This compilation of songs is not meant as a historic reflection of popular music of the “Arab world.” It is a very personal selection of songs we grew to like at Habibi Funk. It is music that historically never existed as a unified musical genre. We think it’s important to make this distinction and to have the listener understand that the majority of the music on this compilation does not come from the highly famous names of the musical spectrum of North Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the final body compiled for this record consists of some – at least for us – nichey pearls and often overlooked artists; resulting in a diverse range of styles from Egyptian organ funk, disco sounds from Morocco, an example of the lively reggae scene of Libya, political songs from Lebanon, soundtrack music from Alge- ria, a musical union between Kenya and Oman, and much more.
The photo we chose for this cover somehow could be seen as an allegory of the sounds we feature on the label. It depicts Algerian composer Ahmed Malek at an ice cream bar dur- ing his stay in Japan for the World Expo in Osaka, 1970. He later said that his visit to Japan and especially the manga culture left a distinctive mark on the way he created his own compositions. With this in mind, it feels as a suiting visual representation for the mu- sic on this compilation.
1. Douaa - Haditouni
2. Magdy El Hussainy - Music De Carneval
3. Fadoul - Ahl Jedba
4. Sal Davis - Sultan Qaboos Song
5. Munir Khauli - Heik Ha Nishtghil
6. Ouiness - Zina
7. Najib Al Housh - Ya Aen Daly
8. Zohra - Badala Zamana
9. Ahmed Malek - Casbah
10. Ait Meslayene - El Fen
11. Hamid El Shaeri - Reet 04:26
12. Ibrahim Hesnawi - Tendme
13. Tony Benn Feghaly - Free Blow (Dub Version)
Label : Habibi Funk