Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Laila Matar

Artist: Laila Matar
LP: Cairo! The Music of Modern Egypt
Song: "Ishtagnalak Wallah (Part 2)"
[ listen ]

This Capitol Records various artists LP presenting "modern" Egyptian music to a Western audience was something I picked up last summer in Dayton, Ohio of all places. Along with Laila Matar, the record features tracks from Nagah Salamar, Tariq Abdul Hakim, and Ahmed Jabor. I've included an album review here from the May 5, 1956 edition of The Billboard magazine, and the LP's liner notes, which offer a range of tantalizing tips and ideas for your own Egyptian vacation, are included below. Personally, I'd like to spend a relaxing evening at one of Cairo's still-gay cafes!

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