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Arabia: The Women's Voice
Arabia: The Women's Voice
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Artist Various Artists
Manufacturer Manteca
ReleaseDate 2002-02-11
PublicationDate 2002-05-06

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It can't be said too often that music is one of the best bridges between the West and the Arab world: the 11 singers featured in Arabia: The Women's Voice are ambassadors for peace. And in the case of Oum Kalthoum, even across Arab-Israeli battle lines. Her strong, pure tones conclude this collection, which begins with the present and then works chronologically backwards. We get a plethora of singers backed by furious electro effects, but what strikes you is the way their voices remain quintessentially Arabic. That dusky, lazy tone, which so often lingers microtonally below the note, seems impervious to extraneous influences. As we go back in time, the accompaniments become simpler and more engaging: massed strings in unison, plus an accordion or a lute or a zither. My favourites are Nagat Al Saghira, who was a child-star of Egyptian cinema in the 1940s, and the great Lebanese singer Fairouz. Nobody has ever successfully replicated her deep, dark timbre and it seems doubtful that anyone ever will. --Michael Church
Artist Various Artists
Binding Audio CD
EAN 0698458203120
Label Manteca
Manufacturer Manteca
MPN AManPro-0060665
NumberOfDiscs 1
NumberOfItems 1
ProductGroup Music
PublicationDate 2002-05-06
Publisher Manteca
ReleaseDate 2002-02-11
RunningTime 69
Studio Manteca
Title Arabia: The Women's Voice
UPC 698458203120
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