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Levantine Indulgence

by Gaida

“A song sequence of alluring beauty” exploring Arabic traditional, folk, and improvisational styles, intersperse with Middle Eastern dancing (sharqi) , jazz, bossa nova, and contemporary ballad sung by Gaida’s powerful yet refined and expressive voice...
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dream
2:13 album only
2. Ammar
3:43 album only
3. Illak Shi
4:01 album only
4. Indulgence
8:25 album only
5. Kaifa Uhibuka
3:37 album only
6. Salam Min Dimashq
7:00 album only
7. Almaya
3:37 album only
8. Ghayeb
4:54 album only
9. Bint Elbalad
4:59 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
The Fertile Crescent is known as the birthplace of civilization. Levant, which includes modern-day Syria, was The Crescent’s desert oasis. For millennia, Arabs have traveled north to Levant for its natural beauty and abundant food. Levant is the birthplace of Gaida's family and ancestors.
The songs on Levantine Indulgence represent the eclectic mix of musical styles Gaida has absorbed over her lifetime. She explores the flexible qualities of traditional Arabic maqam (modes) and improvisational style, in Arab folk, Egyptian baladi, and Tarab (ecstasy) songs interspersed with jazz, bossa nova, and contemporary ballad. Levantine Indulgence is a highly personal retrospective showcasing over a decade of work, and is remarkable in that it was recorded entirely live in the studio. In this debut album, Gaida exposes her innermost emotions using her powerful yet refined and expressive voice. Each song is at its core about love, longing and caring. In Gaida's own words, “I will always sing with tears close to my eyes, beats pounding my fragile heart, and care wrapping the entire world.”
Gaida was born in Germany and raised in Damascus, and has also lived in Kuwait, Paris and Detroit. She now resides in New York and is considered one of the city’s leading female vocalists.

Levantine Indulgence, a song sequence of alluring beauty, is steeped in the traditional music of Gaida’s Syrian heritage, but also shows the eclectic worldview of a New York singer-songwriter"—Timeout New York.



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ILham Badreddine Mahfouz

great voice, great songs,
a great voice with wonderful melodies , meaningul lyrics that take you on a memory lanes filled with warm pasionate love songs , great CD , wonderful music , I hope we can get more cd's of Miss Gaida great treasures.
thanks for this wonderful experience and great memories with amazing songs and great voice.
ILham Badreddine Mahfouz

Jennifer Buljan

Well worth the Indulgence...
If Indulgence is an inability to resist the gratification of whims and desires, then the album "Levantine Indulgence" by Gaida holds true to its title. It embraces the Levantine culture through pristine melodic rhythms and styles. Gaida carries the music with one pure voice filled with power, beauty and emotion. With each song on the album you take another step deeper into a mid eastern Oasis rich with culture and beauty. Definitely indulge!

Haitham Alnazeer

quality music on the go
I adore listening to this album in my car. Each track is beautiful and unique, and there's never a dull moment. Gaida's voice is just a delight! I especially love Almaya and Bint Elbalad :) A must-have for any Arabic music fan...