this is what i call music karma.
long time ago in uni years i was with my best friend playing the six man kout at another’s friend house. he called me and said : ‘check this track, i think you’ll like it’. that was the first time my ears heard the honey glazed sound of Souad Massi. i kept the ear piece in my ear through out the night hearing that track (second track in the music box below) over and over again. its funny how when i met my best friend in a shared accommodation he did not listen to music at all (anasheed wu la6miyat , LOL). i gave him some of my music to listen to and he seemed to like the Rai folder that i had out of the rest of the genres. flash forward to that night where roles exchanged and now he spoon feeds me good music from time to time.
Souad Massi is a leading light among the young Algerian artists. She sings the Arabic language with a sweet and pure voice. Her songs are of folk rock rhythms (besides she is often compared to Joan Baez or Tracy Chapman). Her activism, popularity and courage brought her into the limelight. Souad Massi, 28, is basically free and generous. She has a golden voice and a sparkling talent. She creates a delicate and harmonious Algerian folk rock with activist and sensitive lyrics. Souad comes from a family of performers. She was born in Alger on August 23, 1972. Her elder brother is a composer, her younger brother does new jack music and her little sister is a dancer…As for her, she always knew she would become a singer. She studied Arabo-Andalousian classical music, music theory and universal classical music. When she was 17, she performed on many stages with her only guitar. But at the same time, she was in a flamenco band “Les Trianas d’Alger”. It was a real flop. After this defeat she went to pieces and decided to give up. Fortunately, her younger brother pushed her into going on. With her band “Atakor” Souad Massi travelled through Algeria. Their rock music (close to hard rock music) echoed in the whole country. But things became more and more difficult for Souad. Further to many political pressure, the cabinet of town and country planning she worked in (Souad has an engineer degree) decided to dismiss her. Then she has been through a difficult period, financially as well as psychologically. And while the young singer was just about to give up, she was offered to join in the “Femmes d’Algérie / Women from Algeria” Festival. This show which was initiated by Allalou (a former radio and television reporter) and the “Bled-Connection” association, set up in Paris at the Cabaret Sauvage. (source)
singer + song writer + guitarist + engineer + liberal = wife material :3
i have uploaded a song from each album for your hearing pleasure, they are located in the widget on the right side on top (under the flickr pictures)
these files will be up there until our next music lesson :) k,thnx,bai.
i found a better way to upload the songs, you will find them below
Album: Mesk ellail