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Chamamyan, Lena / Ghazl El Banat (Cotton Candy)
Album:Ghazl El Banat (Cotton Candy) Collection:World
Artist:Chamamyan, Lena Added:Dec 2013
Label:Lena Chamamyan/Self 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-12-19 Pull Date:2014-02-28 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Feb 23Feb 16Jan 26Jan 19Jan 5

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 03, 2015:Arabology
Gher Shi (Something Else)
4.Feb 13, 2014:Arabology
Ya Hali (My People) Version 2; Improv
2.Feb 19, 2014:Femme Fatale
Awwal Mousafer (First Traveller)
5.Jan 25, 2014:Music Casserole
Akher Elaan'oud (The Last Spoiled One)
3.Feb 15, 2014:Music Casserole
Ghazl El Banat (Cotton Candy)
6.Jan 16, 2014:Arabology
Henna Wa-Zahr (Henna And Flower) Qanun Intro

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2013-12-18 
Lena Chamamyan, Ghazl El Banat (Cotton Candy) (Lena Chamamyan, 2013)
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Armenian-Syrian singer-songwriter Lena Chamamyan studied classical singing at the Damascus Higher Institute of Music. Since 2011 she lives in exile in Paris. Her 3rd CD continues her musical project: reviving Syrian & Armenian folk songs keeping the original melodies & lyrics while fusing micro-tonal Oriental modes & Western harmonic style. More Armenian content than her previous CDs. Smooth & sweet mezzo-soprano voice with a big range. She performs delicate Oriental embellishments & jazz scats accompanied by an electric (bass guitar) & acoustic (piano, trumpet, qanun, drum kit) ensemble.
Try: 1, 5, 8, 9-10

1 - Awwal mousafer (First traveller) - mid-tempo, sweet, in the style of Fairouz; cello solo – 6:20
2 - Ya hali (My people) version 1 “How are you my people?” slow, a cappella until about 1:20; mourning for the fate of Syria– 5:45
3 - Oror (Yalla tnam) – Armenian lullaby; Lena accompanies herself on a sansula, a German-made thumb piano inspired by African music – 2:40
4 – Scheherazade – Music & lyrics by Lena; Based on 1001 nights. A clever woman saves others from death; mid-tempo cello & piano intro; Lena joins at 2:33 – 5:33
5 - Akher Elaan'oud (The last spoiled one) – Big mid-tempo qanun intro; upbeat dance when Lena’s voice & percussion join in - 4:43
6 - Ghazl el-banat (Cotton Candy) - Music & lyrics by Lena; for the Syrian war generation of children. Call to drop the “culture of weapons;” jazz solo turns -3:54
7 - Manfa (Exile) - slow; eerie vocal; jazz interpretation of a Gregorian chant - 5:25
8 - Diramayren (Holy Mother) – Cello intro; slow & dark; from medieval Armenian Good Friday liturgy - 3:56
9 - Henna wa-zahr (Henna & flower) – virtuoso solo qanun, intro - 1:21
10 - Henna wa-zahr (Henna & flower) - trumpet, percussion & voice join in – 6:15
11 - Ya hali (My people) vers. 2 - more instrumental improve on this version - 4:34
12 - Gher shi (Something else) - mid-tempo, piano; displays her vocal

Track Listing
1.Awwal Mousafer (First Traveller) 7.Manfa (Exile)
2.Ya Hali (My People) Version 1 8.Diramayren (Holy Mother)
3.Oror (Yalla Tnam; Lullaby) 9.Henna Wa-Zahr (Henna And Flower) Qanun Intro
4.Shehrazad 10.Henna Wa-Zahr (Henna And Flower)
5.Akher Elaan'oud (The Last Spoiled One) 11.Ya Hali (My People) Version 2; Improv
6.Ghazl El Banat (Cotton Candy) 12.Gher Shi (Something Else)