I have finally got around to listening to the assorted Arabic CDs I picked up in Saudi Arabia a little while ago. To be honest most of them are not really my cup of tea, but here are a few of the more entertaining moments.
Pick of the bunch is possibly this track from Syrian singer Majd El Kasem. I can't tell you the name of the album, as apart from his name everything else is written only in Arabic, but the cover features him modelling a rather smart black jersey.
"Ya Janat Syria" - Majh El Kasem
Next we have some Saudi hip hop for you. The title apparently means "Arabic Dude", and it can be found on Nabeel Rojeh's self-titled album, released last year.
"Shab Araby" - Nabeel Rojeh
Mishal Al Arouj is, I think, from Kuwait. This comes from his 2010 album "M Style".
"Al Hareem" - Mishal Al Arouj
Next up is Mansour Al Mohanadi from Qatar. This track is from his 2006 album "Fi Zemmetak".
"Al Khaizran" - Mansour Al Mohanadi
Rounding things off we have Iraqi guitar god Saif Shaheen. His 2006 album "Yaretak" is the only one I am likely to listen to all the way through again. It is mostly pretty mellow - think Arabic-tinged Gary Moore. This track is completely atypical but very, very groovy.
"As'al Alihaa" - Saif Shaheen
Here is the video for that last one.