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King Ghazi presents Abu Sayah - Houran & Shamaleh

by Gilb’R

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King Ghazi is Shadi Khries and Gilbert Cohen.
Recorded in Amman / May 2014.

All the music presented here is original, and has been recorded in Jordan in May 2014. This project was born when I met Shadi in Paris, at the percussion recording sessions for Acid Arab. From these sessions came the idea of​exploring local music styles on the verge of disappearing, in Jordan and elsewhere in the Middle East. It was also an opportunity for me to meet exceptional people and wonderful artists. For 15 days, we travelled through Jordan, recording local musicians. Here we hear Osama Al Khairat aka Abu Sayah, an exiled Syrian musician who plays the Yarghoul (two flutes linked together by beeswax. One plays a drone, the other the corresponding range, all while blowing continuously).

I want to specially thank Shermine Sawalha for allowing us to record in the living room of her parents' house, as well as for coordinating the whole project. Without her energy and patience, this record would not be in your hands today.

Also, many thanks to Ali Hamad Zalabia, who welcomed us to his camp in the desert at Wadi Rum, one of the most beautiful places that I have ever had the chance to see...


released May 10, 2016

Thanks to everyone who supported us in Jordan.
Wadi Rum
[Awad Moh. al Blouey
[Nasser Salem Al Zalabyeh
[Moh Ali Al Zalabyeh
[Nayef Mahmoud Al Imran
[Badr Al Mawad Zalabyeh
Aqaba Downtown + Beach
[Mahmoud Maddah
[Jamal Mousa Alriyadi
Amman - Wadi Al Seer
[Abu Nour Haltam
Amman - Studio Shermine house
[Osama Al Khairat aka Abu Sayyah
[Ghassan Abu Haltam
[Abu Nour Haltam
[Avo Demerjian
Shadi & Bashar Khries

Gilb'R would like to thank.
Tessa, ma chérie,mes merveilleux enfants,Anna et Victor,Versatile crew,I:Cube,Ygal,Cosmic Neman,Etienne Jaumet,Vidal Benjamin,Acid Arab,Jonathan Fitoussi,Clemens Hourrière,Loik Dury,Jeff Labelle,Isabelle Oms,Dj Sotofett,Dj Fett Burger,Shane Burmania,Etienne Blanchot,Guillaume Sorge,The maghreban,Yann Le Marec,Bruno Hassen,Vladimir Ivkovic,Tako and all the Redlight records massive,Orpheu and all the Redlight radio massive,Young Marco,Sanne@Voyage select,Pepe Bradock,Scot Bendall,Asaf,Maor and all the Tel-Aviv crew,Nicolas Ker,Eat Gas,Romain BNO,Fabrizio Rat,Giani Caserotto,John Cravache,Dan Hill,Sweatlodge crew,Synchrophone,Stuart Hawkes,Amsterdam,Filums,Shadi,Shermine and all the Amman crew,Jennifer Cardini,Rudy Aboab@Radio Nova,Nils,Joakim,Simon le citron,Jorge Velez,Pilooski,Toukadime,Redbull Jordanie.
In memory of Remy Kolpa Kopoul.


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