Ghada Ghanem | Reehet Shiti (Smell of Rain)

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Reehet Shiti (Smell of Rain)

by Ghada Ghanem

Lebanese Soprano Ghada Ghanem sings in Arabic Lebanese poems of great poet Talal Haidar, composed by late Zaki Nassif, Elie Shweyri, Salah Sharnoubi, Charbel Rouhana and herself.Middle Eastern music
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tarakouni Ahli
4:19 $0.99
2. Sawtak marak al masafi
5:25 $0.99
3. Abayet raml
4:00 $0.99
4. Kohl al ayn
7:36 $0.99
5. Hal kan indon bayt
5:44 $0.99
6. Reehet shiti
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ghada Ghanem, one of the Semi-finalists at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions 1996/ Eastern region in NYC, is a Higher Lebanese National Conservatory graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in Law/ St. Joseph University and a Master's in Vocal Performance/ Rice University in Houston, TX. Her Houston Grand Opera Début was in Le Nozze di Figaro in 1991. Miss Ghanem had won the Encouragement Award from the Wagner Society, in NYC/1995. She has also concertized in Russia, Japan, Lebanon, Canada, and the USA at major concert halls like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, Dag Hammerjskold Auditorium, the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, Symphony Space, CAMI Hall, Merkin Hall, MIT Univ., Detroit Museum, George Washington Univ., Ann Arbor, Agnes Scott college in Atlanta, The Museum of civilizations in Ottawa, Univ. of Massachusetts etc., in the Tchaikovsky Hall /Moscow and in Act City Hall in Hamamatsu /Japan, The Royal Palace Theater/ Amman, The International Damascus Festival, the Babylon Festival...

Miss Ghanem can be heard in ‘After Black Room’, A Composition by Sarah Plant (A Middle Eastern Chant on Robaiyyat Omar Al-Khayyam), commissioned by Bill T. Jones Dance Group, New York - 1996. Her first self-produced recording is titled ‘Come ready and see me’ â€" 1997, a collection of love songs in Russian, French, English and Arabic and is also found on CDBaby:

In August 2004, Miss Ghanem gave a solo concert with Pianist Ramzi Yassa, sponsored by Talal Abu Ghazaleh & Co International at Cambridge University in England. Her Cambridge University Classical Concert was out in 2004.
You could hear it at:

This is her first Arabic album "Reehet Shiti" / ‘Smell of rain’, in which she sings in Lebanese the poems of poet Talal Haidar, is produced by Ghadafone @ 2005.
You are welcome to watch on Youtube the song she composed and which gave the title to the CD: Smell of Rain or Reehet Shiti at:
Also form the same CD, you could watch her sing Tarakouni Ahli (My parents left me) composed by the late Zaki Nassif performed with the Lebanese Oriental Symphony Orchestra

Miss Ghanem is also interested in Voice Teaching and her book The Land of Singing is published in 2007 by the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music, and is intended for all serious singers.

Ghada is also creator of Beirut Underground Opera (a group on in the intention to create a network for all those who love opera)

Miss Ghanem is releasing her new album Ave Maria form 17 different composers, centuries and countries on
Hope you will Enjoy it!



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Dr Kamal Dib

A wondeful collection of high calibre authentic Lebanese singing
I received this CD as a gift from a friend who travelled to Lebanon in early 2006; my friend new appreciate serious singing and artsy forms of musical expression. Ghada Ghanem met my standards that require the equivalent of Fairuz, the Diva of Lebanese chant, no less. Through six songs, Ms. Ghanem serves authentic Lebanese-dialect poetry by the giant of popular lyrics Talal Haidar, played on the music of such household names as the legendary Zaki Nassif, and the strongly recommended Elie Choeuri and Charbel Rouhana. We also get the surprisingly beautiful composition of the title song Rihet Chiti by the singer herself.

If I want to sum up this listening experience, I could relate to the reader this episode. I was having my morning coffee and doing my writing while playing Ghada Ghanem's CD in the background. After a while, I couldn't distinguish the singing style or the music from those of Fairuz. Afterwards, I felt I wanted to play this CD again in the car, and in the evening. It gets more beautiful with additional playing.

I should also point out the artistic CD cover, in paper, environmentally friendly, no jewel case, in lavish Arabic calligraphy, and some very ordinary photos of Ghada Ghanem. No heavy makeup, no "new look", and no heavy pretensions to stardom. You get the impression when listening to Ghada that this is a very intelligent and well-educated woman and not your normal pop supermodels that are proliferating in Beirut and Cairo.
I want more of Ghada's work. And I am looking forward to an equally satisfying album.

Dr. Kamal Dib
A Canadian economist with a love of music.


hai hgkrg rkjig kejfj kjjefewfk

nazih aljibawi

Ghada Ghanem
Ma Sha'a Allah, Ghada: thank you so much, You really One of the best that I listen to, I think you the second Firouz, best of luck.

3abdalla ghbash

This Album is one of the oriental music album
we needed in our life ... thank U Ghada and thank U Talal

3abdalla Ghbash

thank U miss ghada


thanks a lot miss ghadah for every thing you give it to me . your voice is terrific . I loved your song (( sawtak marak al masafi )) thanks again...


Land Mark in Arabic Music
This is a serious work. The first and fourth tracks are landmarks in Arabic Music. The words have the effect of magic, the metaphors are well crafted and you can actually smell rain when hearing the last song. I personally did not find anything new in the 3rd and 4th interms of lyrics or music, although they are good.

fadi hayek

ri7et chiti
marvelous and great voice with great lyrics and music


Amazing !
since i saw her on "festival du monde arabe" in Montreal, i wanted to buy the CD, and now i cant stop listening to it !! she got an amazing voice ... and the first song is my favorite one!