Tahtil Shibbak

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This is an old Egyptian folk song. It dates back to a 1946 Egyptian movie with the foremost Egyptian dancer/film star of the time, Tahia Carioca. Composed by `Aziz `Osman, with lyrics by Badi` Khairy, it was brought back in a big way by the great Saidi singer, Fatmeh Serhan, and has become a huge bellydance favourite. In our version, the instrumental lines are re-imagined by David Buchbinder inspired by hearing Ustaz Bassam Bishara sing and play his version.

lyrics

taht-ish-shibbak, lamahtak ya gada`
ba`daha wayyak, ma-tʼulli ya gada`

taht-ish-shibbak, lamahtak ya gada`
ba`daha wayyak, ma-tʼulli ya gada`

izza `addayt, osad il bayt (2)
abbus riglayk, mat-buss li foʼ
w-titfi-shshoʼ, amana `alayk
bussi-wi-tkallem, `ala ayni ya gada`
ah ya salam sallim, `ala ayni ya gada`

khaddak tiffah, dawwiʼni ya gada`
rimshak garrah, hish `anni ya gada`

izza `addayt, osad il bayt (2)
abbus riglayk, mat-buss li foʼ
w-titfi-shshoʼ, amana `alayk
bussi-wi-tkallem, `ala ayni ya gada`
ah ya salam sallim, `ala ayni ya gada`

ah ya gada`, ah ya gada`, ah ya gada`


pre-translation:

please note - the word gada` recurs in this song
gada` is sometimes translated as a young man, or a macho young man
I think of a gada`, as a "hot young salt-of-the-earth guy from my hood", a sexy mench

translation:

Beneath the window I spotted you O gada`
And what shall I do with you, won't tell me O gada`

If you pass in front of my house
I kiss your feet to look up, and quench this passionate love,
O please look up and talk to me
Upon my eye (lit.)
O peace, greet me,

Your cheeks are apples, give me a taste gada`
Your eyelash slaughters,
get away from me O gada`

ah you gada`

credits

from Dance of the Infidels, released November 2, 2015
Roula Said: vocals, qanun, zills
David Buchbinder: trumpet, shakers
Peter Lutek: C clarient
Drew Jurecka: violin
Demetrios Petsalakis: oud, electric guitar, riqq
RJ Satchithananthan: bass guitar
Zach Sutton: drum kit
Jaash Singh: darbuka, djembe

thanks to George Sawa for translation assistance

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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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