Samsa / Alem Jdid (New World)
Album: Alem Jdid (New World)   Collection:World
Artist:Samsa   Added:Oct 2012
Label:Skander Guetari  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-10-21 Pull Date: 2012-12-23 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 16 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 11 Nov 4 Oct 28
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 06, 2013: Mediterraneans
. Ramchet Ain (Blink Of An Eye)
4. Feb 13, 2013: Mediterraneans
Harrarni (Free Me)
2. Mar 13, 2013: Mediterraneans
Alem Jdid (New World)
5. Dec 15, 2012: Music Casserole
Goutte D’Eau (A Drop Of Water)
3. Feb 27, 2013: Mediterraneans
. Ramchet Ain (Blink Of An Eye)
6. Nov 29, 2012: Arabology
Alem Jdid (New World), Qalbi Ma Kayelli Khir (My Heart Tells Me Something Isn’T Right)

Album Review
Abu Ramses
Reviewed 2012-10-15
SamSa, “Alem Jdid (New World) – Skander Guetari, 2012
ALL TRACKS FCC CLEAN Reviewed by Abu Ramses

SamSa is a world pop/jazz group formed by two Tunisians living in Paris: soprano vocalist Sana Sassi and guitarist Skander Guetari. In 2007 they won the prize for the best group at the Tunisian Music Festival. They sing mostly in Arabic and incorporate Western rhythms. The ensemble includes Turkish Emrah Keptan (bass), Franco-Italian Benjamin Ferrugia (drums), French Nicolas Derolin (percussion) and Tunisians Kais Melliti (keyboards and oud), Khalil Chekir (qanun) and Iyad Labbène (violin). Title of the CD refers to the possibilities in post-Ben ‘Ali Tunisia.

***1. Ramchet Ain (Blink of an eye) Swingy, acoustic guitar, country-style musical bridges, solo vocal, choral backup - 3:49
**2. Alem Jdid (New world) Upbeat, driving - 4:27
3. Nsima (Breath of life) Bossa nova-ish beat - 4:30
**4. Tir Ellil (Bird of the night) Slow ballad, acoustic guitar, solo vocal, pace picks up around 2 min. in - 4:13
5. Fartattou (I over-indulged ?) - child’s voice intro, then upbeat - 3:46
6. Mawel (A song/poem) Upbeat, happy, “Sing me a song” - 3:46
***7. Goutte d’eau (A drop of water) Skander on guitar & vocal solo, then duet; French café ballad style (think Jacques Brel)- 4:17
8. Harrarni (Free me) – upbeat, percussion forward, instrumental ensemble - 3:37
9. Hkeyet (A story) – percussion solo intro, Sana vocal solo, crescendo of speed and sound - 4:07
*10. Qalbi Ma Kayelli Khir (My heart tells me something isn’t right) Slow ballad; guitar, bass intro, Sana vocal; last ¼ is upbeat with violin forward - 4:34
11. Am El Hedi Wezzitouna (Year of calm & olive trees) Up-tempo, Latin beat-4:36
12. Nsima (Instrumental) – Same Bossa nova-ish beat as 3 - 4:29

Track Listing
1. . Ramchet Ain (Blink Of An Eye)   7. Goutte D?Eau (A Drop Of Water)
2. Alem Jdid (New World)   8. Harrarni (Free Me)
3. Nsima (Breath Of Life)   9. Hkeyet (A Story)
4. Tir Ellil (Bird Of The Night)   10. Qalbi Ma Kayelli Khir (My Heart Tells Me Something Isn?T Right)
5. Fartattou (I Over-Indulged, Correct Translation?)   11. Am El Hedi Wezzitouna (Year Of Calm & Olive Trees)
6. Mawel (A Song/Poem)   12. Nsima (Instrumental)