Sabreen is an ensemble of Palestinian Arab musicians, lyricists and sound technicians from Jerusalem who extol old fashioned virtues of patience and steadfastness in song and performance. The instrumentation includes traditional kawal, oud, qanoon and hand drums augmented with classical contrebass, cello and violin. They are fronted by the accomplished, attractive, and highly ornamented voice of Kamilya Jubran, who swoons and trills fervently on all ten songs of this 44 minute recording.
The topics include godly devotion, romantic desire and Palestinian freedom, and the writing displays great civility. What is most notable is the crafted arranging of instruments, which are employed with unique restraint. The oud or qanoon do not convey perpetual (either simple or flashy) accompaniment but are presented in slow, fragmented and interlocked wholes in a style that might be termed 'arab baroque.' Though recorded in a private studio, the production is spacious and airy, achieved with digital delay effects on some but not all instruments & voice. Soothing, and graceful, Ala Fein is an exceptional self-produced effort of modern, traditionally-inflected Arab artistry issuing from the capital of Israel. - Steve Taylor
Song: "Those Who Had A Home"
music composed by Said Murad (Delabel Edition - Paris, France), lyrics by Sabreen
Used by permission
Comment on this music or the web site.
Write a Letter to the Editor