01. Nicolas-Yvan Mingot - Atlas Blues
02. Nicolas-Yvan Mingot-wadhi Al Safi - El Karour - Yalili
03. Jamal Slitine-Mohamed Adbe l- Mohamed Hamza - Kissat Hob
04. Jamal Slitine-Mohamed Adbel - Mohamed Hamza - Hobbi Lak
05. Jamal Slitine-Nicolas - Yvan Mingot - One Other Dream
06. Nicolas-Yvan Mingot - Soukrerie
07. Jamal Slitine - Ana A Dounia
08. Pimpi Arroyo - Abdella El Marouani - Lamsa
09. Jamal Slitine - Paul Desmond - Dave Brudeck - Take Khamsa
10. Hovannes K. - White Darbouka
11. Nicolas-Yvan Mingot - Symphonuit
12. Nicolas-Yvan Mingot - Saad Mohamed - Mohamed Ibrahim Fawzi - Besslam Ah
This is one his older album, Flying Carpet: Mixed by Claude Challe
Wow! I have to say that I am very impressed at the quality of this compilation. I mean, from the title it might seem like another one of those hastily done compilations trying to exploit the oh-so-chic Oriental electronica. But a friend recommended it to me, and seeing as how it has alot of big name stars on it (Khaled, Hossam Ramzy, A.R. Rahman, Natacha Atlas, Nitin Sawhney, Alabina, Joi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, etc), I figured it'd be worth a shot. When I popped the first CD of this two CD set into my computer, I was very pleased I took a chance on it. Drawing upon the Oriental electronica scene, the CD is a fair balance between the "authentic" and western exotica. All linked by the common themes of the Orient.
Grouped geographically, the first CD is called 'Lokoum' (the sweet candy called 'Turkish delight' in the west) and focuses on the Arabic tinged music of North Africa and the Middle East. Theres alot of good stuff here ranging from the majestic classical piece by Mozart l'Egyptien to the mournful "Don't Be Sad That I Leave" by Yannis Saleas to electronic dance tinged with the music of the Gnawa sufis of Morocco. Egyptian performer Hossam Ramzy appears twice, giving his rhythmic raks sharki sound, and theres some old school Algerian Rai from Khaled. Other highlights include an electronic remix of L'Orchestre National de Barbès, an "Egyptian medeley", a love song by Algerian singer Lili Boniche, and the club mix of Challe's title track "Flying Carpet", with pounding Egyptian rhythms!
On the second CD, aptly named 'Lotus', we are transported to the ancient lands of the Indian subcontinent. Perhaps appropriately, it opens with a "Mumbai Theme" by Bollywood composer A.R. Rahman. From there, we go on to Pakistan's late master of qawwali music Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a beautiful duet between Nitin Sawhney and Natacha Atlas entitled "Hope", Patrick O'Hearn's Persian themed "Hear Our Prayer", an Arabic song with sitars, the Asian Underground sounds of Joi, and finally another remix fo Challe's "Flying Carpet", only this time more ambient and ethereal. Plenty of sitars, tablas and other Asian instruments add to the overall effect of this CD.
If you can't afford a ticket to Calcutta, Cairo, Beirut or Istanbul any time soon, you might want to get this and pop it in your CD player. Its the next best thing to actually taking you on a magic carpet ride through the Orient. The music is great for dancing or chilling out, and ranging from pounding rhythms to solemn strings to haunting ethereal sounds. Its western imaginings of the 'exotic east' and actual Arab and Asian performers doing the real thing. If you want some good dance sounds, this is a great place to start, and I highly recommend it.
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This aint no red buddha 4 sure :>