Avrahim | Give Ear !

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Give Ear !

by Avrahim

Middle Eastern Beats. Oum Kulthum on acid, Arabic drill & bass, Turkish trip-hop, Yemenite breakbeat & more.
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1. W' Marret El Ayam
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2. Sar Ha Memune
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5:56 album only
3. Ya Ba Lah
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6:11 album only
4. Al Tishkach
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4:07 album only
5. Hinach Yafa Raayati
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4:33 album only
6. Et Dodim
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9:12 album only
7. Badna Nitjawez Al Id
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8. Ya Habaybi Ya Ghaybin
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9. Fadiha ( Bedouin Funk Mix )
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10. Efshar Lenagen
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11. Fadiha ( Electronic Hafla Mix )
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Album Notes
Give ear , O ye heavens , to this electric desert storm from the middle east where the old meets the bold , where tradition meets with fiction , where east & west fuse with some blasting semitic groove.
Can you imagine how Oum Kulthum the famous Arabic Diva would sound when tripping on acid ?
And how about 200 hundred Yemenite rabbies beating their heads in a 180 BPM Drill & Bass frenzy ?
You can of course continue to use your imagination.We definitely encourage that.
On the other hand you can just give an ear to AvRaHim’s hottest debut album : ‘Give Ear’
AvRaHim is a fusion of different cultures , different languages , different beliefs & of course different kinds of music.
The name AvRaHim which is a fusion of the Hebrew name ‘Avraham’ & the Arabic name ‘Ibrahim’ refers to our common ancestor who demonstrates the common aspects of our languages, culture & beliefs.
The music of avrahim is a unique blend of electrifying beats & grooves with traditional middle eastern music. From 180 bpm Yemenite drill & bass to Bedouin funk then to some ecstatic desert-tribal grooves & finally relaxing & tripping with some smooth oriental trip-hop ambiance. Dance to it , listen to it , trip with it , Give Ear to it !

AvRaHim members Uri Pessach & Abed El Salaam Abu-Foul come from Jaffa , a natural Hebrew-Arab mixed city in Israel.They began jamming together more then 4 years ago.It all began when Uri Pessach was looking for that perfect Arabic sound that will give his electronic track the middle eastern feel he heard in his mind.
“ A good friend of ours told me that Abed is really into it & suggested that we try to jam together” recalls Pessach.” Although Abed had no musical background his beautiful & delicate voice really touched me”. This 1st musical jam gave birth to AvRaHim’s dance version to the well known Farid El Atrache song ‘Ya Habaybi Ya Raybin’ ( My Absent Beloved ).Naturally another jam was set & another gem was born. Oum Kulthum’s ‘We Marret Al Ayam’ ( And the days have gone by ) came to life.Then followed the Yemenite traditional ‘Sar Ha Memune’ which became a 180 BPM drum & bass frenzy & many other blends & mixes began to emerge. ‘AvRaHim’ came to existence.” We never know what direction the original melodies will take us” says Pessach.”We’re always looking for that new creation that will come out of this traditional elements”.

Avrahim is delighted to share with you its debut musical creation & hope you’ll
enjoy your trip.Now it’s time to give ear & let the music speak !

Peace , Shalom , Salaam ,

“Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.”
( Deuteronomy , Chapter 32 ,1 )


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WideOpen

Grooving the middle-east with a certain twist....
Avrahim brings us the best in middle-eastern groove.It's a middle-eastern dance party, funky & upbeat but at the same time you can relax & listen to the music.It's quite eclectic & combines many different styles in it but all of them fuse into an organic & beautiful middle-eastern tapestry on which you can move & groove...
Definitely deserves giving ear to it !

GringoLimbo

Innovative east meets west and drum meets bass. Ethnic electronic anyone?
Hardly classifiable, Avrahim is an east meets west, sampler meets vocal chords combination that will get you up and dancing in no time.
Upon listening to it for the first time, it’s clear that this group is heavily rooted in both electronic music (dance, drum & bass, trip hop) as well as traditional middle-eastern music and text.
This strange combo highlights singer Abed el Salaam Abu Foul’s soulful voice in an exhilarating setting which sounds a bit like a combination of Mercan Dede meets Squarepusher meets Farid el Atrash.
The lead role in Avrahim, though, is clearly in the hands of Uri Pessach, who has a knack for combining layers of heavy programming, beats, and keyboards with traditional sounds and melodies of the orient.
Electronic yet authentic, this CD offers some seriously original tunes; some of the tracks are a bit too long, but then, most of them managed to surprise me somehow by offering smooth yet unconventional transitions back and forth between bouncy electronic dance passages and cool chill-out parts which just invite you to ride the groove.
If this is what music in the middle-east will sound like once peace is achieved in the region and Israeli and Palestinian cultures really start to blend, all I can say is: Wicked!
Listening to this CD feels a bit like you’re chilling on a stool in a caffé in some middle eastern market, absorbing the atmosphere while smoking one of those big hooka pipes (nargila, sheesha), …only to find out minutes later that somebody dropped some Acid or Speed into the tobacco mix you have just smoked.
Bon voyage and enjoy the party!
I wish I knew some good electronic music clubs in Arab Capitols around the world because if there are any, and some of you guys out there in Damascus or in Amman are reading this, believe me, you want this CD in your collection!
And this actually makes me think that if YOU are ready for some seriously innvative electro-ethnic beats you will probably dig this CD as well.