Al Wa’ Debt: Va Fan Fahre

Written by  January 4, 2012

The stirring sounds of Balkan brass, Ethiopian melodies and Middle Eastern rhythms make up the globally influenced album Al Wa’ Debt.

Al Wa’ Debt: Va Fan Fahre

Label: Zephyrus Records

The stirring sounds of Balkan brass, Ethiopian melodies and Middle Eastern rhythms make up the globally influenced album Al Wa’ Debt. The airy vocal talent of Morocco’s Aisha Haskal is the perfect addition to the songs “Monopoly Inc. Disclosure” and “Edala3 We3mel Mabadalak”. Guitar, brass and percussion sounds of the instrumental tracks “Addis” and “Belomi Benna” are most representative of Ethiopia’s golden era of music during the 1960s and 70s. Haskal’s cover of Medhat Assam’s “Ya Habibi Taala” showcases a superb blend of Balkan and Egyptian musical elements.

Fans of Balkan, North African and Middle Eastern music should check out this Flemish band’s Arabic language album.

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Matthew Forss

Verge magazine's music columnist, Matthew Forss holds a BA in biology, MS in exercise science, and an MFA in creative writing. Since 2000, he has been writing world music reviews for Edmonton-based Inside World Music.com, while amassing a very large collection of ethnomusicological recordings from every country in the world. Matthew continues to publish music articles and cultural book reviews in various academic journals and magazines and has an acquired taste for Central Asian linguistics (Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik).

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