El Khalil, Omeima / Ya
Album: Ya   Collection:World
Artist:El Khalil, Omeima   Added:Sep 2012
Label:Forward Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-09-14 Pull Date: 2012-11-16 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 18 Nov 11 Nov 4 Oct 28 Oct 21 Oct 14 Oct 7 Sep 30
Airplays: 1 3 1 1 2 3 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 13, 2014: Arabology
Ouhibbouka Akthar
4. Mar 21, 2013: Arabology
Ouhibbouka Akthar
2. Feb 27, 2014: Arabology
Shab Y Sabiyeh
5. Jan 17, 2013: Arabology
Ouhibbouka Akthar
3. Dec 20, 2013: Arabology
Shab Y Sabiyeh
6. Dec 06, 2012: Arabology
Ouhibbouka Akthar

Album Review
Ramzi Salti
Reviewed 2012-09-11

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Known throughout the Eighties and Nineties for her powerful vocals and somewhat traditional songs, Omeima El Khalil’s 2011 album represents a break from the norm for this relatively famous female vocalist who attempts to now fuse western beats with Arabic lyrics while tackling themes that center on love’s joy and pain. Latin beats dominate several of the tracks on this CD, while other songs sound traditionally Egyptian.

**1. “Ouhibbouka Akhtar” (I Love You More) (5:32) An a cappella declaration of passion; haunting vocals (5:32).
2. “Ya Helou” (Handsome Guy) fuses salsa rhythms with Arabic lyrics. (4:17)
3. “Daret El Kahweh” (Serving Coffee) Slow ballad about drinking coffee from a broken cup. (6:56).
4. “Ya Sidi” (Master) is the single that was commercially released and seems the least interesting in terms of musical experimentation (4:04)
5. “Ila Akhirihi” (Etc.) sounds a bit bluesy and jazzy while mixed with a Latin beat that changes into regular Arabic rhythm (3:51)
**6. “Shab Y Sabiyeh”(A Boy and a Girl) Sweet, romantic ballad about a love that defies society and time.(5:07)
7. “Laff” (Turn) Fast rhythm, danceable, long musical introduction no lyrics, just chanting (4:05)
8. “Iyam” (Days) Starts slow then picks up. Song about jealousy and envy among people (4:42)
**9. “Mazaj”(Mood) (Beirut Biloma Remix) Western rhythm, slow ballad, featuring Omeima’s chanting voice without any lyrics (5:48).

**My picks: 1, 6, 9 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1. Ouhibbouka Akthar   6. Ila Rkhirihi
2. Ya Helou   7. Shab Y Sabiyeh
3. Leh?   8. Laff
4. Daret El Kahweh   9. Iyam
5. Ya Sidi   10. Houwe
  11. Mazaj (Beirut Biloma Remix)