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Al Helbawy, Sheikh Mohamed / Egyptian Sufi
Album:Egyptian Sufi Collection:World
Artist:Al Helbawy, Sheikh Mohamed Added:03/2003
Label:Arc Music Inc. 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-09-08 Pull Date:2003-11-10 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:28 Sep

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 21, 2016:Melange
Tala-A Al Naharo Ala Al...
4.May 11, 2004:Sun in Libra Moon in Pisces
2.Jan 25, 2014:Music Casserole
Tala-A Al Naharo Ala Al...
5.Sep 24, 2003:press and release
Asmaa Allaho Al Husna
3.Dec 16, 2004:Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
Tala-A Al Naharo Ala Al...

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-08-31 
Arc Music, 2003

Traditional Sufi religious chanting: Sheikh Al Hebawy is backed by a male chorus, with bamboo flute and percussion added for most tracks. Much like Gregorian or other religious chants, the melodies are minimal and rhythmic, carrying the words along on little waves. Many of the melodies were composed by Al Hebawy over traditional sources.

The a cappella tracks (1,2,3,5,10) would sound really good worked into a mix.

All very good, #11 is great. Fo's Picks: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11

01. 3:19 – a call to prayer, for three voices, structured like a round
02. 3:12 – a cappella group chanting of Koran verses
03. 4:18 – a recitation of the 99 names of Allah; has a really good lilting quality.
04. 5:32 – an acceptance of faith; rough, but poetic & melodic, with flute & drum
05. 5:59 – solo voice in prayer, starts quiet, becomes soaring after others join in
06. 6:58 – floating chant w/flute & drum, preaching to the masses
07. 6:57 – in praise of a holy way of life, w/flute & drum: starts slow, speeds up
08. 4:49 – very melodic track, strong flute intro, in praise of the prophet
09. 7:28 – slinky & mysterious, w/drum & flute: about Mohammed’s ethical example
10. 6:22 – solo voice in prayer, expressive and impressive
11. 5:40 – hypnotic voices under flute, then dialogue between flute & main voice

[Fo] – 8/30/03

Track Listing
1.Al Athan Al Sultana 7.Ahl El Amana
2.Khawatim Soorat Al Baqara 8.Salla Alho Ala Mohammad
3.Asmaa Allaho Al Husna 9.Ashada Rubbie
4.Qom Faqad Taba Samaai 10.Ebithal
5.Mawalaya 11.Tala-A Al Naharo Ala Al...
6.Ya Man Bel Waffa 12.Khitam