Ziad Rahbani Goes Oriental with Touch of Salsa on ‘Monodose’

Published May 2nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

The long-awaited new album from Ziad Rahbani has finally arrived at music stores, and it was definitely worth the wait. Rahbani’s latest work, titled “Monodose,” is smooth, with a mix of oriental jazz and more South American tunes, according to thisiscyberia.com. 

The album, also featuring Salma Mousfi, includes 10 songs sung by Mousfi and others sung by Rahbani in Arabic, French and English. 

In general, Rahbani’s music is soft and soothing, interrupted by upbeat sounds provided by jazzy Brazilian rhythms. With Mousfi’s unique voice, the songs are sweet and sensual at the same time; her singing proves a good match for Rahbani’s compositions. With “Monodose,” Mousfi comes across as both a femme fatale and a sweet girl, especially in the song “A Verre Chez Nous”. 

As is common with Rahbani’s work, the album’s lyrics mirror his cynicism and love for artistic absurdity – simultaneous light and deep sounds that are often irrational. His combination of three languages in one song also gives an amusing touch to his music, especially with the track “Ass’ada Allahou Masa’akoum.” 

Mousfi and Rahbani met in 1986, and the two have performed together several times since then, most notably in the play “Lawla Foshat Al Amal.” Mousfi also worked with Rahbani during the “Voice of the People” radio series “Salma and Issa” – Albawaba.com  

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