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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hamid El Sha'eri - Raheel (1984 - 320Kbps)

Moammar Gadhafi
Security forces waged an escalating crackdown on protesters demanding the ouster of leader Moammar Gadhafi in several eastern Libyan cities. In the country's second largest city, Benghazi, 35 bodies were brought to one hospital Friday. These were protesters shot while trying to march on one of Gadhafi's residences, a doctor from Benghazi's al-Jalaa hospital said. Protesters tried to rally outside the Katiba, a military compound where Ghadafi stays when he visits Benghazi. Security forces inside the compound opened fire on the protesters. Dead & wounded began flowing into the hospital's emergency ward in the afternoon, in groups of five or six, many with bullet wounds to the head or chest. The doctor, who chose to remain anonymous, fearing reprisal, said he counted the bodies in an ICU unit used as a temporary morgue.

Several dozen had already reportedly been killed in the unprecedented wave of protests that had erupted the previous four days as the pro-democracy movement that has swept up the Middle East reached one of the region's most closed nations. Gadhafi has ruled virtually unquestioned since 1969. Forces from the military's elite Khamis Brigade moved into Benghazi. The Khamis Brigade is led by Gadhafi's youngest son Khamis Gadhafi, & has been called "the most well-trained & well-equipped force in the Libyan military".

"This alarming rise in the death toll, & the reported nature of the victims' injuries, strongly suggests that security forces are permitted use of lethal force against unarmed protesters calling for political change," Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's director for the Middle East & North Africa, said of the Benghazi bloodshed.

Libya is oil-rich, but the gap between its haves & have-nots is wide. The protests have flared hardest in the more impoverished eastern parts of the country, the site of anti-government agitation in the past. It is estimated that about one-third of Libyans live in poverty. Also the Libyan people are tired of the more than forty-two year reign of Gadhafi.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cheb Mami - Meli Meli (1998 - 320Kbps)

Protests have also been taking place in Algeria, as the government meets to discuss ways of halting the rising food costs & unemployment that have sparked the unrest. The Algerian government figures show unemployment standing at about 10%, but independent organizations put that number closer to 25%.

To help with the rising food costs, Ministers were due to meet to discuss measures to limit the profit margins traders can charge for staple foods. Mustapha Benbada, Algeria's trade minister, has said urgent measures will be taken to alleviate pressure on the population. The government is expected to impose fixed profit margins on widely-consumed goods including edible oil & sugar, but Algerian journalists have stated that the protests go beyond just rising prices.

Young people said these clashes & protests are not the result of high food prices only, they think there are lots of problems in this country: educational; problems in the health sectors; in fact in all sectors of government. The government has simply ignored the people since they were elected to office. Basically now the people have come out into the streets asking the authorities to give them jobs, for them to share the wealth of the nation.

Mohamed Zitout, a former Algerian diplomat stated that it is a revolt, probably a revolution, of an oppressed people who have, for 50 years, been waiting for housing, employment, & a proper, decent life in a very rich country that is ruled by a very rich elite that does not care about what is happening in the country.

Appropriate to the political climate of the day in the area. Rai musick developed in the 1980s. It was considered the Algerian punk/rap musick. Cheb roughly translates as 'the young one'. There have been many Chebs in the Algerian Rai scene.

Cheb Mami was born Khelifati Mohamed. He became known as the 'Prince of Rai' & now is considered the 'King of Rai'.

Rai combined the traditional sounds of Spain, Morocco, France, & the Arab world to become the dance musick that it is today. Cheb Mami's music was described in a press release from the ARK 21 record label, as:

"Arabic rock & roll retaining virtues of traditional music but infused with urban urgency."

CMJ New Music Report described Mami as:

"perhaps Rai's most popular vocalist...(he) is one of the leaders of the pack, turning the genre into a futuristic dance/funk hybrid with the power to pack the dance-floors of North Africa, Paris, & New York."

A native of Saida, a small village in southwest Algeria, Cheb Mami has been attracting attention with his soulful singing since his early teens. In 1971, he placed second in a talent contest organized by Ihan Wa Chabab. Despite recording several successful cassettes in the 1980s, he made little money from their sale. Frustrated by the music industry in his homeland, he soon began to consider alternatives. Although he served a stint in the Algerian military, he relocated to Paris, France, following his discharge in 1975. With the release of his first internationally-distributed album, The Prince of Rai, in 1989, Cheb Mami reached the upper echelon of Rai music. Cheb Mami has continued to take the Rai tradition to new heights.

One of the finest records of the wildly-heralded 'Rai' movement, Meli Meli is a true vocal delight. Mami's voice is one of the most versatile & powerful in world-pop musick today. His three-octave range is truly something to behold, & his use of it on such songs as "H'Rabti" or "Parisien Du Nord" (performed with rap singer K-Mel of Alliance Ethnique ) is nothing short of phenomenal.

Year of Release: 1998
Label: Ark 21
Genre: Rai

Meli Meli
Alache Alik
Rani Maak El Youm
Hada Ch’Hal
Azwaw 2
Parisien Du Nord
Marseillais Du Nord
Au Pays Des Merveilles (Azwaw)
Azwaw (alternative mix)

Download: Cheb Mami - Meli Meli
Download Size: 127.89MB

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ali Hassan Kuban - Walk Like A Nubian (1991 - 320kbps)

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 03/23/2014. Enjoy, NØ.

Ali Hassan Kuban - Walk Like A Nubian

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Muslimgauze - Port Said EP (1999 - 320kbps)

What could be a better excuse for me to post up something by my favorite band Muslimgauze, the non de guerre of Bryn Jones.

Bryn used his musick to paint a statement about the conditions in the Arab world. He used the artwork of his covers to paint a picture of rebellion. We are featuring musick from the countries affected by or involved in the current popular resurgence in the Middle East but I find that Jones, an outsider from Manchester, England faithfully & honestly presented those same feeling of unrest.

The ultra-prolific Bryn Jones was infatuated with the politics, music, sound, & feel of the Middle East. Almost every single release of his has sampled Middle Eastern speech, percussion, instruments, etc. to make some of the most incredible music out there, ranging from noise to dub to hip hop to ambient to.. well, whatever Port Said is.

Since this is a very limited release, long out of print, I thought it would be excellent to post here. Although it is named after Egypt’s famous port, Port Said is unique among Jones’ releases in that it's one of few Muslimgauze release with absolutely NO Middle Eastern influence.

Year of Release
: 1999
Label: Audio.NL 004
Genre: Trance

Port Said 1
Port Said 2

Download: Muslimgauze - Port Said ep
Download Size: 46.2MB (ripped at 320Kbps)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Black Theama - The Collection (2009 - 320kbps)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Fawzi Chekili - Taqasim (1993 - 320kbps)

Friday, February 04, 2011

A Message to Protesters and Revolutionaries in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria and Jordan - رسالة إلى المتظاهرين والمناضلين في كل من مصر وتونس ، واليمن

Egyptian Revolution