Lebanese singer Melhem Barakat

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Inspired to start a thread for him since I was just listening to some of his tapes, and I've never managed to generate much, if any interest in his music. And now I have just discovered he died last October. There is 2016 concert footage of him looking pretty spry.

Here is a classic to get things started while I do more digging. Not sure this is actually live:


the which the mother Mary (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink


I like the frequently amazing rhythms and the slinky, engaging melodies. Many of his song that I like follow a structure in which a verse is sung a couple times (sometimes more); then the next verse, with a completely different melody, is sung a couple times; and it goes on like that. I think that's actually a very traditional way of doing things, but his overall style is his own.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Another banger:


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Possibly my favorite Melhem Barakat songs. The slow beginning, the skipping rhythms, but also the completely gripping melodies and vocal delivery. Bittersweet perfection.


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Seriously, how anyone can not love those rhythms is not possible for me to understand.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I may be wrong, but I think this is basically a "set me free" song:


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

So good. *heart .gif*

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink



_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 22:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

All these crying emoticons in the comments are make me feel a little bleary eyed.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 23:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

good thread

bamcquern, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

There's more to come!

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I've avoided saying it so far, but that girl in the blue top in the last video is destroying me. I think that's the same setting I've seen in a Sabah Fakhri video. I wonder if it's some sort of televised private party show.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Another favorite from my tapes (I basically don't know titles). Too bad the audio quality is even worse than my cassettes, because you can hardly hear some of the best details:


And this one is great too:


(What is there to say? You have the music.)

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink


_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

When music critics admit they need a "way in" that generally consists of some narrative or theory, they are admitting they are less immediately responsive to music than the average person. But after all, they can't actually translate music into words, so they have to find something ultimately peripheral to write about.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Where is the love for dad tarab?

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 1 January 2018 17:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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