El Harrachi, Dahmane / Zhit Ma Habibi (I Came With My Beloved)
Album: Zhit Ma Habibi (I Came With My Beloved)   Collection:World
Artist:El Harrachi, Dahmane   Added:Nov 2012

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-11-11 Pull Date: 2013-01-13 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 13 Nov 25 Nov 18
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 13, 2013: Mediterraneans
Mayen Faa Ghir Essah
4. Jan 08, 2013: Mediterraneans
Mayen Faa Ghir Essah
2. Feb 23, 2013: Music Casserole
Assanit Ouefhem
5. Nov 22, 2012: Arabology
Assanit Ouefhem
3. Jan 16, 2013: Mediterraneans
Mayen Faa Ghir Essah
6. Nov 13, 2012: Mediterraneans
Zhit Maa Hbabi (I Came With My Beloved)

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2012-11-07
Dahmane el Harrachi, “Zhit Ma‘a Habibi” (I came with my lover)
(Jasmine Music, 2010)
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Dahmane El Harrachi (real name Abderrahmane Amrani, 1926 -1980) was an Algerian châabi (pop music) singer, songwriter & instrumentalist. Like many Shawi (Chaoui) Berbers, whose lands in the Aurès were confiscated after an 1870 revolt against France, he moved to France in 1949, eventually settled in Paris & made his fame playing in Algerian cafés. The re-release of these songs is part of the revival of this genre, especially in France, with its large North African immigrant communities. Châabi is a symbol of secular, cosmopolitan, culture – typically anti-Islamist. El Harrachi’s best-known song, “Ya Rayah,” was covered by Rachid Taha. Most tracks have a similar sound: mid-tempo, improv banjo (played like an oud) intro & vocal by El Harrachi backed by a chaâbi ensemble – oud, violin, percussion, etc. Some with chorus. All worth playing. Sorry, my Algerian colloquial isn't good enough to do most of the translations.

***1. Zhit Ma‘a Hbabi (or habibi, I came with my lover) – Mid-tempo, banjo intro, solo vocal - 6:37
***2. Qalou Essaber Inal (They said patience...) – Long banjo improv on intro; girl chorus - 6:45
3. Qis Qbal Ma Tghis – boy chorus - 7:04
***4. Khabbi Serrek (Hide your secret) style is like 1 - 5:43
**5. Assanit Ouefhem – percussion on the intro, mixed chorus - 4:31
6. Elkhbar Ijibouh Touala – This one begins with the ensemble & chorus - 5:01
***7. Yal Ghafel – ensemble & chorus, like 6 - 5:44
8. Elli Yeddi Haq Hennas – style is like 1 - 5:02
***9. Ila Kannek Aouam – Super cool solo, extra long, banjo intro - 6:19
****10. Mayen Faa Ghir Essah - Best track on the album - 5:49

Track Listing
1. Zhit Maa Hbabi (I Came With My Beloved)   6. Elkhbar Ijibouh Touala
2. Qalou Essaber Inal (They Said Patience)   7. Yal Ghafel
3. Qis Qbal Ma Tghis   8. Elli Yeddi Haq Hennas
4. Khabbi Serrek (Hide Your Secret)   9. Ila Kannek Aouam
5. Assanit Ouefhem   10. Mayen Faa Ghir Essah