Ajram, Nancy / Sahret Tarab (A Night Of Ecstacy)
Album: Sahret Tarab (A Night Of Ecstacy)   Collection:World
Artist:Ajram, Nancy   Added:Dec 2011
Label:New Sound  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-01-08 Pull Date: 2012-03-11 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Mar 11 Mar 4 Feb 26 Feb 19 Feb 12 Feb 5 Jan 29 Jan 22
Airplays: 1 2 2 3 3 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 14, 2015: 1-14-2015
Mistaniyak (I'm Waiting For You)
4. Jan 30, 2013: Mediterraneans
Alf Layla Wa-Layla (A Thousand And One Nights)
2. May 30, 2013: Mediterraneans
Habibi Inta (You Are My Beloved)
5. Jun 26, 2012: Mediterraneans
Alf Layla Wa-Layla (A Thousand And One Nights)
3. Feb 27, 2013: Mediterraneans
Alf Layla Wa-Layla (A Thousand And One Nights)
6. Jun 07, 2012: Arabology
Sallim 'alayha (Greet Her)

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2012-02-15
Nancy Ajram / Sahret Tarab (An Evening of Ecstacy)
(New Sound, 2011) – ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN
Reviewed by Abu Ramses

Nancy Ajram is the all-time 3rd best-selling female vocalist in Lebanon & an icon of early 21st century Arab pop. Her success is partly due to showing lots of skin in her videos, as most Lebanese female singers do. (For a tame idea see a video of track 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfnm3F2B_-Y) There’s a limit to how long plastic surgery can keep you looking young and sexy, so now she has to rely more on her voice. On this album – recorded from live performances – Nancy stakes a claim to being a serious artist by singing classics of the 1950s to 1970s. Several tracks have debka-style elements, a nod to her Lebanese roots. Nancy’s high & somewhat thin soprano voice doesn’t match the rich mezzo-soprano of “the lady” (Umm Kulsum), but she is worthy in her own right.

These are all classics and worth a play. My personal faves 1, 2, 6, 8, 10
1. Mistaniyak (I'm waiting for you) – Has a natural break at 8:45 (applause) before a 2 ½ min. debka-style musical bridge if you don’t want to play a very long track – 16:06
2. Alf Layla wa-layla (Thousand & One Nights) – One of Umm Kulsum’s greatest; music by Baligh Hamdy; lyrics Mursi Gamal 'Aziz - 4:41
3. 'Al eih yis'aluni (They'll ask me what he said) – 2:50 upbeat musical intro; plaintive solo; chorus joins in @ 5:25 - 8:46
4. Lamma rah al-sabr minu (When patience left him) – Piano intro; Lebanese debka style chorus & percussion @ 1:15; originally sung by Sherifa Fadl – 4:03
5. Darat al-ayyam (The days turned) – 1 min musical intro is perhaps too much for a short track, though the kanun instrumental is nice - 3:00
6. Ya hubbi illi ghab (My love that is gone) Piano & nay intro – 2:37
7. Salam ‘alayha (Say hello to her)–Heavy piano accompaniment & male chorus -1:40
8. Habibi inta (You are my love) – Lots of audience participation, synthesizer & a male voice on this song written by Lebanese Milhem Barakat; too brief - 1:11
9. Law sa'aluk (If they asked you) – Slow ballad of lost love composed by Baligh Hamdi and originally sung by Warda al-Jaza’iriyya - 3:04
10. Haga ghariba (A strange thing) – A cover of the duet originally sung by ‘Abd al-Halim Hafiz and Shadia in their 1963 film “Ma‘budat al-Gamahir” (The Beloved Diva) -7:17
11. Ma 'andaksh fikra (You have no idea) – Debka-style musical intro to a number originally sung by Warda al-Jaza’iriyya - 7:40
12. Ya wad ya ta'il (Oh you cold man) – From the 1972 film “Watch Out for Zuzu” starring Su’ad Husni. Tahiyya Carioca (Zuzu’s mom) sings this coquettish tune - 5:52
13. Mushtaga lik (I miss you) – An Arab Gulf song by Ya‘qub al-Khizi; lyrics by Shaykh Sabah Nasir al-Sabah - 6:32
14. Tuba (Repentance) – A rousing melody with lots of clapping composed by Muhammad ‘Abd al-Wahhab. Ends suddenly without finishing – 4:33

Track Listing
1. Mistaniyak (I'm Waiting For You)   8. Habibi Inta (You Are My Beloved)
2. Alf Layla Wa-Layla (A Thousand And One Nights)   9. Law Sa'aluk (If They Ask You)
3. 'al Eh Yas'aluni (They'll Ask Me What He Said)   10. Haga Ghariba (A Strange Thing)
4. Lamma Rah Al-Sabr Minnu (When Patience With Him Has Gone)   11. Ma 'andaksh Fikra (You Have No Idea)
5. Daret Al-Ayyam (Days Passed)   12. Ya Wad Ya Ta'il (Oh Boy, Oh Heavy One?)
6. Ya Hubbi Illi Ghab (My Love Which Is Gone)   13. Mishta'a Lik (I'm Longing For You)
7. Sallim 'alayha (Greet Her)   14. Tuba (Repentance)