A thread for pop with Arabic influences from the Balkans, Transcaucasia, North Africa and the Middle East

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This thread is inspired by Mata Hari, the Azerbaijani entry into this year's Eurovision (see the Eurovision 2020/2021 thread), which I somewhat clumsily described as "Europop with Middle Eastern flourishes."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSiZmR1c7Q4

Ideally I would like the focus to be current-sounding pop (i.e., not traditional songs from the past ~5 years) with Arabic elements (strings, vocal style, etc). But also not opposed to it evolving into something different — let's see what other people around here are into :)

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:20 (three weeks ago) link

Other songs that have caught my attention recently:

Dhurata Dora (Kosovo) ft. Soolking (Algeria) - Zemër

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCpvmHi1gxU

Sura Iskenderli (Turkey) - Dinle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrlOvPCVp-E

Eleni Foureira (Greece) - Fuego (thanks brestcrawl!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54PHdAEmJkM

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:27 (three weeks ago) link

Oops, wrong link on the Sura Iskenderli track. Here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7nYaR0u7Eg

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:27 (three weeks ago) link

Another excellent track by Soolking and Dadju (France):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReK5Z0RCbSY

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:31 (three weeks ago) link

Here is a short playlist (of mostly Albanian artists) I also shared on the Eurovision thread, if anyone is interested.

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 02:52 (three weeks ago) link

last year's Efendi entry was the fantastic CleopatRRRRa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0VzBCvO1Wk

Bignefs Proportionable (seandalai), Sunday, 11 April 2021 03:07 (three weeks ago) link

Woo, thanks for starting this thread, daavid. I will mostly be stealing all your songs for myself but hopefully I'll have a few things to contribute in return.

emil.y, Sunday, 11 April 2021 15:30 (three weeks ago) link

Honestly, I've just started digging into this type of music myself so I'll also be largely relying on other posters :)

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 16:44 (three weeks ago) link

I only know what makes it to Eurovision so will also be paying attention

Bignefs Proportionable (seandalai), Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:43 (three weeks ago) link

not sure this is exactly what daavid's looking for but I just found Bashkortostan's entry for last year's Turkvision Song Contest and I love it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaWx9cuPciw

Bignefs Proportionable (seandalai), Sunday, 11 April 2021 17:59 (three weeks ago) link

First example that popped into my head is this one, from one of the biggest contemporary stars of Bosnian traditional singing (and the one that introduced gender fluidity into it for the first time), Božo Vrećo (here in collab with Serbian producer/singer, Marko Louis):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3TKHEht1ng

Max Florian, Sunday, 11 April 2021 20:00 (three weeks ago) link

not sure this is exactly what daavid's looking for but I just found Bashkortostan's entry for last year's Turkvision Song Contest and I love it

Yes it is!

daavid, Sunday, 11 April 2021 21:27 (three weeks ago) link

Would love to know more about Balkan rap. I was watching videos about the Pink Panthers, a Serbian luxury goods theft ring, and they had some awesome music, but what I've found on Spotify sucks. I do like Balkan music!

"We prefer these lightweights to those music assholes" (I M Losted), Monday, 12 April 2021 08:09 (three weeks ago) link

Balti - Ya Lili feat. Hamouda (Tunisia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJHPpTYtIqk

I remember this being a crossover hit a few years ago.

daavid, Monday, 12 April 2021 19:06 (three weeks ago) link


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