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December 11, 2008 10:10 AM   Subscribe

arabic/iranian music question - help me ID this music and album cover and figure out other music like it.

i downloaded music from this page and i'm especially in love with two songs that are labeled on this album cover. here are the two mp3s for those who dont want to go through divshare.

i want to know where these songs are from, and how i can find other similar arabic/persian soul electronic music. thanks!
posted by shokod to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Coming to you live from Kuwait with the Arabian Gulf outside my living-room window (really),

I believe some music by Fairouz is arranged along these lines. In the relatively recent electronic-Arabic/Persian-chill realm, you might like REG Project, Blue Bedouin and Oryx. Searching for oud-based music might yield good results.

Send bacon.
posted by ambient2 at 10:25 AM on December 11, 2008

ambient2 - this question was posted also on my behalf. I specifically am not interested in recent chill (ie Barcelona lounge) music, but rather the dreamier, older stuff.

(also, I'd be missing bacon too)
posted by yonation at 10:26 AM on December 11, 2008

Best answer: Just so you know, these songs aren't Arabic, they're Persian. The first song is "Sheytoonak" (شیطونک), and the second is "Ghariba" (قریبه), both from the album "Darya Darya" (دریا دریا). The singer is Ramesh (رامش).

For more Persian pop music from around the '70s, you might try Googoosh, Aref, Pouran, Manouchehr Sakhai, and Vigen. Wikipedia has a list of popular singers from the golden age of Persian pop music. And check out these three YouTube users; they have lots of videos of old Persian music.

Oh, and if you want old-fashioned Arabic music (albeit from the '50s and '60s), you could try Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Farid el Atrache, Layla Murad, and Fairouz's old stuff. It doesn't sound just like those Ramesh songs, but you could look into it anyway if you're interested.
posted by gg at 1:16 PM on December 11, 2008 [1 favorite]

posted by yonation at 1:18 PM on December 11, 2008

Response by poster: this is what metrafilter is for. perfect answer.
posted by shokod at 2:48 PM on December 11, 2008

From Jadi at Jadi.net (who writes "Inside Iran"):

"The Anonymouse is right. The song is from Pouran. The song with the siren in it, is called "fireman" . The woman calls the fireman and asks for help about a "fire" but the
fire is in the heart of the man :)

The one with the Golden Records on it, is the "rooh Parvar" روح پرور.

I have not heard this song yet and going to listen to it right now . Thank you for the good post and renewing old memories :)"

(He was referring to the Anonymous comment left on the original blog post, after it was answered here on AskMe)
posted by HopperFan at 10:24 AM on December 13, 2008

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