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Kariat el Fingan

I was driving up to Greenwich to visit M, and was listening to Kariat el Fingan. I know that it's Mona Said music, and it's a song that I'm really not at all familiar with, despite it being by my beloved Abdel Halim, so it was good to have a chance to listen to the long version, rather than chopped down "dancer's versions". I was starting to worry that I'd got it all wrong and that the music that I distinctly associate with Mona was going to turn out not to actually *be* from Kariat el Fingan, but about 29 minutes in, there it was, so I was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

I have to say, the beginning of the music is a bit non-inspirational for me, but there are a couple of sections deep in the middle of the piece that I'd love to dance to, if I could get them in a good production version.

And now, because I'm thinking of the lovely, and really very naughty Mona:

You're welcome.


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Jun. 13th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
The lovely Vashti has a wonderful cut of kariat should you ever feel the need to explore other versiions.
Jun. 14th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
DO you mean to tell me that you're not transported into ecstasy by the Roald Dahl Tales of the Unexpected synthesiser noodling???? I AM SHOCKED.
Jun. 14th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
PS does your version have that man yelling "ALLAHU AKBAR!" after said noodling? In some ways, that is my favourite bit. Because it's mental.
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have, or maybe I just didn't get to that part of the song (I only got through about 2/3 of it). I'm sure I would have noticed an Allahu akbar.

And yes, that would be menkle!
Jun. 15th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's pretty early on. It's a live version, obviously. Very noisy standard Abdel Halim crowd. I always get the impression his audiences were younger and very heavily male, compared to Oum Khalsoum.
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh I was digging the synthesiser noodling, but digging the electric guitar more. And I was picturing the man in a ruffly shirt with big collars and a big moustache, playing the guitar all moodily and seriously.
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