Ya Salaam

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the original version is by the great male Syrian singer, Sabah Fakhri. It is an old Syrian folk song likely dating back to the early 1900s.

lyrics

Ya Mas`adek Subheyya, ma` tal`et il fajriyya
ash-shamsu minha tirwi, kawakibun `aini durriya

ah ya salam ya salam ya salam
ah ya salam walla-l-lail ma banam

um il`abi w-irwini, nahdek finjan is-sini
ya bintu laish ma-t-ti`ini, wil wa’ti hurriya

ah ya salam ya salam ya salam
ah ya salam walla-l-lail ma banam

sayyidi, riqqali
wirham il walhan walhan
fil hawa, ma dawa
wil fu’ad hayran hayran

idh lam ta`ud li `ud, wil hajru shay’un yughni
ya yusufiyya - l-husni, ahzan ya`qubiyya

ah ya salam ya salam ya salam
ah ya salam walla-l-lail ma banam

translation:

How beautiful you are each morning with the rising of the sun
The sun drinks its fill from you, you are golden starlight

oh wonder of wonders
such wonder I don’t sleep at night

Get up and dance and satisfy me, your breast is a china cup
oh girl why don’t you heed my words, these are times of freedom

oh wonder of wonders
such wonder I don’t sleep at night

my mister, soften up for me
have mercy on the one filled with longing

in love there is no medicine
and the heart is perplexed

you are not coming back to me, abandonment is excruciating
oh you who is beautiful like Joseph, and filled with sorrows like Jacob

oh wonder of wonders
such wonder I don’t sleep at night

credits

from Dance of the Infidels, released November 2, 2015
Roula Said: vocals, qanun, zills
David Buchbinder: trumpet, shakers, back-up vocals
Laila Buchbinder: back-up vocals
Peter Lutek: C clarient
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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