Boniche, Lili / Trésors De La Musique Judéo-Arabe
Album:Trésors De La Musique Judéo-Arabe Collection:World
Artist:Boniche, Lili Added:Dec 2014
Label:World Village/ Harmonia Mundi 

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Recent Airplay
1.Apr 11, 2015:Mix Tape
Ma Bine Eih (What's With Us?)
4.Feb 21, 2015:Mix Tape
2.Mar 07, 2015:Music Casserole
Elli Ghir
5.Feb 21, 2015:BravoMarco Variety Show
Alger Alger
3.Feb 28, 2015:Music Casserole
Ana Fil Houb (I'm In Love)
6.Feb 19, 2015:Mix Tape
Ma Bine Eih (What's With Us?)

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2014-12-28 
Lili Boniche, “Tresors de la musique judéo-arabe” (World Village, 2014)
Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Lili Boniche (1922-2008), born in Algiers to a Spanish-Jewish family, sings in Arabic & French & plays oud, accompanied by piano, accordion, clarinet & violin. A cult album in world music circles first released in 2004. This reissue has 3 previously unreleased tracks. Musical fusion at its best - North African folk, French chanson, tango & rumba. He called it "francarabe." These poetic ballads are a variant of Algerian chaabi (popular) music that emerged between the 2 world wars & flourished until Algerian independence in 1962. Boniche moved to France in 1947 & became a fixture at the prestigious Le Soleil d'Algérie cabaret, where he was a favorite of future President François Mitterand. He returned to Algeria but like most Jews, left in 1962. From the late 1990s he (& Enrico Macias) led the revival Algerian chaabi in France.

Try 1, 2, 9, 12

1. Ana El Owerka – mid-tempo ballad - 5:47
2. Mazalat Fi Bali - (You’re still on my mind) – Violin improv, vocal solo in Jewish cantorial style, then upbeat 6/8 - 6:01
3. Ma Bine Eih (What’s with us?) - Latin beat with clarinet break - 5:05
4. Guitarra – tango style ensemble - 3:03
5. Inchallah Terbah - (God willing, you’ll win) - Piano & bongo lead Latin-Arab tune - 2:57
6. Golo Le Fene – solo piano, violin, vocal improv, lot of embellishment - 5:46
7. Ana Fil Houb (I’m in love) – slow violin & clarinet solos, then mid-tempo blend of Arab/Latin beat - 5:37
8. Bambino – All Latin beat - 2:45
9. Alger Alger – his signature tune, slow love ballad to his home town - 5:17
10. Ya Taleb – deceptively slow violin intro to md-tempo arabesque -5:36
11. Le Mariage – (The wedding) – Mid-tempo, Judeo-Spansih traditional /Franco-Algerian wedding dance music - 6:52
12. Elli Ghir – Perhaps the most “Arab” sound on the CD, chaabi style - 8:59
13. Elli Hebna – Andalusian piano riff intro, French chanson style - 3:10

Track Listing
1.Ana El Owerka 7.Ana Fil Houb (I'm In Love)
2.Mazalat Fi Bali (You Are Still On My Mind) 8.Bambino
3.Ma Bine Eih (What's With Us?) 9.Alger Alger
4.Guitarra 10.Ya Taleb
5.Inchallah Terbah (God Willing You'll Win/Be Successful) 11.Le Mariage
6.Golo Le Fene 12.Elli Ghir
 13.Elli Hebna