Single Saturdays: Amr Diab – Ma’darsh Al Nesyan

Egyptian singer Amr Diab has released a new single Ma’darsh Al Nesiyan (I Can’t Forget)*. It’s about a man who remembers a past relationship with nostalgia.

The music is similar to past Amr Diab songs such as Ya Omerna (Our Life), Amarain (Two Moons) and Nour Al-Ain (The Light of My Eyes). There’s a mix of instruments such as the lud, qanoon, and the guitar. Amr Moustafa an excellent job composing the song, that compliments the music to the lyrics.

Amr Diab’s voice is soft, sweet and romantic. He captures the emotions of nostalgia, love, sadness and even hope.

Turki Alshaikh wrote the song with a rhythmic and flowy structure. The overall feel of the song is bittersweet because of the subject matter, as previously mentioned. He describes the nostalgic emotion of remembering a past love with great detail. The rhyming composition is a freestyle version of AABB.

The song Ma’darsh Al Nesiyan is now available.

*Interpreted by the blogger

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Single Saturdays: Ragheb Alama – Sodfi

Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama has released a new single entitled Sodfi (A Coincidence). It tells the story of a man who misses the woman he loves and reunites with her.

The music is similar to Ragheb Alama’s classic songs from the 80s and 90s such as Ya Rait (My wish or I wish), Noqdat Da’af (Weak point), and Alby Aseqha (My Heart Loves Her). It has a sweet and romantic beat. The musical style is a fantastic combination of old-fashion Arabic or Middle Eastern Music mixed with contemporary pop. Having heard his older songs and more recent works, it shows in the music the quality work.

Ragheb Alama’s voice is incredible and rhythmic. He follows the notes precisely. He sings with comfort and kindness, which is romantic.

The lyrics have a beautifully written structure to them. The rhyme arrangement is similar to ABBA with some freestyle. The subject of love is timeless, especially when two people reunite in love to give it a second chance. That isn’t common in love songs. It’s either about falling in love or heartbreak. Sources say that the song Sodfi is a sequel to a classic of Ragheb Alama entitled Asif Habibty (I’m sorry my love). It’s the technique of self-referencing. Drawing the parallel between these two songs was interesting.

The song Sodfi is now available.

Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama has released a new single entitled Sodfi (A Coincidence).

Singles Saturdays: Nassif Zeytoun -Kermal Allah

Syrian singer Nassif Zeytoun has released a new single entitled Kermal Allah (For The sake of God) *. It’s a song that’s about a man who reassures his significant other that he’s there for her.

The music starts slow then goes into an upbeat and catchy sound, which gives a sense of optimism. The dance beat of the song is a part of Classic Arabic Pop music. It reminds me of the music that I used to listen to in the early 2000s from artists such as Ragheb Alama, Amr Diab, and Moustafa Amar.

Nassif Zeytoun’s voice is smooth and silky. His vocal rhythm is natural and in sync with the music of the song. He sounds reassuring when he’s singing, because of the tone of his voice.

The words of the song are simple, yet romantic and lyrical. The poetic structure of the tune is AABB and at times, ABBA. There are a few but significant symbols. The first example is light, which represents hope and guidance. The second example is the button or switch, which exemplifies how anything can happen instantly. In this case, the guy says that in an instant he can improve the life of his significant other. The lyrics demonstrate that true love is possible and should be honoured and protected.

Kermal Allah is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Nassif Zeytoun – Ma Bzon

Syrian singer Nassif Zeytoun has released his latest single Ma Bzon (It’s Unlikely), April 4, 2019. It’s about a man who lost the love of his life and is now with someone else. However, he encourages her to stay with her new partner.

The music is slow and heavy giving it an effect of heaviness and sadness. There are moments where there were brief pauses that reminds me that someone was breathing heavily. That’s how many of us feel after a breakup.
Salim Salameh composed this song with quality music and incredible rhythm. Omar Sabbagh did a fantastic job arranging the entire song together.

In Nassif Zeytoun’s voice goes high pitch then it goes low, almost whisper-like throughout the song. One can sense the sadness in his vocal rhythm. He captures the emotion perfectly.

In the lyrics, the words have a dark feel to them. However, there are parts of the song where it sounds noble when he tells the girl to stay with her new love, even if it hurts him. The rhyme structure is ABBA, except for the chorus. Amer Lawand wrote the lyrics of the tune Ma Bzon.

Single Saturdays: Carole Samaha – Al Moutallaka

Lebanese singer Carole Samaha has new single Al-Moutallaka (The divorcee). It’s an emotional story about a woman and her post-divorce struggle.

The presence of the music is subtle at the beginning of the song because Carole Samaha describes the aftermath of a woman following her divorce. Then it becomes more present, in the second half of the tune. It’s similar to “Ne Me Quitte Pas” (Don’t Leave Me) by the late Jacques Brel. The music has a substantial feel to it because it gives the vibe of sadness of a marriage that ended and its impact on the woman in this song.

Carole Samaha sings with passion and raw emotion. She talks in a monologue fashion at first before she goes into singing. It is impressive how Carole Samaha plays with the register of her voice. She starts low then she gets intense with her sound, demonstrating how she feels in the difficult times following a divorce.

Ali Mawla wrote the beautiful poetry of this song. The words have a profound meaning to them. We may have heard songs about breakups after a failed relationship but rarely the subject of divorce. It demonstrates the challenges that women may face after a separation or divorce. One can feel the pain felt in this challenging time.

The song Al Moutallak by Carole Samaha is available.

Single Saturdays: Khaled Mounib – Aarfa Nafsaha

Egyptian singer Khaled Mounib has released a new single entitled Aarfa Nafsaha (She knows herself). It’s a love song telling the story of a man who describes how his life improved since the presence of the woman he loves -like a before and after.

The music is Arabic Pop similar to the classic style of Tarab. Mimo composed the song. The main instrument heard in this tune is the piano along with the trombone. There’s a romantic feel to this song. The beat is slow and relaxing.

Khaled Mounib’s voice has improved, developing his distinct vocal style. It has gotten more vibrant. I can hear the inspiration of late his late Amer Mounib in his singing. He sings beautifully and romantically. Khaled Mounib knows how to stay in sync with the rhythm.

The lyrics are simple but have a deep meaning of love and romance. There’s a sense of appreciation to the subject of the song. A poetic technique used in this song is repetition, to emphasize the romantic feeling. There are two rhyme structures: AABB and ABBA. AABB is the primary rhyme structure, including the chorus. However, in the beginning, there’s the ABBA structure. There’s beauty in the simplicity of the words, as achieved in this song.

Aarfa Nafsaha is available in streaming sites. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Nancy Ajram – Lya

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Nancy Ajram has a new single entitled Lya – a song dedicated to her third daughter who was born February 2, 2019. It’s a mother’s emotional tribute to her daughter telling her how much she loves her dearly.

The music sounds like a lullaby, soft and sweet with a subtle presence of Pop music. Nabil Ajram composed the song. The love is present through the composition of the tune. It reminds of some of Nancy Ajram’s slow songs from her other albums such as Hobbak Leya ( Your love for me). The composition is incredible. Listening to it is soothing and calming.

Nancy Ajram’s voice is lovely as always. She sings the joy she feels for having had her daughter Lya. The emotion of love is genuine in this song.
When I heard this song, I’m listening to a mother singing to her daughter, telling her that she’s a blessing and loved by her family.

The lyrics have a flowy poetic structure to them. Mounir Bou Assaf beautifully wrote the song Lya. The words of this lovely tune truly convey a mother’s love for her daughter. It’s personal and genuine, especially the bit where she talks about her heart that’s divided into three parts, one for each of her three daughters – Lya being the latest addition to the family.

Nancy Ajram’s single Lya is now available. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Ragheb Alama – Redelli Kelmati

Lebanese singer Ragheb Alama has released a new single entitled Redelli Kelmati (Reply to my words)*. It’s a song about heartache following a separation.

The music sounds like some of Ragheb Alama’s older songs from the 80s and early 90s such as Assif Habibty (I’m Sorry My Love)* and Farq Kebeer (Major Difference)*. The song has a lovely composition.
Ragheb Alama’s voice is impressive. He is on key with the musical notes. His voice is soft and profound. He sings with grace and elegance.

The lyrics are touching and describe the heartache one feels when a relationship didn’t go well or is struggling. It’s poetically structured. One can hear the emotions in the words of this song.

The song Redelli Kelmati is available. Enjoy!

 

Single Saturdays: Khaled Mounib – Mafeesh Kalam Yet’al

Khaled Mounib has released a new single entitled Mafeesh Kalam Yet’al (There’s nothing more to say)*. The story of the song is about a man who’s dealing with a breakup that leaves him struggling to understand what happened. The song is written, composed and arranged by Khaled Mounib.

The music has an excellent composition. Hearing the piano in the background gives the song a beautiful touch. It reminds me of Amer Mounib’s song Keda (Like this)*, which starts with the music of a piano. The flow of the rhythm is smooth and consistent — impressive work by the artist.
Khaled Mounib experiments with his voice regarding the tone of voice. In the beginning, he sounds like his late uncle, Amer Mounib, with a style of his own. Khaled Mounib’s sound is in sync with the music. He sings beautifully in this song.

The lyrics are well-written and straightforward. Khaled Mounib uses the poetic technique of repetition. It’s a way to emphasize the heartbreak, which he feels. The chorus is an example of this lyrical style. The simplicity of the words makes this song amazing.

I look forward to hearing more music from Khaled Mounib. I wish him success in the future.

*The translation or understanding of the lyrics is approximate and interpreted by the blogger.

First Single Fridays: Khaled Mounib -Toa Al Mazag

Egyptian singer Khaled Mounib has released his first single Toa al Mazag (Heavy Mood). He’s the nephew of the late Amer Mounib. The song is about a guy whose relationship is overwhelming but exciting.

The music of this song has a mix of two genres: pop and dance/techno. Some parts of the song remind me of Amer Mounib’s works, especially in the early 2000s, such as Layali (Nights), Ayam wa Layali (Days and Nights), and Moshta’alak Ainy (My Eyes Miss You). The rhythm of Toa al Mazag has a slightly different rhythm, mainly when Khaled Mounib sings the chorus. There’s a stop effect that is distinct. Mino composed the song.

Khaled Mounib has a genuine voice. At times he sounds like his late uncle Amer Mounib. It takes me a second to realize that it’s not Amer Mounib singing, but his nephew. Khaled Mounib’s goes to a higher register in some parts of the song. He has potential as a singer.

The lyrics have a structure with meaning and smooth rhythm. The words are romantic and sweet. The rhyme scheme is AA BB. Salma Rasheed wrote the lyrics of the song.

Mafeesh Kalam Ye’tal (There’s nothing more to say) is coming out soon.