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Zakharafa (Remix)

by Helm

As always, great acoustic music whether drawing on the traditions of the Middle East and Mediterranean or our own original compositions for dancing and listening.
Genre: World: Belly Dancing
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pish Daramad
3:18 $0.99
2. Gadedt Hobak Leh
4:52 $0.99
3. Taqsim Al Bambi
3:30 $0.99
4. Ciftetelli Hakayah
4:42 $0.99
5. Hadhihi Leylati
3:35 $0.99
6. Zanouba
2:06 $0.99
7. Ya Habaybi Ya Ghaybeen
3:32 $0.99
8. Fatet Ganbena
5:04 $0.99
9. Raqsah Sai'diyah
2:49 $0.99
10. Magreb
4:02 $0.99
11. Raqs Al Souk
2:31 $0.99
12. Na Mi Naz Uni (Remix)
4:45 $0.99
13. Kakore Ja (Remix)
3:01 $0.99
14. Khamuda
3:30 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Zakharafa Remix contains a great variety of music spanning decades from Helm's history. It started with the idea of recording with friends Henri Besançon on oud and Laurie Eisler on qanun and riqq back in the early 1990's. We began recording with Henri at Ganapati's studio in Malibu where we recorded the tracks live. Henri was one of the most talented musicians ever (ask David Lindley who was one of his biggest fans as was dancer Marta Schill) renown for flamenco guitar and oud. We still laugh about the sessions today even though they occurred over 20 years ago. Henri and Mark improvised both Taqsim al Bambi and Ciftetelli Hakayah on the spot. Sadly, Henri passed away several years ago.

Laurie Eisler studied qanun and riqq for a year in Cairo with some of the top musicians. How she fit this in with all her other accomplishments demonstrates how amazing she is. Laurie overdubbed qanun and riqq at Lemon deGeorge's studio in San Francisco. Lemon is probably best known for being the audio engineer on the film, Genghis Blues. We did initial mixing at Duncan Street Studios in SF. These tracks then sat for years as we worked our way through the labyrinth of getting the rights from the Egypt for the cover songs. As we continued to release other recordings it was always in our minds to get this out to the public.

A couple pieces are solely percussion tracks. Pish Daramad on toumbak originally slated for SpiceBox and Raqsah Sai'diyah originally for Raqset al Sajat have been included here for the first time. Three songs originally released on FCBD®'s compilation release, Muse Melodic, have been remixed/ remastered and, we believe, benefit from being surrounded by music from closer genres. We want to thank John Alivezakis at Little Buddha Studio, Nevada City and San Rafael, for his expertise in remixing every thing and his patience in bearing with us and making it all work.

As always, the core of Helm is Ling Shien Bell on vocals, accordion, mizmar (zourna), and other Middle Eastern woodwinds (nay and zumara) and Mark Bell on Middle Eastern percussion (darbuka, riqq, davul or tabla beledi and framedrums). David TwoHawk has joined us for many years now also on Middle Eastern percussion. Djordje Stijepovic of Fishtank Ensemble and Tiger Army joined us on Kakore Ja playing upright bass. Corwin Bell plays mandolin on Na Mi Naz Uni.

Artwork by the late Bodhi Wind, snake photo by Corwin Bell, and the graphic artist putting it all together is Liz Malcom.



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