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A Mawwaal is a vocal improvisation on a poem in colloquial Arabic.


music and Arabic lyrics by Roula Said

umi ya hilwa, ya warda
ilbasi fustanek il harir
la tihzani `ala-mbarih
w-la tkhafi min bukra
ba`att il hawa-yra'sek
w-nazzalt ish-shams
it-miallis sha`rek it-tawil

Rise up my beauty, my rose
put on your silk dress
do not grieve for yesterday
and do not fear tomorrow
I have sent the wind to dance with you
and I have drawn down the sun
to caress your long hair


from Dance of the Infidels, released November 2, 2015
Roula Said: vocals
David Buchbinder: trumpet
Demetrios Petsalakis: electric guitar


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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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