Various Artists / Rough Guide To Latin-Arabia
Album: Rough Guide To Latin-Arabia   Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists   Added:Nov 2006
Label:World Music Network  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-11-19 Pull Date: 2007-01-21 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 21 Jan 14 Jan 7 Dec 31 Dec 17 Dec 3 Nov 26
Airplays: 1 2 1 1 1 3 5

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 15, 2019: Global Ginga
Alabina, Ya Nour El Ein, Mambo El Soudani
4. Jan 09, 2007: New World Disorder
Ya Nour El Ein
2. Jan 16, 2007: At the Cafe Bohemian
Ya Nour El Ein
5. Jan 03, 2007: Plastic Fantastic Lover
Oran Oran
3. Jan 09, 2007: At the Cafe Bohemian
Ya Nour El Ein
6. Dec 26, 2006: At the Cafe Bohemian
Oran Oran

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2006-11-13
[coll]: Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/13/06
Latin-Arabic crossover music of all sorts – some Arabic artists doing Latin-tinged numbers, some Latin artists involving North African influences or musicians. The Latin-Arabic musical connection is very strong, due to the Moorish occupation of Spain for several hundred years, during which time they introduced guitars and hand percussion.
No FCCs. I like 2 and 5 best (both major hits in Europe/Arabia).
1. ** 4:08; Salamat-Mambo El Soudani
swingy midtempo hip-wiggler from Nubian percussionist. Horn driven, with nice piano solo towards end.
2. **** 5:09; Amr Diab-Ya Nour El Ein
solo male vocal intro, elements of flamenco and cumbia. Song was a massive hit for both Egyptian Diab and pan-Mediterranean Alabina.
3. *** 4:38; Cheb Sahraoui-Je Suis Naïf
midtempo bounce by Algerian Rai artist and pianist. Nice horns, beautiful male vocals a la Khaled.
4. **4:04; Rhany-Chan Chan
Lots of harmonium-type instrument, midtempo Moroccan cover of an Afro-Cuban number.
5. ****3:54; Ishtar & Los Niños De Sara-Alabina
dramatic midtempo flamenco/bellydance with a Moroccan/Egyptian Israeli singer and Spanish-speaking French gypsy band. Whew! MASSIVE hit which gave the group their name. LONG fade.
6. **6:27; Omar Faruk Tekbilek Feat. Enrique Morente-Ole Aman
pretty, slightly uptempo, flamenco-influenced guitar, flute and handdrum, Turkish composer and flamenco singer. Big tempo increase towards end.
7. ***6:32; Alfredo De La Fé-Macondo
fun, somewhat uptempo Cuban cumbia (yeah, I know – whatever!) with middle eastern handdrums and both Cuban and Moroccan violinists. There’s also a lot of jazz and a bit of hip hop. Whew!
8. ***4:19; Benjamin Escoriza-Paquita La Guapa
flamenco from Granada, but claiming north African influences. Rather downtempo and relaxed, lovely.
9. **8:40; Maurice El Medioni Feat. Roberto Rodriguez-Oran Oran
uptempo but relaxed and jazzy Afro-Cuban groove from an Algerian Jew living in France (sung in French). Great piano and trumpet.
10. ***10:11; Emil Zrihan-Mahani-Zin
solo acoustic guitar, sweet male vocals by a Moroccan Jewish maestro of North African religious song. Handdrums come in at 1:30, nice midtempo gallop. Lots of tempo and style changes.
11. **3:57; Reines De Saba-Ah Ghanilek (Et Je Chante, Yolé Canto)
A Moroccan and a French female vocal duo, backed by Los Ninos de Sara, so there’s a definite similarity to Alabina, with an Andalusian groove. Pretty midtempo swing in several languages.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1. Salamat Mambo El Soudani
2. Diab, Amr Ya Nour El Ein
3. Sahraoui, Cheb Je Suis Naif
4. Rhany Chan Chan
5. Ishtar & Los Ninos De Sara Alabina
6. Tekbilek, Omar Faruk Ole Aman
7. Fe, Alfredo De La Macondo
8. Excoriza, Benjamin Paquita La Guapa
9. Medioni, Mauricce El Oran Oran
10. Zrihan, Emil Mahani-Zin
11. Reines De Saba Ah Ghanilek