Ghareeb Fe Watani: Hosam Hayek

Written by  January 5, 2012
A denizen of the Nazareth region, Hayek transforms the music of the Middle East with a hint of European and Western influences.
Ghareeb Fe Watani: Hosam Hayek

Label: Doublemoon

A denizen of the Nazareth region, Hayek transforms the music of the Middle East with a hint of European and Western influences. Ghareeb Fe Watani, which is Arabic for “Stranger In My Homeland”, is composed mainly of classical and folk songs – instrumental takes on the sounds of North Africa, Central Asia and the Mediterranean. Hayek makes excellent use of traditional and contemporary instruments like the oud (a lute-like instrument), electronic piano, clarinet, kanun (a stringed instrument similar to the zither found in some European countries), baglama (also lute-like), cello, violin, harp, bass, and varied percussion instruments. No single track stands out—because they are all good.

Liner notes are in English and Turkish.

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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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