Pangia / West Of East Vol. 5
Album: West Of East Vol. 5   Collection:World
Artist:Pangia   Added:Sep 2012
Label:Pangia Vol 5  

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
Airplays: 2 2 1 2 2 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 28, 2013: Music Casserole
4. Nov 23, 2012: Oh Messy Life
Insha'allah Drum Solo
2. Jun 13, 2013: Arabology
5. Nov 15, 2012: Arabology
Turkish Delight- 9/8 Drum Solo
3. Jun 06, 2013: Arabology
6. Nov 13, 2012: Mediterraneans

Album Review
Ramzi Salti
Reviewed 2012-09-11
--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN—

Pangia is a world music band made up of 3 musicians: Pat Olson (Oud, Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard); Denise Mannion (Keyboard); Carmine T. Guida (Doumbeck, Accordion, Riq). This album focuses mainly on songs from/about Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and intersects them with different world beats and rhythms. Some tracks are written and produced by Pat Olson while others are remakes of traditional Arabic songs (with a Pangia twist). Most tracks are instrumentals.

**1. “The Night Is Beautiful” (Lebanon) Lebanese folkloric tune; upbeat (3:35)
2. “Pharonic Dream” (P. Olson) Drum sounds at beginning lead to slow, contemplative melody with lots of Oud playing (3:28) .
3. “Insha’Allah Drum Solo” (C. Guida) Rythmic melody featuring the Doumbeck drum (3:08)
4. “Finale: The Night is Beautiful” (Lebanon) Shorter version of track #1 (1:07)
5. “Noora” (Egypt) This is an old song by Farid El Attrache that has been revamped by Pangia; instrumental, mid-tempo beat (4:53)
6. “Taxsim Extreme”(P. Olson) Slow, grave melody with Oud sound dominating the track (2:44)
7. “Sarah’s Drum Solo” (C. Guida) Drums and Doumbeck; great for belly dancing (1:42)
**8. “Samra” (Traditional Arabic) Very popular tune revamped by the group and quite belly-danceable (3:27)
9. “Eastern Fire” (Lebanon) This track ‘Farhat Shebab’ was written by Lebanon’s Rahbani Bros who are known to have written most of Lebanese diva Fairuz’s songs. Nice joyous tune (3:36
10. “Yalla-Yalli, Chfta-Chifti (P. Olson) Slow, almost tribal tune with exotic music that sounds like ‘The Arabian Nights’ (3:40)
11. “Turkish Delight-9/8 Drum Solo” Upbeat, Doumbeck driven tune (C. Guida) (1:08)
12. “Siz’lah” (Turkey) Fast paced melody (2:52)
13. “Zeina” (Egypt) (3:27) Slow instrumental that pays tribute to Egyptian composer Muhammad Abdel Wahab
14. “Attar of Roses” (California) Oud, slow (2:30)
15. “Mandala California Drum Solo” Typical Pangia belly dancing tune (C. Guida) (1:43)
16. “Ah, Vervina!” (P.Olson) Nice rhythmic melody, fast (2:30)
**17. “Sultana” (P.Olson & C. Guida) Oud intro picks up as tune develops (3:34)

**My picks: 1, 8, 17 Ramzi Salti

Track Listing
1. The Night Is Beautiful   9. Eastern Fire
2. Pharonic Dream   10. Yalla-Yalli, Chifta-Chifti
3. Insha'allah Drum Solo   11. Turkish Delight- 9/8 Drum Solo
4. Finale: The Night Is Beautiful   12. Siz'lah
5. Noora   13. Zeina
6. Taxsim Extreme   14. Attar Of Roses
7. Sarah's Drum Solo   15. Mandala California Drum Solo
8. Samra   16. Ah, Vervina!
  17. Sultana