Friday, April 9, 2010

The Arabic Music Phase

I had this whole Arabic music phase. When I heard Aicha by Cheb Khaled, I immediately fell in love with the song.

Really, you should hear me singing in French and my apologies to all of the French speakers out there. And what does French have to do with Arabic anyway?

Here are the lyrics, in part, to Aicha:

écrite par J.J Goldman

Comme si je n'existais pas,
elle est passée à côté de moi
Sans un regard, reine de "Saba",
j'ai dit Aïcha prends tout est pour toi

Voici les perles les bijoux,
aussi l'or autour de ton cou
Les fruits, biens mûrs au goût de miel,
ma vie, Aïcha si tu m'aimes...

I’ll have to find the actual translation but Aicha walks past the gentleman without regard and he’s going to bring her jewelry, the sun...yadda yadda yadda. Listen to me, he pleads. I’ll erase your tears, your sorrow...yadda yadda yadda.

When I told my friend Lori the lyrics she said, he’s lying. Wow, Lori, have a little faith.

My fascination with Aicha led me to Raï music which led me to Magic System.

If you look at my workout play list, I have this song Un Gaou Oran by 113& Magic System. I love this video. I think it’s so funky, cute and no one is scantily clad. So, here's something funky for Friday. Sit back and enjoy 113 & Magic System.

What's the story behind one of your favorite workout songs?

Cheers! It's Friday.


  1. Great Music 'Drea! I really enjoyed listening to and watching these. My playlists? I've got so many of them and it all depends on my mood. Rock, pop, country, 70's music, Earth Wind & Fire (they deserve their own category), and music from all over the world. I once went through a very long Brazilian music phase, influenced by many Brazilian friends I had at the time. Great music, the most joyful people I have ever been around.

    Currently I listen to alot of Kirtan music. If you aren't familiar with it check out some Jai Uttal/Kirtan. This is music for meditative worship/chanting/singing but sometimes I get into a really good rhythm when I run and this music works well. Often I listen to it at work. It helps me to stay calm and focused.

    We are heading back to Salt Lake today so a nice long drive ahead of us. Hub and kids are still in bed so the mean mommy has to wake everyone up and get eveyone moving. The kids are worn out and ready to go home, but packing up and loading the car is a bit of a drag.

    Oh, by the way. Zion is a big rock climbing mecca! Maybe you can come here and climb one day?!

    Take care and have a great weekend.

  2. So sad but it didn't show up on my computer. :(

    I'll take your word and the other Diane's above me that it was great!

  3. @Diane,

    My taste in music is all over the place as well. I really dig Earth, Wind and Fire and I like Brazilian music too.

    Did you see that spoof of Brazilian music on Saturday Night Line? It was pretty funny.

    I'll have to check out Kirtan music since I haven't listened to any yet.

    I can't believe I'm writing this down but I'm look forward to when I get skilled enough to climb outside.

    I hope that you're close to home by now...

    @Diane Fit to the Finish,

    Definitely trust Diane and me. ;) I'm curious about what's on your playlist.