The time has finally come… for Arabic music!

“I’ve just remembered what you said… about being f*cked if you start hearing birds chirping outside… and I’m hearing birds chirping outside right now!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚”

^that was from my Saudi A friend (you know how Muslims have to pray 5 times a day and there’s this one timeslot where you do it super early? Well, he kind of “overstayed” after he was done with his prayers and had to go to work in around 30 minutes so…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I don’t know why I’m making this as my topic starter.

I’m about to head out to work in 2 hours and am too lazy to find pictures for the artists so sue me. πŸ™‚

[12:30 pm]: Yo I’ll send you the link hopefully I’ll be done by 1! Β πŸ˜‰

[1:05 am]: YOU BUFFOOOOOOOOOON!!!

*coughs*

Anywho, long time no see guys! It has been hell of a ride at work, and honestly, the customers meant the WORLD to me. It’s sort of ironic actually that it was them who kept me sane. Believe me when I say you are the reason that makes my job. so. damn. awesome! *hugs you guys till you can’t breathe* πŸ˜€

So for the past few weeks, I was fortunate enough to meet some Middle Eastern customers. Some of them were even nice enough to recommend me some artists and songs! πŸ˜€ (You’d think with 300+ million speakers it’d be easy peasy to just randomly search some songs that’ll just click to you, but nope, not with this lazy ass! :D)

Without further ado, here are the ones that I’ve handpicked from the bunch. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

Sherine – Masha3er (Feelings)

Ohh what to do with these feelings, what to do…?

Sherine Ahmed Abdel Wahhab, or, mononymously known as Sherine is a famous Egyptian singer and actress. The whole song & lyrics basically revolves around the word “feelings”. IIRC, the song was from some TV show during Ramadan 2014 or something??

Uhhhh anyways moving on.

Sakher Hattar – Ala Dalouna

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Sakher Hattar is a JordanianΒ oud player. It is similar to the lute and he’s renowned as one of the finest oud players in the region, and one of the most significant Arab musicians of his generations.

The music reminds me of a certain game* for some reason hmm…

*I fucking loved that game

Next up is Sharmoofers, a band that is based in Cairo, Egypt.

“We believe that music IS the way to happiness…”

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Speak no evil, hear no evil, see no evil

Sharmoofers is a projectΒ by founders Ahmed Bahaa and Moe El-3rkan. Their genre is listed as “world music”, and you can hear reggae and ska elements in their songs. The vocalist does scat-like singing too, as seen below:

Sharmoofers – Hepta Song –Β 5, 6 Hepta

I don’t know why I laughed so hard when the guy at 0:42 came in HAHAHA! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The song apparently jumps from topic-to-topic, so you can’t really summarize what they’re talking about. Also, the song is from a movie from what I’ve heard and some of the rappers are actors so you would only find it funny if you’ve seen the movie.

I feel your jealousy and I can smell your gloating,
Come here, talking is between you and me,
Keep your words for yourself, we will use it when we need it

^what the girl in black was rapping. Her nasal-heavy voice and different expressions throughout the video is very mesmerizing. The lively energy that the rappers beamed out ,and the humorous and positive vibe from the song was what captivated me in the first place!

(I’ve also just noticed he says assalam alaikum when the song starts, and also throughout their other songs as well. I guess it’s their “thing”? It was kinda funny when I gradually noticed their presence while checking out their other songs hahaha!)

Sharmoofers – Zombie

I have no idea what’s going on in here but I loved every minute of it. πŸ˜€

They do some social commentaries too from what I can make out from the lyrics and the video itself, “selfie”, “notification”, “hashtag” etc etc.

Sharmoofers – The Dream

I am slightly sad they did not response to my comment on their page. Is it not rare for an Asian to know about them?? :/

(im just kidding senpai plz notice meeee)

Anyways, this gal did a splendid article about them. πŸ™‚ You can check it out below:
http://www.madamasr.com/en/2014/05/18/feature/culture/band-of-the-week-sharmoofers/

More links down below:
Facebook:Β https://www.facebook.com/Sharmoofers/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Sharmoofers/about
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/sharmoofers
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sharmoofers_official

Last but not least, Hassan El Shafei, another Egyptian artist who took the Middle East by storm with his unique blend of traditional Egyptian music and modern electro & trance.

Hassan El-Shafei ft Ahmed Sheba – 6 Weshoosh

This was the one one of my customers recommended to me and I immediately loved it. It’s a mix of modern and chaabi done right.

Hassan El Shafei ft Abla Fahita – Mayestahlushi

They flip through my notebook, trying to figure out my words
Why so obsessed? My story belongs to me
They’re not worthy…

The vocals of this reminds me of Nightcall

Hassan El Shafei ft Nicole Saba & Abd El Basset Hamouda – Mafeesh Mostaheel

A song that slowly grew on me. Love Abd’s raw vocals in this. πŸ™‚

Hope you guys had a kick out of this as did I, likes or comments are appreciated as always. πŸ™‚

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24 thoughts on “The time has finally come… for Arabic music!

    1. Hey Kat! Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog in a while, I’m actually in Australia right now! I’ve successfully applied for a working holiday visa and it’ll end this year June so right now I’m trying to do jobs in “regional Australia” (aka “remote places”) for 88 days so I can apply for a second year.

      I can’t help it – it’s too much fun here that I wouldn’t mind staying for 2 years..! Also, funnily enough, the original plan was for me just to work 3 months in my previous job to earn enough to move here…but 3 months turned into 13 because of the awesome customers/tourists/co-workers so there’s that. I guess after a year plus of drama and stress from work forced me to finally apply for the visa. I regretted not applying earlier but then again, I wouldn’t have been able to meet the people that I would be able to meet then!

      So, Australia Australia, how to start…

      Ok, so my first stop was Sydney because my cousin lives there – got told to “chill” first because if I don’t I wouldn’t be able to if I start working.

      Fast forward a month, I’ve managed to find a job as a “general hand” for this meat shop. What I did was basically like a butcher except the boss wouldn’t let us use the heavy machinery. It was freezing cold and off work my face, nose were all red like I was came from Siberia. The pay was a shitty 12AUD p/h so I’ve quit after 6 days. Too bad I was a quick learner.

      After unsuccessfully job hunting for around a month (most of the “legit” jobs wouldn’t want/accept our type of visa), I managed to find a farm job for blueberry picking in the middle of nowhere in NSW so I flew over there immediately.

      I stayed in a caravan which had over 200~300 people in the site and the first 1 1/2 months the only wi-fi area was near the reception and my caravan was far away so I’d have to walk around 4 minutes to get there. With the kind of infamous internet speed that Australia has plus me staying in the middle of nowhere, NO way in hell I can do anything with my laptop haha.

      The second month, the area started raining a lot so a lot of us moved somewhere else (you’re not allowed to pick the berries if it’s raining!) I managed to find a bunch of peeps to travel to Melbourne in the end of October!

      I thought moving there was a good change. Breath of fresh air from the… things that happened in the farm.

      You see, I met a guy from our caravan site, and fuck, he and I shared almost 95% of music taste. What songs he played in his car I almost always “shazam” them and the ones I didn’t because I already knew them. He also introduced me to a lot of new musicians from his place (Taiwan…). He can speak Cantonese as he grew up in Hong Kong (at least, that’s what he told me).

      But I got my heartbroken. During Christmas, and just after New Year’s, of all the timings. Former, because I saw a mutual friend’s picture and when zoomed closely, he was holding a girl’s hand. Latter, when he finally posted a picture kissing said girl and the description was…they were actually dating for half a year already?

      Mind you – I never had his contact number nor fb (only reason I saw his picture was I finally had the “courage” to add him). I wanted to focus on getting my “88 days” so that’s why I’ve moved to Melbourne. I was a “realist”. I wasn’t gonna let my mood at that time affect what I “had” to do.

      Everything was such bullshit after the New Year’s. Which was such a shame because he showed me some really fucking good music. He let me tried weed for the first time, and, stole my first kiss (after he suddenly “pounced” on me I firmly told him I don’t want to “do it” and he stopped). It was so ironic this all happened the day after I confessed my feelings to this Italian backpacker from our berry picking team and…well, got rejected.

      All those times I had hope we’d meet again somewhere (I moved to Melbourne, he moved to Sydney), but, ha, he actually already had someone while he tried to get in my pants! How fucking awful is that??

      So, yeah, ironically while I *did* thought of updating my blog, I just wasn’t in the right “mindset”. I’d like to pretend everything’s fine after I came here in Melbourne and, luckily, got picked by my supervisor on my first day to be in a job position where I’d get more working hours than my friends/other co-workers but, no, it was hell. Every other hour it was just him on my mind. Until I saw that picture he uploaded. Then I finally stopped caring. Finally stopped wasting my time. It’s just a heartbreak! I’m not gonna die haha! He was just, in short, a scumbag that I unfortunately encountered.

      So, long story short, the swirl of emotions I’ve experienced for the past few months rendered me unable to focus anything on my blog. So a thousand apologies – I’m alright!!

      But work for me has been going on well after the holidays. I start at 7 am and finish at around 5:30 pm…but I cycle to work (my ex-roommate didn’t want to wake up an hour early, or even 30 minutes, to drive me to work, which as only a 9-10 min drive!!) so I get back around 6 or 7 pm. Before I used my host’s bike which would take me 45 minutes to get to work. Now, I bought my own e-bike so it only takes around 30+ mins! I wake up at 5 am everyday btw. So, after I get home, I only get around 3 hours for cooking + doing some house chores if I’m gonna have at least 7 hours of sleep.

      So basically when I’m working, I don’t have enough time for anything. I’ve gotten so busy I didn’t even text back my friends’ messages on my phone till my lunch break on the next day…and even then I use most of my breaks on work to nap so I’d have enough energy to cycle back home. Honestly, sometimes when I get too into my work (I can be a tad bit of a workaholic haha) that I’d feel really guilty not being able to response to anyone and leave them “on read”.

      …and funnily enough, I saw my wordpress’s notifications while I clicked into this blog which showed how to cook this Chinese dish ahahaha!

      Woo! Long post! That’s what I’ve been up to btw! How are you??

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      1. I adore you Ms Applesauce! I am so sorry for your heartbreak, but your adventures sound amazing and you sound resilient as ever. You are AMAZING!!!! Your schedule sounds CRAZY! I dunno how you keep up with it all. You deserve a PAID VACATION!
        I am still truckin’ but feel like it’s been lot’s-O changes since we last wrote one another. I took my blogs down for a while, then I switched ’em up and put them back up… after figuring out what I wanted to do with them.
        I am married now… I don’t think I was when I first met you online. But I went thru some “dating” crap before I decided on the “one.”
        I will write you more very soon. I am waaaay past my bedtime currently and neeeeeed sleep. I just got excited to hear from you so I had to reply.
        I am SOOOO happy to hear from you.
        Much love and peace to u in the New Year…
        I hope all the best for you.
        kj

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      2. I sometimes surprise myself how quick I can recover. Sure, before when I didn’t knew he actually had someone, I was at a “distance makes the heart grow fonder” phase, and was optimistic about “meeting via fate” crap. But after when I knew, it was the closure that I needed to move on. The “why” always lingered after that night. He told me he’s always found me attractive, and had the “urge” every time he saw me at the caravan. I got so confused in the first time of my life because I’ve never considered myself attractive enough for people to like me. But he actually kissed me. He said it wasn’t because he’s high (atm). But all the reasons didn’t matter because they were all bs (obviously). Im not one to hold grudges even though he wasn’t being honest with me . What can you do, some people want more even if they already have somebody…

        Anyways, I don’t wanna sound any more salty than I should (HAHAHA), so let’s talk about you! And wow!! Congrats girl!!! Hey, at least you’ve found your true love πŸ™‚

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      3. I’m pretty sure he won’t have for her for long, Ms Applesauce. He’s a player. I wanna punch him in the nose.
        You deserve a better man. That’s your real fate, because you are smart and strong and funny and more forgiving than most…
        I know you’ve had to deal with snarky jealous bitches in the modeling stuff you did in Hong Kong too, so just know you are a beauty and that that fool was lucky for the time he had with you.
        I had to go thru a bunch of learning before I could commit to Dave (my husband) and it wasn’t all “roses” but he has turned out to be my best friend and we can build on stuff. We have something to keep working for.
        I have had a crazy rough year… A lot of special people in my life died and my grief was hard to get a grip on. But I am doing better now. Sumtimes life is just very very REAL.
        I know you know what i mean.
        I think I need to refollow your blog grrrl… I don’t see it coming up in my reader…
        I’m missing your tunes!!!!! I’m gonna see about doing that now…
        BIG love to U.
        & I know You will find your soul mate someday. He just has to be good enuff for u.
        You are Solid.

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      4. I’m sorry to hear that Kat. But I’m glad we both got to overcome our misfortunes.

        I’ve just uploaded a new blog post btw! I think it might be the last as of now, since I’m not sure how my next workload would be or if the internet would be good at all.

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      5. I will take a look soon! It’s always nice to hear from you and I look forward to your tune picks whenever you have time to post ’em! You are worth the wait Ms. Applesauce.
        Hope your work goes well. I’ll keep a good thought for you.

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      6. But guess what now? Maybe I won’t be married for loooong! He yelled at me, kicked my in the stomach twice and put me in an arm lock that fucked up my shoulder after actually saying he was defending me from his racist sexist brother! How do I convince myself I can trust him and that I am safe now?
        How????
        I dunno. I thought he was my best friend.
        Maybe i should be my own best friend for a while and make sure NO man fucks me over again.
        I still believe in true love, but I guess I never found it. I was all Halo-effecting…
        Anyhow… I know yer working and outta internet range… so maybe by the time you get this I will be divorced. I feel sad tonight…
        I’m gonna play sum music and crash into sound for a while.
        You have my infinite respect and love Ms. Applesauce.
        Talk back to me when U have time.
        yer pal across the oceans,
        kj

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      7. OMG Kat!! I am so, so speechless. I feel so bad right now I wish I could physically go there and punch that douchebag! 😑

        Though my own experience didn’t get physical (at least, not your ‘kind’…:( ), I also thought he would be my soulmate. To this day I still can’t fathom how one can show off his love without feeling an ounce of guilt! It was as if the thing he did to me (or, indirectly, to his current gf) never crossed his mind at all. He literally, physically, make me sick and the thought of bumping into him again scares me (“fun fact” – I was talking to our mutual friend and wanted to move over to their place for my next farm work – guess what?? The douchebag and his gf are there with them too!!)

        But all is good. I’ve managed to call and landed me and my friend for our work induction for the following week. We will go to Tasmania on Friday so I will how my internet is over there – but right now, I’m still here so no worries!

        And Kat, please, please call the police. Tell your friends and family! Though usually I am more optimistic, I don’t want you to risk it and hope you’ll be safe!!

        I will pray for you. 😦

        Much love,
        Ms A

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      8. I should tell you this Ms. AppleSauce… when I was in Japan (Ebisu, the international provence) there were a lot of Australian white men (and Germans and Americans too) but tons of Aussies that preyed on asian girls. They all seemed to be music DJ’s too. and they were total players. That guy you thought was your soul mate doesn’t truly have a girlfriend. He has a woman who tolerates his cheating on her because she has low self esteem.
        It’s not your fault you fell for him.
        And he’s a player and a douche bag (as U call him) too.
        I feel so sorry for the girl that is putting up with his ass, and those mutual friends of yours need to get sum spine and kick the Aussie prick OUT.
        You can punch my guy in the nose and I’ll kick the crap outta the bitch-man that mistreated you! How about that? πŸ™‚
        Anyhow, it’s not on you what happened. You are worth the respect.
        And that dude will not “keep” his girl unless she’s just totally stupid.
        He should be sorry for how he used you and lead you on. He should tell his girl friend he’s a player and ask if that’s actually ok with her.
        Anyhow my sister-woman… don’t let the bastards get you down.
        YOU rock!
        yer pal,
        kj

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      9. Yeah, actually when I was in Japan on my holiday 2 years ago, I went to “Roppingi” (famous clubs/bar district) and while walking a white guy (I think, deliberately) bumped into me and elbowed my breast while looking back and saying “su.mi.ma.sen.” (I’m not Japanese of course) and he was kinda smirking while saying that. He was kinda drunk and swaying when he was walking but I was still pissed. It was only till later when I’ve told my British guy friend who lived in Japan for years that a lot of Australian men actually go to Japan and he told me what you’ve just told me.

        And, well, I’m not really close with our mutual friend so I haven’t really told him what happened between us.

        And thanks Kat! Girl power! πŸ˜€

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      10. MUCH respect Ms. Applesauce. It’s true about the Aussie guys. Bunch of bastards.
        My life update… is that my husband is in a 90 day recovery program. I’m holding off on the divorce to see if we have anything to work on after that. He quit drinking at least. I dunno if couples can heal after personal tornadoes like that, but I’d like to think there is a friendship left in it all somewhere, somehow. I mean I’ve known him for 18 years!!!! Anyhow, thanks for letting me vent all over your post. Sorry for the downer.
        on a better note…
        I need to check out your new post! I see it in the reader. I’m soooo happy you’re posting once in a while! woo hoo!!!! πŸ™‚
        Peace and love to U as ever. Girl Power back at ya!!!

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      11. Hey you… can I recommend you in my Girl Power Academy? I don’t wanna just reblog, i wanna feature you and it’s TOTALLY okay if you say no. I realize you aren’t blogging regular, so if it doesn’t suit you, I don’t mean to task you.
        But I been talking to you for years now and I really do LOVE you and your posts. so… lemme know if it’s okay to turn others onto yer posts?
        No problem if no. I respect you no matter what.
        You are a powerful force on the planet. I learned a lot from your music influences and conversations. πŸ™‚

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      12. Hey Kat, sorry for the late reply! Been busy relocating to my new job and some “drama” with my ex-roommate…so, there’s that.

        And yup, no problem! It’d be an honor for me I’ll say! πŸ˜€

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      13. No hurry and no apologies necessary, I know you have a busy life even without the drama! I hope things get better for ya soon. Roommates can be difficult! I know. Good luck with your new job. I’m rooting for u.

        I will let you know when i get my feature done about your blog. It’ll be a little while. I have a few ready before i post your tunes. But thanks for allowing me to do it. You have always exposed me to music I would never have known without you. Angel Haze was one I really valued. I know you didn’t like her music completely, but you didn’t allow that to stop you from sharing the work and the topic was important to women and women in hip hop. So it’s an honor to have you in the GPA!!! TBA. πŸ™‚

        take care of you! You rock.

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      14. I’m glad to hear you liked my sharing of Angel Haze. The song she covered on Eminem’s is still very, very disturbing for me, but I have nothing but deep respect to see such a strong woman who overcame something so cruel.

        Btw, I’ve just found out about this iconic musician yesterday and I’m DYING to share it with you!! I really like the guy and I can’t wait to get to blogging within these 2 days. πŸ™‚

        Looking forward to your blog post as well!

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      15. Well, Angel really only used Eminem’s title but rather cleaned out her own closet so to speak… but I agree… She’s amazing for overcoming and being authentically herself.
        I am very excited U came across a musician influence! Can’t wait to hear about him and hear his sounds! I look forward to your posts and will be in touch soon about my GPA feature of U. πŸ™‚
        xoxo,
        kj

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      16. Hi again, I’m gonna be away for awhile and I placed my blogs in private mode as I work stuff out. But I will check back in eventually and get back to posting i hope.
        Much Love to u Ms. Applesauce.
        kj

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  1. so far… this one I like: Sakher Hattar – Ala Dalouna
    I like the traditional sounds in it…
    You’ll dig the Gnawa vibe if U check it out on my GPA too… it’s compatible.
    I’m wondering how u R.
    Why did U stop blogging?
    How R U in the world????
    Is it safe for U to even talk to me? In Trump world and among the world tyrants???
    Maybe just know i love u.
    no need to reply…

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  2. yep i like this one too: Sharmoofers – Hepta Song – 5, 6 Hepta
    i knew i liked yer song pics for a reason… and even if this is an old post u got it going on…
    u always exposed me to music and bands i didn’t know before… thank you!

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  3. okay darlin’ U R a good dj… i like this tune too: “Sharmoofers – Zombie”
    so how cum U gone???
    i don’t find this music without u… i need yer influences! come back! πŸ™‚
    if U wanna and can?
    please play the music…
    And tell me how U R.
    i am wishing U a happy new year.
    tell me your favorite song for 2018?
    peace and love 2 u Ms Applesauce. no matter what…
    it was fine and good to meet u on the planet…
    thank u.
    πŸ™‚
    kj

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  4. ok Ms Apple Sauce i like all the songs after the first one…i didn’t like the first one but who cares, right?
    and the one with the puppet was weird… not sure i like that groove or video…
    but still i am glad to see them at least…
    most were ones i genuinely liked! Thanks for sharing. I hope U come back! πŸ™‚
    Peace and love and happy new year! 2018.
    i hate the mean tyrant prez killer of the Philippines. i hate Trump.
    i wish us people could just be friends and share the music.
    thank u for what we shared when we did.

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