Thread: Arabic Disco?
January 4th, 2004, 09:34 PM #1Chart Hit [Level 6]
I was wondering was there any arabic disco since there was already western disco like boot clements? The only arabic disco i know is the arabian nights medley by ritchie family.
January 4th, 2004, 09:49 PM #2
No disco but synthpop from early 80's
Miro Miroe - Nights in Arabia (c)1982 CBS recordsIf you buy this record your life, will be better.
January 5th, 2004, 01:01 AM #3
Re: Arabic Disco?Originally Written by mixtape
Then there's the Orient Express "Desert Fantasy" LP, but this appears to be an Israeli/French production.
January 5th, 2004, 01:33 AM #4Underground Hit [Level 5]
Voyage Lp from 1977 side A track 3 : Orient express ... the only one i can think of at the moment ...RU 8)
''Dreamin' about those disco lights''**Dreamin\' about those disco lights**
January 5th, 2004, 02:02 AM #5
Check out the group 'La Bionda' and their hit "SandStorm".
January 7th, 2004, 05:48 AM #6Underground Hit [Level 5]
Also, check out "Gaz-o-lean" by 212 on the "Extensions from Area Code 212" LP. This sounds quite middle-eastern, so much so that a DJ on this forum made a bootleg from it which he called "Disco Taliban" :lol:
January 7th, 2004, 09:13 AM #7
But the Taleban aren't from the middle east...
January 7th, 2004, 09:15 AM #8Gold Record [Level 7]
I have a couple of LPs by a co-op called the Soul Messengers, who are Israeli. The stuff is unbelieveble - disco/soul/funk/jazzy/fusion - they sound like a US indie outfit from the '70s. The covers depict the various member in turbans and robes, with staffs - and the text is largely arabic???? on one and exclusively so on the other. Definitely surprising records.What would you do without your muesli...where would you be without a bowl?
January 7th, 2004, 12:24 PM #9Underground Hit [Level 5]Originally Written by Graham_Start
January 7th, 2004, 01:04 PM #10Originally Written by darrens
Lumping all Muslims together shows some pretty serious ignorance, and is the kind of thinking that has helped perpetuate the current conflicts.
January 8th, 2004, 11:05 AM #11
At the end of the 80's there were a couple of great dance hits with arabic undertones. One was from Ofra Haza (RIP) and the other "Fata Morgana" by Dissidenten.
Sorry, Graham. At least they sounded Arabic for me :lol:
Some months ago, during the war in Iraq, I made a dance party with some friends. I remember the most played song was "Fata Morgana"...
January 8th, 2004, 12:40 PM #12Test Pressing [Level 2]
a bit hard-to-find but a very nice italian record from 1982 is Gate - Arabian (blood records)
with arabian melodies & vocoders singing something like "we are arabian"
January 8th, 2004, 02:00 PM #13Double Platinum Record [Level 9]Originally Written by Nano
January 8th, 2004, 02:34 PM #14Originally Written by NickNack
January 8th, 2004, 05:39 PM #15
Ofra Haza was an Israeli singer who had a number of hits in the 80's.I have three of her 12" promos.
Ya Ba Ye-1989
These were interesting recordings to say the least can't say I found these inspiring but apparently they did well in the UK and US clubs.Definately Middle Eastern sounding.A very beautiful woman from what I have seen of her on the cover of Im Nin'alu.
From the AMG review.
"Long one of Israel's most popular singers, Ofra Haza broke through to international recognition during the mid-1980s when her traditional music found favor on the U.K. club circuit, its success leading to a series of unlikely pop projects. Born in Tel Aviv on November 19, 1959, Haza was the daughter of Yemenite parents forced to flee from their native country's Muslim regime; at the age of 12 she joined the renowned Hatikva theatrical troupe, and with the group cut a number of award-winning records before serving a compulsory two-year tour of duty in the Israeli army. Upon her discharge, in 1979 she mounted a solo career, becoming a star not only at home but also in neigboring Arab nations; in 1983, her recording of "Hi!" placed second in the annual Eurovision Song Contest.
Inspired by the ancient melodies taught to her by her mother, in 1985 Haza recorded Yemenite Songs, which featured traditional instruments as well as lyrics drawn from the 16th century poetry of Shalom Shabazi; not only a major hit at home, the album was also a worldbeat smash in England as well. With 1988's Shaday, she turned away from traditional sounds to pursue more dance-flavored material, and the single "Im Nin'al" even reached the Top 20 on the U.K. pop charts, additionally becoming a club favorite in the U.S. Haza's music was also sampled on the Eric B. and Rakim rap classic "Paid in Full," and her vocals later found their way into M.A.R.R.S.'seminal "Pump Up the Volume" as well.
1989's Desert Windwas sung largely in English, and its release corresponded with Haza'sfirst American tour. For 1992's Grammy-nominated Kirya, she teamed with producer Don Was, and welcomed guests Iggy Popand Lou Reed; that same year, Haza also recorded the single "Temple of Love" with British goth-rockers the Sisters of Mercy. Despite her success, however, she was silent throughout the middle of the decade, finally resurfacing in 1997 with a self-titled LP issued on her new label BMG Ariola. Haza died unexpectedly of AIDS-related complications on February 23, 2000.Different eyes see different things. Different hearts beat on different strings. But there are times for you and me when all such things agree...Rush