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Al Muwashahat

by Ghada Shbeir

Classical arabic, Arabo-andalusian, tarab
Genre: World: Middle East Contemporary
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Album Notes
Ghada Shbeir "Winner of the BBC3 World Music Award" for 2007

You can also hear Ghada Shbeir in CD:"Communique#2" (tracks 2 and 5)

This CD represents the quintessence of the “Muwashah”. Care for details and complete reproduction of suites, without any new composition of preludes, interludes or finales; make of this work an authentic product of “Tarab”.

This recording is the fruit of a convergence between “Forward music”, great musicians and a fascinating singer, whose goal was to go back into the past, and bring this music to life in its integrity. A series of extraordinary musical sessions occurred during the recording of this CD. We were immersed in a state of exaltation re-living that golden era in Arab history, when humanism, music and the arts prevailed.

To those who’re not familiar with “Tarab”, we invite you to discover the meaning of this word in music. And to those who are already familiar with this genre, we‘re quite sure that you will find in this CD all the ecstasy proper to this style.


Ghada Shbeir Vocals Transcription-Research

Charbel Rouhana Oud (Arabic Luth)Transcription–Band Leader

Ali El Khatib Rik (Arabic Percussions)

Samir Siblini Nay (Arabic Pan Flute)

Tony Khalifeh Violin

Abboud Saadi Acoustic Bass

Ghazi AbdelBaki Executive Producer-Recording-Mixing- Mastering

Forward Music Producers

Recorded Mixed & Mastered at Forward Productions Studios- Beirut-Lebanon

Ghada Shbeir – Biography:

Ghada Shbeir is born in Lebanon. She studied Musical Sciences at the University of USEK and has a Masters Degree in Musicology and Middle Eastern Singing. Today she teaches singing and Middle Eastern Theory at USEK and at the National Conservatory of Music. She is considered one of the leading specialists in Arabo-Andalusian singing, Assyrian, Maronite and Antique Religious chants.

In 1997, Ghada Shbeir was awarded the first prize of the best Arabic Singer competition in Egypt. She represents Lebanon frequently in music conventions and festivals around the world. (Poland, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Spain, London, Paris…)

Ghada Shbeir has published two books. The first is a study of the Arabo-Andalusian singing tradition “ The Muwashah after the Cairo caucus of 1932” and the second is a research on the music of Sayyed Darwish “ The Muwashahat and Adwars of Sayyed Darwish”

She recently won the BBC World Music Award for the Middle East and North Africa, and the Audience Award for 2007.


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Fady Joudah

An elegant mixture of Muwashahat as musicology and pleasure
The CD is so lovely, it makes me want more. There are songs I keep returning to. It is a highly commendable effort that balances Muwashahat as tradition and professional musicology on the one hand, with the pure pleasure of listening on the other.

Manfred Malzahn

Tasteful, powerful, masterful.
Tasteful, powerful, masterful. A fitting tribute to a wonderful piece of musical heritage. I would have loved to see the lyrics included in the booklet, though...


Fantastico! Suggestioni mai sentite!
Mamma mia! Raramente capita di ascoltare musica di questo livello. La «pelle d'oca» è garantita! La signora Ghada Shbeir (si pronuncia Rada, con la r alla francese, a giudicare come il nome è scritto in caratteri arabi) entra come un fulmine nel panorama musicale mondiale. Straordinaria!


Stunning voice, beautiful music
Ghada Shbeir has a simply stunning voice - truly one of the most talented singers I have ever come across. The setting of these pieces, with a small group of traditional instruments (oud, percussion, acoustic bass etc) works very well. All the playing is top-notch, and the overall result is a set of wonderful, exotic and beautiful pieces of music.

Victor Esses

Really beautiful work
Beautiful work, nice rendition of the muwashahat, superb musicians.

John Plant

Extremely original, with the taste of authenticity. Pure pleasure. The musicians are splendid, and it is a blessèd relief to hear real musicians playing real instruments with such gusto and sensitivity.


Great gift
Loved it. All my friends did too. So i bought some more and offered them around!

Sophia Smith

Al Muwashahat
This is a recording of ancient Arabic music, from a scholar who sought to give a faithful rendition of the music and to be true to its spirit. She is as much an artist as a scholar - this music is poetic and full of passion. I love this CD and could not imagine ever becoming tired of it.


Oh my!
Ordinarily, I don't do the review thing. But I'm making an exception for this CD 'cause it has some of the most gorgeous music I've heard in quite a while. And I listen to a lot of music.

anna donck

liked her concert better
I like her voice and the music. I first heard her on BBC radio where she gave a concert. In that concert I heard a lot more improvisation than on this CD, which is why I was little bit disappointed. I find this CD a bit too static and stiff. I hope she will do more improvisation. Maybe she had another band in that concert??
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