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Al Massrieen - Modern Music
Al Massrieen - Modern Music
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Al Massrieen - Modern Music

Al Massrieen: Disco, Funk and modernized Arabic Pop from Egypt

In the beginning of Habibi Funk, their search was focussed on vinyl records. Around a year ago though, we got to the point where we realized that it became substantially harder to discover music, that we enjoyed and hadn't heard before. It became apparent that it was time to start looking for other formats. Cassette tapes were the obvious alternative. These were introduced in the arabic world around the late 1970s. In some countries they took over a bit earlier, in others a bit later, but eventually they pushed the vinyl format out of the market in the 1980s. In Egypt this trend already even started in the late 1970s.

Al Massrieen was one of the first bands they learned about once they discovered the tape format for themselves. The group was really popular in Egypt in the 1970s and the more of their music found on either tapes or Arabic pirate mp3 sites, the more the people at Habibi Funk became fans. Only very few bands from the region can match the band's versatility as well as their strive for innovation.

Hany Shenoda is the man behind the Al Massrieen band. He is a reknown figure of the Egyptian music scene and has worked with everyone from Abdel Halim Hafez to Mohamed Mounir. Al Massrieen was his attempt to introduce his ideas of modernizing Egyptian music, heavily encouraged by Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt's only winner of the Nobel Price for literature) after discussing his ideas with him. Al Massrieen's sound goes from lush disco like "Sah" to psych rock like "Horreya" or incredible jazz fused pop on songs such as "Edba Mn Gded".

The band seemed to be hardly known outside Egypt and this release is fully licensed from the band and comes with an extensive booklet with liner notes, interviews and unseen photos.

Track Listing

1. Asef Gaden
2. Ebda' Men Gedid
3. Sah
4. Longah 79
5. El Sobhiya
6. Bahebek
7. Men Awel
8. Mafatshi Leh
9. Betebki Leh
10. Hatgini Tani
11. Horreya
12. El Bahr Azra
13. West El Ghabat

Product Details

Artist:  Al Massirieen
Label:  Habibi Funk
Format:  Vinyl LP
Condition:  New  
Cat Number:  HABIBI006LP
Released:  28 April 2017
Genre:  Latin, African & World

Regular price £21.00