbarek Chadili. Hence, the first official lineup was formed by Mbarek Chadili, Moulay Cherif Lamrani, Mohamed Sousdi, Mohamed Batma and his wife Birouk Saida around 1975.

Their infectious melodies soon took hold of a large portion of listeners. By the end of the seventies it was hard not to sing along songs such as Khiala, Dawini, Denia Allah, Khayi, El Oued (El Ghadi B'id), Amana and Attaleb. Saida left the music scene shortly after and Mohamed Hammadi joined. Other classics came in, such as Meddahou, Ya Chra' and Yahli.

In the early 80's, Chadili left and they hired Noujoum Ouazza on the electric guitar. His sound is very distinctive; a clear toned electric with a chorus+flanger effect. He added a dreamy sound that complemented Lamrani's acoustic mandolin. His impact on the band is still present in the band's sound; the flanger effect that he used became a trademark. Even Lamrani adopted later an acoustic mandolin but with an electric pickup and a light flanger effect. This short-lived line-up would rework some old songs and also write new songs of its own. Who could forget Moualna, Tbaye' Annass, and Khlili? After receiving an offer from the German World Fusion band Dissidenten to join them on their album, Lamrani left the band temporarily and brought Chadili with him to Germany. They wrote and played the already classic material featured on Sahara Elektrik. Meanwhile, Noujoum took complete control of string duties, and Chadili and Lamrani released some solo albums when not playing with Lemchaheb. This period of Lemchaheb was very mediocre compared to their previous years. They started including electronic drums like Jil Jilala and released awful albums like Tab'i Rebbani, Majnoun Had el 'Alam and Ibda'ate Khalida. These albums nonetheless contained some real standout tracks like Goubail Dehmiss, Lgara and Tfada Ya Louglib.

Noujoum left Lemchaheb to become a full-time member of the Dissidenten live line-up. And with Lamrani back on the mandolin, they release T'ala a Bouya Tchouf and Ya Latif. These two albums contained such great tunes like Youm Kounti M'aya, Dounia Allah (II), Ya Latif, and the epic Al Jounoud. After taking a hiatus in the mid-90's, they came back with a stream load of albums. They did however update their sound: they started incorporating elements of modern music such as drums, bass and keyboards. But fans of Lemchaheb need not worry, the basic elements were still there; the symbolic voices of Sousdi and Batma, the high wails of Hammadi and Chadili and of course the mandolin of Lamrani were still in good shape. Great songs like A'tini Mnin Na'ti Yal 'Ati, Zenzen ya Nhel, Koura ya Ard were made as well as Dounia which is a tribute to Laarbi Batma. They also updated a lot of their timeless classic with their new sound.

(Source :

Lemchaheb (1975) لمشاهب   

A1 Al khyala الخيالة
A2 Amana أمانة
A3 Alwad الواد
B1 Attalab الطالب
B2 Wanaommi وأنا مي
B3 Lalla Lakbira للا لكلبرة
B4 Kif Nghanni Ya Sah كيف نغني يا صح


 Lemchaheb (1978) لمشاهب

01 El 'arabe العرب
02 Tbayaa Nass طبايع الناس
03 Takassime تقاسيم
04 Khlili خليلي
05 Mouwalna موالنا
06 Takassime تقاسيم



Lemchaheb لمشاهب - Tchetet ach n'sour 

01 Tchetet ach n sour
02 Maskhaou_befraki
03 La tansani
04 Jlatini riahek
05 Lighara


Lemchaheb لمشاهب - Youmek jak يومك جاك

01 Youmek jak 

02 Tbedelti
03 Tal sabri
04 L ouassi alina

05 Ana ghadi