Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Hamza El Din|
Lily of the Nile
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
The meeting of oud master Hamza El Din and the adventurous audiophile label Waterlily Acoustics was something that simply had to happen. El Din's music, so thoughtful and often lulling, is tailor-made for the sonic sharpne... more »
The meeting of oud master Hamza El Din and the adventurous audiophile label Waterlily Acoustics was something that simply had to happen. El Din's music, so thoughtful and often lulling, is tailor-made for the sonic sharpness that is the label's trademark. And the result doesn't disappoint. This might not be the classic that Escalay (The Water Wheel) or A Wish are, but it's still a gorgeous record, slow and meditative, with El Din's voice and oud washing over the listener like a large Nubian wave. Pieces like "Shortunga" are ideal for contemplation; the refreshing and far more upbeat "Hamayala" brings things up to speed for the finale. Lily of the Nile is a distinct change from El Din's previous disc, Muwashshah (which teamed him with some of his Japanese students), and a real return to his roots. --Chris Nickson
Beautiful, meditative music
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | 06/19/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hamza el Din is from Nubia, where Africa and Egypt meet. He's probably the best living player of the oud, the Arabic instrument that was the ancestor of the European lute (that standby of Renaissance popular music). This album showcases his amazing artistry on the oud, as well as his meditative vocals, and it's wonderful music for a warm summer evening when I'm imagining I'm back in Aswan (sigh). But a friend who bought the album for belly dance practice was disappointed: the only track you can dance to is the final one, where el Din wakes you up again with a peppy drum and vocal number."
Great Performance, Great Engineering
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 07/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recall the day when Nonesuch Explorer, then a new label, issued Escalay, the Water Wheel. We were all agog at the oud playing and the deep spiritual feel of the music. While Eclipse remains my favorite recording of Hamza el Din, chiefly because of the inclusion of tracks where he plays the tar frame drum, this album from Water Lily is highly worthwhile because of its superb engineering and because of the powerful improvisations. I was fortunate to hear Hamza play in an intimate setting, and this recording well matches that experience. As you listen to the album, you will hear hints of Escalay in the second track and hear Hamza sing on the third track. The longest track is Allah Hu Akbar, which is a religious meditation that begins again with the Escalay tune and rhythm. The final track, Hamayala, of which another performance appears on the JVC album, is a drum track in which Hamza again sings."