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Baladi Blues 3: The Art of Baligh Hamdi

I ripped this last night but had a good listen to it today.


It opens with a gorgeous Alf Leila wa Leyla, which I used tonight in class, and was very well received. That gave me the chance to do a little bit of Stealth Culture Teaching! Not too much, but the drip drip works effectively in the long term, I find.

Anyway, it's also got two Mawouds, one part 2, which is basically the opening sung by Sallam, who I'm sure I've mentioned before, in relation to Planet Egypt. He looks like a little old man not long for this world when you first see him, until he gets up on stage and starts singing, when he's transported with the sheer joy of singing wonderful music. The other Mawoud is part 1, which is the instrumental intro. I like them both.

There's a Sawah, a Gana al Howa, a Zay el Howa, all of which are classics that you can never have enough different versions of. I'm particularly liking Zay el Howa at the moment. There's also a rather adorable El Helwa Di, that goes into a Baladi progression style finish, which is making me think of going back and doing a version for Double Dream Hands. In fact I had fully intended to give it a go, except I forgot my camera tonight. There's also two versions of a song I don't know, Lil ya Layali.

And there's a Baladi Andalus, which sounds very pretty and danceable.

So altogether, I'm very happy with my new purchase!

And if anyone's interested, you can get it here, or on iTunes, where you can have a sample listen, and if you prefer you can download individual tracks.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 13th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
Hows the orchestration/production-empty sounding-4 men in a garage type or fullish-Cairo band style.
Feb. 13th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
It's good, but on the expectation that it's Baladi. I don't expect it to be full orchestra, because as far as I'm concerned, Baladi only really needs a tabla, a duff and an accordeon. But it's well produced, doesn't sound echo-ey or thin.

And the orchestration includes the usual sax, from Ahmed Khalifa, as well as trumpet and oud, and guitar.
Feb. 13th, 2013 09:33 am (UTC)
Sounds like I need to download the rest of the album, I've only got a couple of tracks. Really looking forward to dancing to Mawood ( part 2).
Feb. 13th, 2013 10:45 am (UTC)
I have been meaning to download that. I suppose I should do it before Saturday ...
Feb. 13th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, what's happening on Saturday then?
Feb. 13th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
NADA AGM and workshops - and the Baladi Blues ensemble are doing the live music!
Feb. 13th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Aces!!! Why not buy a cd from them there, rather than downloading in advance. I always think that it must mean more profit goes to the artists, if I'm buying the cd direct from them, rather than a third party that needs to take their cut.
Feb. 13th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Good point - I think I will
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