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Khcheich, Rima / Min Sihr Ouyounak (The Magic Of Your Eyes) - Live Tribute To Sabah
Album:Min Sihr Ouyounak (The Magic Of Your Eyes) - Live Tribute To Sabah Collection:World
Artist:Khcheich, Rima Added:04/2013
Label:Rima Khcheich 

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Album Review
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Reviewed 2013-04-18 
Rima Khcheich, Min Sihr Ouyounak (The Magic of Your Eyes) © Rima Khcheich
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN Reviewed by Abu Ramses
Rima Khcheich’s 4th album, recorded live at the American University in Beirut, consists of covers of songs originally sung by the prolific Lebanese singer-actress Sabah (b. 1927) in films between 1953 and 1966. Songs by Egyptian composers (3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10) are in Egyptian dialect. 1, 6, 9, 11 are pop songs in Lebanese dialect. Sabah, who remained popular into the 1970s was a notorious coquette with trademark long, thick hair, dyed blond like Marilyn Monroe. Khcheich’s voice with precise intonation & ornamentation dominates. Unlike her earlier work reflecting her classical training & attraction to jazz, she stays true to the form of Sabah’s original performances, though in her own style (more classical & sober with mawwal improvs) & warmer voice. Ensemble is mainly a traditional Arabic takht: Michel Khairallah, Tony Khalifeh, Mona Semaan, Anis Hawi (violins); Afif Merhej (oud); Imane Homsi (qanun); Samir Siblini (nay); Khaled Omran (double bass); Wassim Helou (tabla); Salman Baalbaki (riq); & 7 member choir.

Tracks
***1. Marhabtein (Two hellos) comp. Philemon Wehbe; up beat, tabla driven, nay solos, Lebanese pop style - 6:04
2. Rouh ‘ala Mahlak (Go slow) comp. Munir Mourad sweet, mid-tempo; qanun solo - 4:09
3. Ana Hina Ya ibn al-Halal (I’m here, worthy man) - comp. Muhammad al-Mugi; lyrics Salah Jahin; mid-tempo - 6:01
4. Ya Kawini Ya Ali - (My torturer, Ali) – comp. Farid el-Atrache; upbeat tabla & nay solos - 5:24
5. El-Ghawi (The man in love) comp. Muhammad al-Mugi; melodramatic, oud solo - 10:19
6. Rayha Abil Habibi (I’m off to meet my lover) - comp. Afif Radwan; Egyptian style with oud solo, violin breaks and ensemble riffs - 6:41
7. Habibit Oummaha (Her mother’s darling) comp. Farid el-Atrache; mid-tempo, classical-style qanun solo intro; then nay - 6:16
8. Min Sihr Ouyounak – composer Muhammad ‘Abd al-Wahhab; slow a capella solo intro - 6:36
**9. El Samkeh (The fish) – comp. Munir Mourad – slow oud solo, ensemble riffs, vocal ornamentation - 5:31
***10. Ahibbak Yani (I love you) – comp. Farid al-Atrache; beautiful vocal ornamentation - 5:43
****11. Al Nadda (Oh Nadda) – comp. Rahbani brothers; Lebanese pop love ballad; incorporates a mawwal; nay solo - 4:50

Track Listing
1.Marhabtein (Two Hellos) 6.Rayha Abil Habibi (I?M Off To Meet My Lover)
2.Rouh ?Ala Mahlak (Go Slow) 7.Habibit Oummaha (Her Mother?S Darling)
3.Ana Hina Ya Ibn Al-Halal (I?M Here, Worthy Man) 8.Min Sihr Ouyounak (The Magic Of Your Eyes)
4.Ya Kawini Ya Ali - (My Torturer, Ali) 9.El Samkeh (The Fish)
5.El-Ghawi (The Man In Love) 10.Ahibbak Yani (I Love You Yani)
 11.An-Nadda (To Nadda - A Girl's Name)