Single Saturdays: Marie-Mai – Je Décolle

French-Canadian singer Marie-Mai has released a new single entitled Je Décolle (I’m starting). The story is about a woman who develops the courage overcome her fear and doubt she previously felt.

The music is a combination of the following genres: Pop and Dance. The beat of the song has an intensity that compliments the lyrics. The rhythm of the music has a stop and go effect during the chorus that’s incredible. The song ends with the sound of the violin fading into the background.

The lyrics are words of empowerment, which is an inspiration for a woman who seeks freedom and the courage to let go of her past. There’s a sense of strength and independence. These qualities shine through and prove to wrong those never to doubt a strong woman.

Marie-Mai’s voice has evolved over the years, especially since Star Académie. Her voice is richer in sound and stronger than ever. She always impresses me with every song she sings.
I look forward to her next album, coming this Fall.


Single Saturdays: Amr Diab – Yetalemo

Amr Diab has released another song from the album Kol Hayaty (All My Life) entitled Yetalemo (They’re Learning)*. The song tells the story of a man who falls in love at first sight.

The music of Yetalemo reminds of Amr Diab’s older material from the late 90s and early 2000s. The instruments heard in this song are Qanun and Darabukka (Egyptian Tabla- chalice drum). I believe there’s also the subtle sound of a Loud. The combination of the sounds of these musical instruments creates a joyful and fun tune.
Amr Diab’s voice is smooth and consistent. It’s in sync with the music. The quality of his voice has gotten greater over time. He impresses every time I hear him sing.

The lyrics have incredible rhymes throughout the song. There are poetic techniques that give the tune its richness such as repetition and personification. The examples of recurrence are repeating the word Yetalemo and Adda (transmitted). At the beginning of each verse, you can hear the word Yetalemo, which emphasizes the subject of how people will learn about how his attraction to his love interest is getting stronger.

Yetalemo is the fifth single for Amr Diab. The album Kol Hayaty will be released October 3, 2018.

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

Single Saturdays: Nancy Ajram-Badna Nwalee El Jaw

Nancy Ajram has released a new single entitled “Badna Nwalee El Jaw” (We want to create a pleasant atmosphere)*. The song is about celebrating a joyful event such as a wedding or a party in general. I can imagine bellydancers in some of those events.

The music has a mix of traditional Arabic music (folk-style music) and pop music. It makes one want to get up and dance. The style of the song reminds of the music of the late Sabah and Ragheb Alama, especially in the 70s and 80s, for both artists. There’s a nostalgic feel to it.

Nancy Ajram’s voice reminds me of two amazing singers Sabah and Asmahan, a mix of both. It has an old-fashioned style to her singing style in this song. Her voice compliments the music quite nicely. The way she sings is new and refreshing and just as incredible as her other songs.

The lyrics are full of joy and optimism. When I hear the words of this song, I think about classic Arabic songs from Abdel Halim Hafez to Ragheb Alama.

Single Saturdays: Moustafa Amar – Yekhreb Aqlak Bahebak

Egyptian singer Moustafa Amar has released a new single entitled “Yekhreb Aqlak Bahebak” (Overwhelming Your Mind with Love)*. The song is about a new relationship and the excitement that’s associated with this feeling.

The music is subtle in the beginning then becomes more present after the first verse. It’s a mix of Arabic music with Modern pop. Some parts have a dance feel to it. The dance part starts when Moustafa Amar sings the chorus the first time around.
Moustafa Amar’s voice is high-pitch but in a controlled manner. The rhythm of his voice is consistent and in sync with the music of the song. It goes deep when he sings the lyrics before the chorus. His voice is distinct and unforgettable.

The lyrics are simple, yet catchy. The verses are more detailed than the chorus. The words of the song rhyme in a smooth fashion. It is a romantic tune, regardless of the simplicity of the lyrics. The words focus on love at first sight. There aren’t any metaphors or similes, but it doesn’t take away the essence of the song.

Single Saturdays: Bastian Baker-Stay

Swiss popstar Bastian Baker has released a new single entitled Stay. It’s a song about the challenges of relationships.

The music of “Stay” has a style of 70s music, mixed with beats of 90s techno music. Clapping of hands can be heard in the background. The composition of the song is fantastic.

Bastian Baker experiments with his vocals when he sings in a lower and deeper register when he sings the verses. In the chorus, however, he sings with a high-pitch voice that reminds of BeeGees’ Barry Gibb. There’s a softness to his voice, which gives an effect of whispering at times. The whistling in the background compliments the music nicely.

The lyrics are incredible! The poetry style in this song reminds of poetry reading or poetry slams, regarding how Bastian Baker sings the words, subtly combined with the music. Before the chorus, he repeats the words in the background, which is a stylistic detail that I find interesting.

Bastian Baker’s self-titled fourth album will be out in the U.S. October 26, 2018.

Single Saturdays: BRDGS-All My Friends

Canadian singer BRDGS has released a new single entitled All My Friends. It’s a song that tells the story of a guy who feels like he’s falling behind in life, in comparison to his friends. However, he seems to accept that later on in the song. I recently attended my 10-year High School Reunion, which had me thinking of this song. It was also a reminder of how my friends and I are at different stages in our lives, and it’s okay.

The style of the song reminds me of 90’s/early 2000’s Pop music, especially N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. There’s a nostalgic feel to it. The rhythm of the music has a beat-box style to it. Then, there’s a pause before the chorus, which is brief, but effective.
BRDGS’ voice is solid and distinct. His voice goes a bit high-pitch but in a smart manner. He sings along with the music with impeccable timing. His voice blends into the background in the beginning and before the last verse. It’s quite interesting.

The lyrics have a rhythm that flows naturally and effortlessly even. The words may rhyme in the traditional sense, but they do have similar effects in how they sound. It starts negatively, and then it ends on a hopeful. Enjoy life to the fullest! That is my interpretation of these lyrics.

Single Saturdays: Chad Brownlee-Dear Drunk Me

Canadian singer Chad Brownlee has released a summer hit entitled Dear Drunk Me. The song tells a story about a man who speaks to his drunk self not to do anything that he would regret later. To more specific, he says to the drunken version of himself not to call his ex-girlfriend. It’s a reminder of not to repeat the same mistake.

The musical style of this song is Country. One can hear the sound of a guitar in the background. The pace of the music is slow at times then tempo increases when Chad Brownlee sings the chorus. There’s a sound of hands clapping that blends in the background. Everything is well put together in this tune. His voice is in sync with the music.

Chad Brownlee’s voice is low and smooth. The British Columbia native’s voice sounds like that of a southern gentleman. He sings goes high voice, similar to that of BeeGees’ member Barry Gibb in between the chorus and the verses. The changes in his sound are impressive. The pause when he says “When you’re…drunk me” is an interesting detail in the song.

The lyrics are descriptive and precise, which are like a letter from the sober man to his drunken self about the consequences of the state in which he finds himself. The subject of being drunk is a relatable topic.

It is a well-written and catchy song!

Single Saturdays: Ragheb Alama- Yalla Habibi Feat. Seyi Shay & Costi

Ragheb Alama has released another single for the Summer season entitled Yalla Habibi (Let’s go my love or Come on my love) featuring Nigerian-British artist Seyi Shay and Romanian singer Costi. It’s a lovely blend of cultures. That is especially the case in the music (below).

The music of Yalla Habibi is a fusion of different genres, which are Arabic, Dance, R&B with a subtle hint of Pop. There’s a beachy-feel to it the beat of the song. It reminds of the song of the musical style of a tune from the early the 2000s, called Yalla Ya Shabab (featuring Armenian-Iranian Andy Madadian). However, Yalla Habibi has a faster tempo. It’s an experimental style that differs from what Ragheb Alama usually sings. His musical style is typically a mix of Arabic music with Pop music.

The lyrics are romantic and fun. Repetition, a poetic technique, gives it a simplistic form. Most of the tune is in Arabic, with some parts sung in English. Both Seyi Shay and Costi sing a few words in Arabic, which is impressive. The subject of love is evident in this song.

Ragheb Alama’s voice is incredible as always and slightly remixed with the music. It didn’t affect the quality of his singing. Seyi Shay’s voice is powerful, even if she just sang briefly. It’s unforgettable, and I look forward to discovering more of her music. Costi’s voice, like Seyi Shay’s sound, is also memorable. Their voices compliment each other very well.

Ragheb Alama’s latest single Yalla Habibi is available on music streaming sites. Enjoy!

Single Saturdays: Michaël-Donnons-Nous La Peine

French-Canadian singer Michaël has released a single entitled Donnons-Nous La Peine (Let’s Gives Us a Chance). The story is about a man whose relationship is going through difficult times, and he’s uncertain of what to do.

The music is slow and subtle. Marc Dupre composed the song, Donnons-Nous La Peine. It reminds me of the soothing sounds of meditation melodies that I listened to from time to time, especially a rainforest. Michaël’s music is similar to that of Marc Dupre and Nicola Ciccone.

Michaël’s voice is smooth and soft. His style of singing reminds of Marc Dupre. An example of a tune by Marc Dupre is “Song.” When Michaël sings the verses of the song, it touches like a spoken word. The chorus, however, his voice is louder, and with intensity and passion.

The lyrics have a rich vocabulary, notably in French songs. They describe the struggles of a relationship, but there is still a sense of hope. There’s use of metaphors and similes. For example, he tells his significant other, if she stays, he gets out of his desert (first verse). Another example is how without his lover, it feels like war but reuniting with her is like a peace treaty. The description of these metaphors and similes is incredible.

Donnons-Nous La Peine is a marvellous poetic song by Michaël.

Single Saturdays: Jonny Zywiciel- It Gets Better

Jonny Zywiciel has released a new single entitled “It Gets Better” this week. The s It’s a song that can cheer you up when one is dealing with difficult times. There’s a sense of hope and optimism.

The music in this song is upbeat and unforgettable. The guitar has its presence in tune, which is part of Jonny Zywiciel’s style. The beat of the guitar has a consistent rhythm. His voice is in sync with the music. It’s a happy and catchy song!

The lyrics are positive, optimistic and cheerful. The subject of the song is overcoming life’s obstacles, and not to give up trying in doing so. Confidence is present in the song “It Gets Better,” along with hope and optimism. It’s a tune that has words of wisdom.

Jonny Zywiciel boldly experiments with his vocal chords in the most impressive manner. His voice goes deep in some parts of the song but then transition into a higher pitch smoothly and seamlessly. At the beginning of the song, Jonny Zywiciel goes low with his voice, which gives it an impressive touch.

His music gets better and better with time. I wish him a bright future for him.