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Saturday, April 19, 2008 Options
Sami Abu Shumays of Zikrayat: Film Music of Egypt

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Um Kulthum in the 1947 film Fatmah.

Zikrayat is a New York ensemble that draws its repertoire from the golden age of the Egyptian film musical, circa 1940s-1960s. On this show, Sami takes us on a very well-informed musical journey through the heyday of Egyptian musical film.

Zikrayat will be performing their take on this music - with accompanying clips from the films - in a free concert at CUNY's Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave in midtown Manhattan, Thursday May 15 at 7:30pm. Info:

Info on these and future Zikrayat shows at the band’s home page or myspace page

You can also get Zikrayat's cd "Live at Lotus" here:

Where to find the music (and films):

An excellent (and longstanding - since 1934!) source for buying cds of and subtitled DVDs from Egypt's golden age of film - and Middle Eastern music in general - is Rashid Sales: Or visit their shop at 155 Court Street in Brooklyn, NY.

The Arabic Channel - channel 507 on Time Warner Manhattan cable - often shows classic Egyptian films. And you can find some of the films via mainstream DVD renters such as Netflix or even some in circulation at branches of the New York Public Library.

This Week's Playlist:

Mohammed Abdel Wahab: Gafnouhou Options

Um Kulthum: Lughat-iz-zuhuur Options

Mohammed Abdel Wahab: Amana ya leil Options

Mohammed Abdel Wahab: Ya msafir wahdak Options

Mohammed Abdel Wahab: Fein Tari'ak Fein Options

Um Kulthum: Wu Haqqak Auta Il-Muna Options

Um Kulthum: Ya 'ein ya 'ein Options

Um Kulthum: Nami ya maliki Options

Um Kulthum: Ghannili shwayya Options

Um Kulthum: Ghannili shwayya (concert version excerpt) Options

Um Kulthum: Fakkaruni Options

Farid El-Atrache: Eshta tillak Options

Asmahan: Ya Habibi Ta'ala Options

Asmahan: Alayk Salat Allah Options

Faiza Ahmed: Yama-el-amar Options

Leila Murad: Itmakhtari Ya leil Options

Sabah: Zay il`asal Options

Abdel Aziz Mahmoud: Mandil il-hilu Options

Hurriyya Hassan: Ya Buta'iyya Options

Artist unknown (at present): Ish Showq Mihayyarni Options

Sami Abu Shumays: Live demonstration Options

Abdel Halim Hafez: 'U'baalak Yowm Miladak Options

Farid El-Atrache: Gamil Gamal Options

Listener comments!

  Sat. 4/19/08 9:02pm Ike:

Hi Rob! I walked around Branch Brook Park and checked out the mass profusion of cherry blossoms while listening to this show on an old Walkman.
  Sun. 4/20/08 7:32am Your DJ:

A very sensible spring radio listening strategy...
  Sun. 4/20/08 8:51am slugluv1313:

WOW i missed an awesome show! (was working at the Raíces Habanera show) will listen later on archives (btw, did you catch Etran Finatawa? STILL feel like i am in *their* dimension and not this one . . . )
  Mon. 4/21/08 5:46pm keith:

This show was amazing! I will be there May 15th!
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