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Various Artists / Rough Guide Egypt
Album:Rough Guide Egypt Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:11/2003
Label:World Music Network 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2004-06-28 
[coll]: ROUGH GUIDE TO EGYPT
World Music Network, 2003

A pretty good assortment of popular Egyptian music that does not neglect the unique sounds of Egypt’s Nubian/southern region. There are a few big contemporary pop hits, but they sound pretty weak when placed side by side with classic pop songs, traditional music, and new fusions. Poke around, there’s some good stuff here.

Fo’s Picks: 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, 13

1. 5:30 – uptempo pop, smooth as butter, fem voc & a little guitar
2. 4:33 – another uptempo dance-pop number with guitar thrown in
3. 5:33 – slinky spy-movie ballad, breathy fem voc. Exactly the sort of track hipster electronica producers would try to imitate today.
4. 7:58 – sweeping orchestral tribute to great singer Oum Kalthoum
5. 5:33 – uptempo Nubian: multi-layered drums, horns, raw vocal
6. 6:59 – Nubian melody & group vocal enters a new-age/triphop zone
7. 4:28 – syrupy pop: cheesy synths derail an otherwise pretty ballad
8. 3:41 – midtempo pop ballad, silky male voc & catchy riffs
9. 5:52 – old, muddy vocal recording and newer, perky orchestra
10. 4:17 – live recording, passionate fem voc and lively orchestra
11. 6:16 – ah, a man and his oud (plus a drum). Simple and beautiful.
12. 8:26 – relaxed, with cheesy ‘60s organ, like lounge or film music.
13. 4:58 – classic café song for film, sort of a pan-Mediterranean feel

[ Fo ] – 6/28/2004


Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Angham Leih Sebtaha
2.Diab, Amr Aktar Wahed Beyhebak
3.El Saghira Ana Baashaq El Bahr
4.Fadl, Mahmoud/Salwa Abou Greis Hayart Albi Maak
5.Kuban, Ali Hassan Henna
6.Mounir, Mohamed Sala Fi Serri We Gahri
7.Angham Tedhak Alaia
8.Diab, Amr Agini Regeatelek
9.Abdel Wahab, Mohamed Jafnoho Allama El Ghazal
10.Warda Walaw Ennak Ya Habibi Beied
11.El Din, Hamza Nabra (Gold Ore)
12.El Saghira, Nagat Ah Law Tearaf
13.Hafez, Abdel Halim Ahwak