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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 16Nov 2Oct 26

 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