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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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Bomrani music

May 14th, 2012

Listen to this awesome track OW, our SOB partner and mentor had exposed us to. Behzad Omrani was born 27 years ago in Tehran and had released his first album in 2008. Lyrics and vocals by Behzad Omrani, music composed by Hamid Reza Behzadian.

Listen


The new Andalusian orchestra

November 20th, 2010

The New Andalusian Orchestra is the successor of the previous Israeli Andalusian Orchestra which had been terminated in February 2009 due to the dismissal of all musicians and workers, most of whom refused to be dissuaded and therefore continued to hold rehearsals and concerts in a steadfast struggle for government recognition and public funding.

This struggle was met with success when the Israeli Ministry of Culture granted the orchestra recognition on February 28, 2010. This was accompanied by the decision to retroactively fund the orchestra for their activities in 2009 and to veto the Ashdod Municipality’s petition to transfer these funds to their service.

Most of the musicians play from sheet music on classical western instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Oboe. These are accompanied by a traditional ensemble of classic eastern instruments- oud, Kamanja (knee violin), Kanoun, Ney, Darbuka and tar all of whom play without sheet music, through the knowledge that has been passed on to them from hundreds of generations.

In a week or so we`ll bring to you a filmed general rehersal that took place before a special event in the memory of Joe Amar. This rehearsal was filmed with a consumer videocam using the camera`s mic only.


Secret chiefs live in Tel Aviv

May 6th, 2010

Watch Trey Spruance and his Secret chiefs 3 army show what they are made of. A rare live performance of the Chiefs in Tel Aviv. Listen to the unusual rhythms and the middle wastern scales.


Tinariwen

March 28th, 2010

Tinariwen is one of my favorite bands, a mixture of Touareg poetry and song to the radical chaabi protest music of Moroccan groups like Nass El Ghiwane and Jil Jilala, and the Algerian pop rai to western rock and pop artists like Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Marley. They sound to me like The talking heads Remain in light masterpiece album with desert Algerian rai. This is another Vincent Moon masterpiece that I have found on his site

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Lena Chamamyan

January 16th, 2010

Lena Chamamyan Was born in Damascus city. She has graduated from the higher institution of music in Damascus as a classical vocalist in 2007. Throughout her university education, she attended classical music workshops , one with Gloria Skalki (Italy), one with Karmen Filarna (Italy), and with Mia Bits (Netherlands). She also attended Jazz workshops, most importantly, with the German Accordionist Manfred Leuschter, with whom she collaborated on many mutual recording projects. Lena attempts to revive Syrian folk music, and deliver it in a contemporary style and arrangement on one hand, and to keep the originality of the tunes and the lyrics on the other hand, in order to create a link between monotonous oriental classic music and contemporary world music. She believes this will make it easier for western audience to comprehend and listen to a’ harder to digest’ Arabic music. I have received a mail from a dear friend this afternoon with a link to this beautiful song of hers. Check it out…


Asik Veysel

September 27th, 2009

“Aşık Veysel Şatıroğlu (October 25, 1894 – March 21, 1973), also known as just Aşık Veysel, was an Alevi Turkish minstrel and highly regarded poet of the Turkish folk literature. He was born in the Sivrialan village of the Şarkışla district, Sivas, on October 25, 1894 and died on March 21, 1973. He was an ashik, a poet, songwriter, and a bağlama and saz virtuoso, the prominent representative of the Anatolian ashik tradition in the 20th century. He was blind for the most of his lifetime. His songs have usually sad tunes, often talking about the inevitability of death” – Wikipedia.

Listen to his music


Diwan Saz

August 8th, 2009

Set in ancient Yodfat in the Galilee, Israel, the album Unfathomed Depth was recorded in an archeological site cave in the spring of 2009. The event was produced by Diwan Saz and WOMINI productions. The video is produced and directed by Nadav Harel from NoProcess Films. Watch


Songs from the victorious city

February 11th, 2009

Anne Dudley is a musician, composer, arranger and producer.
9 things you didn’t know about her:
1.Won prizes for highest achievements at the Royal College of music,
2.Was the keyboard player and arranger of projects like “Frankie goes to Hollywood”. (with Trevor Horn )
3.She co wrote “Buffalo Gals” with Malcolm Mclaren.
4.She was the founding member of “Art of Noise”.
5.Arranger for artists like Pulp, Seal, Elton John and Jeff Beck.
6.Scored soundtracks like “The crying game”.
7.Won an Oscar for “The full Monty” score.
8.Was appointed first composer in Association with the BBC concert orchestra.
9.Produced Allison Moyet hit album
I didn’t know all of the above when I have bought her record “Songs from the victorious city” where she had teamed up with Jaz Coleman, best known for vocal contributions to “Killing Joke”. A multi instrumentalist that studied Arabic music at the Cairo Conservtoire.
This album always sounded like a soundtrack to me. Listen to “The Awakening”

The Awakening

                                                   


A Jew in Muslim Istanbul

January 1st, 2009

 

Not all Jew / Muslim interactions must end up in a tragedy. Yinon Muallem is a good example for that. As An Israeli, he is living, working and most important creating among Muslims in Istanbul, Turkey for the past 10 years. Yinon Muallem was born in Israel to parents of Iraqi origin and began his musical career playing latin percussion. Over the years, ollowing his family roots, he was drawn to Middle Eastern music. He started mastering instruments like darbuka, def, bender and Iranian zarb as well as South Indian kanjira and gathem. Years ago, he decided to go to Turkey to learn oud with Turkish virtuoso Yurdal Tockan. The 2 musicians developed instant chemistry that led to Yinon`s collaboration with Turkish musicians, and since then he has been living, performing, recording and teaching in Istanbul. I had met him few months ago and he gave me his recent recordings. This mixture of Klezmer Jewish Middle eastern Muslim music sounds wonderful to me. It`s a shame the two cultures and religions could not be brought together like Yinon did with his talent.

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