Thursday, October 24, 2013

When Wadih Abi Raad Met Hiba Tawaji And Oussam Rahbani

One of the finest talents in Lebanese music, the sensational vocalist Hiba Tawaji, collaborated with Oussam Rahbani on a play and later on an album, they both worked with the vocal coach and handsome musician Wadih Abi Raad. The album feels like an old soul made by guys who come from families who has raised them on original music and showed them the world's music as well.

Together they made a romantic revolutionary album that really adds to the Arabic music library. These are very fine talents who do music differently. This is a live album with at least fifteen tracks for Hiba and her mighty voice. The trio appeared in the Virgin Mega Store to sign their album, this was some treat for the city of Beirut. I love the live nature, the duets and most of all the topics their plays bring up

This is a new kind of a musical experience put forth by three friends who happen to have the world indie spirit. This albums that talented artists do not have to strip in order for them to get the media excited and the sales skyrocketing.  Now, the long-waited release of the D & DVD "Oussama Rahbani feat. Hiba Tawaji & Wadih Abi Raad LIVE" taken from the 2011 concert at the palais des congres, has hit the shelves.

Tawaji’s voice is certainly impressive. The singer switches from jazz to pop to more lyrical numbers. Her voice is as sensual and smooth as it is powerful. Lucky for us that it is. Rahbani writes in the liner notes that he wrote several of the tracks a while ago but was unable to find a voice powerful enough to sing them until he began to collaborate with Tawaji.

It's fitting that one of the albums's songs comes with the title change the system and it talks about politics and the status quo in Lebanon and in the region. While Lebanese legendary diva is unique and unlike any other. I feel strongly that Hiba is the closest performer who comes close that revered diva's style and legacy

أسامة الرحباني وهبة طوجي ووديع أبي رعد يوقعون البومهم الجديد

HIBA TAWAJI هبة طواجي Lazem Ghayir El Nizam / I've Got To Change The System لازم غير النظام

Hiba Tawaji ﻫﺒﺔ ﻃﻮﺟﻲ -" Sabah El Kheir ﻛﻞ ﻳﻮم ﺑﻘﻠﻚ ﺻﺒﺎح اﻟﺨﻴﺮ"


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