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After falling in love with the original Hungarian song by Besh o droM, Meggyújtom a pipám - which translates as "I light my pipe", Roula Said gathered with her dance troupe and choreographed an exuberant dance. When she learned that the lyrics had a much darker theme than the dancers had all imagined, she was inspired to write Arabic lyrics with a theme of gathering with girlfriends, smoking sheesha and dancing our cares away. Thrilled to have Adam Pettik (back up vocals and darbuka) and Gergely Barcza (Ewi) from Besh o droM on this track.


Verse 1
Khudi rahtek ya saba
haddari -i- shisha
subbi l ahwa miruna
w-hati il-argilah

iddunya hilwa w murra
laish nistanna li bukra
yalla n`eesh ya habibi
fi ssa`ada ah ya sidi

Verse 2
fi l-`asriyyeh w-fil masa
nitjamma` ma` sawa
ta`u ninsa hammina
nur'us wi nitsalla

Verse 3
ifrahi ioana (Nikkita)
nawwiri `alayna
mah ma saar hawalena
fish ghair il khair fi 'lubna


Verse 1:
kick back and relax, Saba
prepare the sheesha (hookah/water pipe)
pour the coffee, Miruna
and pass the argilah (sheesha/hookah/pipe)

Life is bitter, life is sweet
why should we wait until tomorrow
come on my man
let’s live in joy

Verse 2:
in the afternoon, and in the evening
we gather together
let’s forget our troubles
let’s dance and have fun

Verse 3:
may you be filled with joy Ioana
and shine your light on all of us
no matter what happens all around
there is nothing but goodness in our hearts

lyrics by Roula said


from Dance of the Infidels, released November 2, 2015
Roula Said: lead vocals
Adam Pettik: vocals and darbuka
David Buchbinder: trumpet
Peter Lutek: C clarinet, alto saxophone
Gergely Barcza: EWI
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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