Putumayo Records Presents:
Entrancing fusions of middle eastern melodies and rhythms with cutting edge electronica and remixes
Putumayo presents Sahara Lounge, a mesmerizing album of laid-back fusions of traditional Middle Eastern melodies, rhythms and instrumentation with cutting edge electronica, hip-hop beats and remixes. Algerian rai, Berber music, Sufi chants, and Egyptian al-jeel meet dub, trip hop, break beats and funk resulting in a hypnotic and captivating vibe.
Sahara Lounge, which will be released on January 20th, 2004, is the latest in a caravan of successful Putumayo releases focusing on exciting new directions in world music, including World Lounge, Euro Lounge and Arabic Groove.
Sahara Lounge includes six rare and previously unreleased tracks. The work of the innovative Lebanese electronica duo Soap Kills has been available almost exclusively on their self-produced, unreleased demo recordings. Ramin Sakurai’s collaboration with Iranian artist Shiraz has never before been widely released. Nabiha Yazbeck’s “Astahel” has never been available outside of the Middle East until now. The Jasmon and Mohammed Mounir track “Hanina (Jasmon Mix)” is hot off the presses in Germany. Bahia El Idrissi’s “Arhil” has been heard only by the lucky few who managed to get a hold of the his rare Dutch release. Sahara Lounge also features a previously unreleased remix of the Nickodemus and Carol C. favorite “Cleopatra in NewYork.”
The exotic rhythms and melodies of the Middle East have long served as a muse for musical adventurers. Haunting desert blues of North Africa, soaring violins that buoy Egyptian song poems, trance-inducing Sufi chants, uplifting percussion of raks sharki (aka bellydance) and soulful strains of the Arabic oud are a few of the many different sounds flowing forth from the dunes, bazaars, streets, nightclubs and radios of the Middle East.
Sharif • Shiraz
Nabiha Yazbeck • Astahel
Bahia El Idrissi • Arhil
Maya Nasri • Khallini Biljao
Dahmane El Harrachi • Ya Rayah
Soap Kills • Dub4me
Nickodemus • Cleopatra in New York
Yasser Habeeb • Elama
Ilhan Ersahin • Fly
Jasmon • Hanina
Justin Adams • Desert Road
Toufic Farroukh • Lili S'en Fout
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