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Abdel Hazim "Shifting"
  • Performed By: Abdel Hazim
  • Album: Wu
  • Album UPC: 885007527206
  • Album ID: abdelhazim5
  • Label: Sahara-Productions.com
  • CD Baby Account: CDB00023565
  • CD Baby Track ID: TR0001062556
  • ISRC: usx9p1406689
  • Released: 11/29/14

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Urban fusion like you never heard before. A real innovation in oriental music, an invitiation to dance. Daring contemporary compositions featuring rare instruments like fujara, guembri, arghoul and distorted sintir on haunting electronic arrangements.


"Les monts des Ouled Naïl", an oriental ud on a raïbeat invited to dance; "Hips hop", bellyhop or hiphop beats and strokes of fujara;
"Spaceship Karnak" or urban dabke and beledi, an extensive trip into outer space, features instruments such as chalumeau and guembri; "Streets of cosmic Marrakesh" features the Turkish cumbusj; "L'orchestre du hamam" brings an oriental suite on a bed of afrobeats and middle eastern salsa; "Shifting", a floating guitar on a shifte telli construct;
"Wu", arabesks on fujara; "Dawr chamsa" a 5/4 beat exploration of waltzing sound
"Mood @ war", or how far can you go? "Dance of the bee" goes that far, based on the dance that French novelist and orientalist Gustave Flaubert witnessed in Egypt.
Opening track "Les monts des Ouled Naïl" - composed on an oud of the Syrian master builder Ibrahim Sukar - evolves from a lyrical melody into a irresistable raï beat.
This time Abdel Hazim collaborated with fujara player Jàn Marmenhout on track 2, 5, 7 and 9.
"Mood @ war" explores rhythm changes from 7/8 to 4/4 with experimental fujara arrangements.
The arghoul - an ancient Egyptian wind instrument with origins in time of the faraons - is used on the "Dance of the bee", the 10/8 beat used in ancient egyptian music is maintained but the tune gets a contemporary feel with the use of the daf, a framedrum.
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