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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Another banger:


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:37 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 20:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

So good. *heart .gif*

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 21:22 (eleven months ago) Permalink



_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 22:28 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 23:38 (eleven months ago) Permalink

good thread

bamcquern, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There's more to come!

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:37 (eleven months 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 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink


_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 28 December 2017 16:34 (eleven months 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 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Where is the love for dad tarab?

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 1 January 2018 17:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I like this version of this song:


Difficult not to move during parts of this.

Will continue to think people are crazy for not loving Syrian and Lebanese rhythms.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

Oh wait, but they have the labels wrong. The song I want is this, but I guess the real title is Erjaeily (but basically they are making up this transliterations on the fly):


_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 06:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

good thread

― bamcquern, Thursday, 28 December 2017 01:26

etc, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 08:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

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