Saturday, April 19, 2014

Listen: To The The Oldest Music Notation In History! Brought Back To Life


Syrian composer & pianist Malek Jandali's album "Echoes from Ugarit" is based on the oldest music notation in history. Discovered on clay tablets in Ugarit, Syria dating back to 3400 B.C. Music by Composer & Pianist Malek Jandali with The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra.

Ugarit, Syria is the birthplace of alphabet and music notation. The interpretation of the music notation of Ugarit is a challenge and several "reconstructions" have been published. The evidence that both the 7-note diatonic scale as well as harmony existed 3400 years ago flies in the face of most musicologists' views that ancient harmony was virtually non-existent or even impossible. This has revolutionized the whole concept of the origin of Western music.

This Ugaritic hymns was arranged into a melancholic piano work preserving its rhythmic structure and building a musical bridge to the past. The song of this woman's marriage was filled with pain at not having children for her husband and her family. Apparently, the song is a lament, "the plaintive cry of an infertile woman" seeking the answer to her barrenness from the moon goddess.

Those musical notes were discovered in 1950-1952, and it wasn't until the seventies when they learned those notes are nothing but worship music. Two researchers were able to translate the notes with the help of notes found in Iraq that explained how to compose them. Syrian research Raul Fataly was credited to have done the scientific research. The music is supposed to have been written for Nikal, the wife of the moon God.

الموسيقار مالك جندلي - أصداء من أوغاريت: أقدم تدوين موسيقي في العالم اكتشف في أوغاريت - سوريا على لوحات مسمارية تعود إلى الألف الثاني قبل الميلاد

Echoes from Ugarit: The Oldest Music Notation In History!

Friday, April 18, 2014

WATCH: Assala - Shakhsia Anida - Official Video Clip - فيديو كليب شخصية عنيده - أصاله


Assala just shaved few years of her life with the release of her music video, it's like cheeks are getting younger--perhaps naturally perhaps not. Assalah is a wholesome entertainer whose big heart and emotions get her in trouble--like the time she talked about Syria.

The song is about being a stubborn soul, a resilient force who does not take no for an answer. Assala goes for the music mentor role--spot the many young artists who appear next to here. she likes the music business, but she seems to enjoy hanging out with similar-minded artists the young and the old alike.

See her walks the desert, and at home relaxed, all in energy. She is like an elder who Arabic music who can connect with the past and the present--something her voice and talent allow her to do with ease. So, here goes this pro tip--stay positive and keep trying your dream will be a reality or you will be a better person for trying. This song is more about Assala's personality than anything else. She famously dumped her husband who cheated on her, started over with a guy who seems to love her and adores her music.

Assala - Shakhsia Anida - Official Video Clip - فيديو كليب شخصية عنيده - أصاله

Checkout This Video #Happy #Gaza Version of #Pharrell Williams #Palestine


Happy is a state of mind, and nothing exemplifies this for me like this video from Gaza. This Pharrell Williams song travel worlds in its way to become the global hit it has become. Young people in Gaza took to the streets to film this song and be part of a global sensation. Boys and girls want to have fun, even in a besieged place like Gaza. they may not have electricity, roads, or freedom of movement, but one thing they have to have is their smartphones to stay connected.

I am impressed with their dance moves, they did a good job living up to the music video style and spirit. They even got their local Debka troupe to do a number in the spirit of one hell of a global world that's happy. Keep up the good energy.

.. #Happy (#Gaza version) - #Pharrell Williams

New Epic Love Music Video By Charming Joseph Attieh 'Welak" @AttiehJoseph


An app-maker in Lebanon is stepping up their game in the Middle East, and they are answering the call from a rival who has signed up stars from MBC by signing cool talents like Joseph Attieh. The cool stud from Star Academy few years back,  the artist who already has two albums to his name, and a huge fellowship around the Arab World among the young and blessed.

Joseph Attieh challenges himself with a new style and a new look for a well-budgeted music video. He also films in great location sets, and looks the finest he has looked in a long time. While the song feel Lebanese, the dialect travels beyond that lovely country. The crossover is mesmerizing, I like the white dialect, the touring around the city in ripped jeans is in style. It's a guy has a crush on a girl and keeps running into her here and there--I love that this is not stalking. I love the Johnny Rocket part of the clip.

Joseph has always been a favorite of mine, he is young but he knows the music industry well, he makes clever choices and goes away for a little bit, and makes a splash when he returns. Dubai was a nice choice, I had no idea this was filmed in Dubai--a city that saw my birth.

Now I like how the music video ends, but not how the story ends with that predictable hug. You do not just go for a hug if you just met your crush. But Joseph saves it when he stands with back to the wall and singing. Bassam Al Turk did a fine job here by not overdoing anything--just organic scenes. I love how the lyric writer Emile Fahd and composer Wassim Boustany are not A listers yet, but their work is worthy of such a list.  

Joseph Attieh - Welak (Official clip) / جوزيف عطيه - ويلك