Nonesuch Explorer Series / Nubia: Escalay (The Water Wheel)
Album: Nubia: Escalay (The Water Wheel)   Collection:World
Artist:Nonesuch Explorer Series   Added:Sep 2003
Label:Nonesuch Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-09-29 Pull Date: 2003-12-01 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 16 Nov 2 Oct 26
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 19, 2018: Melange
The Water Wheel
4. Nov 11, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
Remind Me
2. Dec 08, 2015: Clean Copper Radio COP TALK
Remind Me
5. Oct 28, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
The Water Wheel
3. Jun 14, 2005: Long Songs & Odd Segues
The Water Wheel
6. Oct 21, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
Remind Me

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-09-16
Originally released in 1971. This features Hamza El Din on oud (like a lute) and vocals. El Din was born in 1929 in an area of Nubia now underwater from the Aswan dam. The title track is 21-minutes long and recreates the work of the water wheel, complete with creaking as it starts up and then a hypnotic flow. It’s relaxing and low-key, but don’t underestimate it. El Din has tremendous skill and power and uses various techniques to create a sense of place that transports you. Amazing stuff!

*1. A water-wheel opera. At times slow, at times fluid (like water). His soaring vocals and amazing technique on the strings is a captivating and fascinating performance.
*2. The oud as guitar. Melodic, varying tempos, wonderfully intricate playing. An Egyptian, as opposed to Nubian composition. Almost flamenco at times. You can get lost in this one.
*3. A tar (frame drum) leads into vocals. This one’s too short! Joyful, relaxed, happy.

Track Listing
1. The Water Wheel   2. Remind Me
  3. Song with Tar