Olive Co-operative » Music CDs http://www.olivecoop.com/stage Fair Trade Palestinian Products and Tree Sponsorship Mon, 13 May 2013 09:55:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0 Reem Kelani – Sprinting Gazelle http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/sprinting-gazelle/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/sprinting-gazelle/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:20:21 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=259 The Palestinian singer, musician and broadcaster Reem Kelani released her debut CD, ‘Sprinting Gazelle – Palestinian Songs from the Motherland and the Diaspora’ in February 2006.  Some of the songs are Reem’s research and arrangement of traditional (and some very old) Palestinian songs; the others are her own musical settings of popular and resistance poetry by the likes of Mahmoud Darwish, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, Rashid Husain and Mahmoud Salim al-Hout.

Born in Manchester in the UK and brought up in Kuwait, Reem’s father comes from Ya’bad near Jenin and her mother from Nazareth in Galilee. Reem enjoyed early exposure to all sorts of music. She learnt the piano and listened to the Jazz standards her father used to sing at home. She studied the Qur’an as a child and used to hear the calls to prayer about her in Kuwait. Life in the Diaspora also meant that she was exposed to the music of the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, East Africa, the Levant and Egypt. It was whilst at a family wedding in the Galilee that Reem, as a child, was first taken by Palestinian music.

Reem has recorded and collated folk songs from women in her maternal home of Nazareth, in the refugee camps of Palestine and Lebanon and elsewhere in the Diaspora.  She is now considered as one of the foremost researchers and performers of Palestinian music

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Hada Leil – Turab http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/hada-leil/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/hada-leil/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:18:00 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=254 Turab’s debut CD, Hada Leil, was recorded and produced in June 2006 in Jerusalem. Turab’s music is inspired by various musical styles and traditions, including Arabic classical maqamat or modes, Latin, jazz and reggae.  The lyrics of the songs were adapted from poems written by contemporary Palestinian poets, set to original scores composed by Basel Zayed.

Turab’s work is an important contribution to contemporary Palestinian music, and has gained acclaim both locally and internationally. The group has held a number of performances throughout Palestine, drawing large audiences and enthusiastic media reviews, leading many to call Turab’s music “the new sound of Palestine.”

Turab (Soil or Earth in Arabic) was formed in 2004 by a group of seven musicians seeking to create an original Palestinian sound. Turab strives to translate into music the complexities of politics, occupation, poverty, love, and daily life in present-day Palestine. It draws on a distinguished tradition of political and social music, yet hits a unique note all of its own. Turab’s style is informed by a variety of musical traditions, including Arabic, reggae, Latin and jazz, among others. The end result is a distinct fusion that appeals to a wide audience.

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Karloma http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/karloma/ http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/karloma/#comments Thu, 07 Oct 2010 15:17:28 +0000 shopkeepers http://www.olivecoop.com/stage/?p=252 “Karloma” in Arabic describes the initial abstract sketches of the Arabic calligrapher. This is a slightly different, musical Karloma. It is a trial of musical outlooks, in which many sensations and ideas are explored to achieve beauty, and which is free from traditional restrictions. Its members are players that belong to different musical cultures, who join each other to play oriental music composed or arranged especially for the group, whilst preserving the character of each instrument.

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