Oihid, Jimmy / Oriental Roots
Album: Oriental Roots   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Oihid, Jimmy   Added:Oct 2007

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-10-07 Pull Date: 2007-12-09 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 9 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 18 Nov 11 Nov 4 Oct 28 Oct 21
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Recent Airplay
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Ya Chaab
4. Dec 02, 2007: New World Disorder
Ya Chaab
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Paix Freedom
5. Nov 25, 2007: New World Disorder
Paix Freedom
3. Feb 02, 2008: New World Disorder
Ya Chaab
6. Nov 21, 2007: Erin is Disorderly
Ya Chaab

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-10-08
Jimmy Oihid – Oriental Roots
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/2/07
Terrific Arabian Reggae by the “Algerian James Brown” – I assume he got that name from energetic live performances rather than vocal style. The music is delicious – energetic Reggae with lots of North African elements; a very successful mashup, IMO. Oihid’s vocals are strong, and there’s female chorus on all tracks. Songs are very positive in content, as far as I can tell.
No FCCs detected. It’s all great (well, you can skip the skit…)
1. 1:05 skit – car starting, people talking in Arabic and French, a bit of Mahgrebi drums and strings.
2. 4:02 ***mellow intro, then pretty but forceful midtempo bubble with piano.
3. 3:42 ***downtempo bubble with interesting instrumentation and electronics and very cool syncopation. Singing in French and bit of “rap” in English, very sweet.
4. 3:39 ****Arabian instrumentation, upbeat skank. Energetic, fun musical mashup.
5. 3:43 ****strong midtempo bubble with fat bass sound. Long fade with just singing.
6. 3:47 ***midtempo relaxed skank, but builds a lot in energy. “Lah” is “no” in Arabic, FWIW.
7. 3:42 ****wave sounds intro, then uptempo forceful bubble – another really cool combo of Arabic music and Reggae. “Fikr fi” is NOT an FCC, BTW. It means “think about”… Hopefully everyone knows “mon frere”…
8. 3:38 ****uptempo bubble – “Get Up Stand Up” – in French, with chorus of “Freedom”… (Aston “Familyman” Barrett on bass)
9. 3:41 ****bit of radio noises intro, upbeat skank, a real hip-shaker, great feel.
10. 3:24 ***uptempo skank, interesting vocal stylings.
11. 3:46 ***hand drums and acoustic guitar intro, downtempo bubble with lots of bellydance groove. There’s a really lovely solo – the mandolin, I think? Long hand drum fade.
12. 3:36 ***very uptempo skank with great syncopation.
13. 3:42 ***track 3, in Arabic rather than French. Song is a love song “to our daughters”…

Track Listing
1. Oriental Roots   7. Khouya (Mon Frere)
2. Rasta Melodie   8. Paix Freedom
3. Bahia Ya Benti (Version Francaise)   9. Selem Selem Alikoum
4. Ya Chaab   10. Lefrekh Lefrekh
5. Sbah Elrihr Sbah Elrihr   11. Waldiya Maliya
6. La La Lah   12. Mediro Fiha Welou
  13. Bahia Ya Benti