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Ela Mataa?

by Ali Omar El-Farouk

This live trio recording of oud, upright bass and oriental percussion, partly inspired by classical Arabic music while incorporating African, jazz and Latin influences will take you on a meditative journey to another world.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hawl Al Naar
5:01 $0.99
2. A Thousand Kisses Deep
5:39 $0.99
3. Ela Mataa?
6:51 $0.99
4. Watan
9:44 $0.99
5. Zikrayaati
7:00 $0.99
6. Dayman Ma'aana
7:50 $0.99
7. Yally Mewannesny
5:27 $0.99
8. Sama'i Sehr Al Sharq
7:00 $0.99
9. Shedd El Hezaam
6:03 $0.99
10. Misirlou (Bonus Track)
6:08 album only
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Album Trailer:


Ali Omar El-Farouk presents in his first album a repertoire consisting mostly of his own compositions, accompanied by the talented musicians Mike De Masi and Joseph Khoury. Ali's compositions which portray his different musical influences from middle eastern and African to jazz and Latin are inspired by different themes in life such as love, nostalgia, yearning, joy, celebration, anger, objection, mourning, and grief.

The album also includes pieces from the classical Arabic repertoire, known for its beautiful melodies which are mainly monophonic and rich with colourful maqams (arabic music modes) in their content. However, in the group's interpretations of those pieces through the oud and percussion, a second harmonic layer is added with the presence of the upright bass in the accompaniment. With the addition of harmony, a cornerstone of modern western music, those pieces are presented in a new light, one in which it can be perceived that a missing piece of the puzzle has been found.

The musical interplay between the band members seeks the right balance between well-grounded arrangements and envelope-pushing improvisation.



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