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from the original Iraqi song by Nazim al Ghazali
Yammu-l-i`yun is-soud
"The woman with the dark eyes"


yamwail`yun issoud majuzan ana
khaddich il gaymar wana trayyag mina

yamwail`yun issoud majuzan ana
lon ichchil khamri-sihir li'lubina

waqfa bil bab tisrakh ya latif
lani majnuna wala `aqli khafif

min wara tannur t-nawishni rgheef
ya rgheef il hilwa yikfeeni sana

Dark-eyed woman
you leave me perplexed
Your cheeks are the richest cream
I want to eat them for breakfast

Dark-eyed woman
you leave me perplexed
The tan colour of your skin
casts a spell on our hearts

She stands in the doorway
screaming, my gracious God
I am not crazy
and my mind is not weak

From behind the oven
she passes me a loaf of bread
The bread of the beautiful one
will satisfy me for a year


from Dance of the Infidels, released November 2, 2015
Roula Said: vocals
David Buchbinder: trumpet
Peter Lutek: G clarinet
Drew Jurecka: violin
Demetrios Petsalakis: electric guitar
RJ Satchithananthan: bass guitar
Zach Sutton: drum kit
Jaash Singh: darbuka, djembe, tapan


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Nomadica Toronto, Ontario

NOMADICA re-imagines and recombines the rich, soulful and righteously celebratory musics of the Arabs, Gypsies and Jews. Led by Juno-award winning trumpeter and composer, David Buchbinder and vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and dancer, Roula Said, the band features soaring vocals, a front line of masterful improvisors and a heavily funky rhythm section. Music to fire up your heart and your hips! ... more

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