ALBUM REVIEW: WARDA (EGYPT/LEBANON/ALGERIA)
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By: Paul Harding
Not much Middle Eastern popular music gets released in the states, but when it does, it often makes a refreshing treat. The new album by Arabic star Warda is no exception. Her popularity has been understandably expanding for over 30 years, especially in Egypt.

Warda grew up in Paris above her father's Arabic night club, sneaking downstairs to listen to the bands and singing to herself. At the age of eleven she was discovered and put on French radio. Later she lived and performed in Lebanon, Egypt and eventually back to her father's home of Algeria.

Warda's self titled release is a collection of some of her works from the first half of the nineties. Her passionate vocals work as perfectly with the soaring orchestral strings as they do with upbeat synthesized accompaniment, between which the album carries a delicate balance. Known as "The Rose of Algeria," Warda at the same time coaxes emotions with her voice and compels physical response with her Arabic dance rhythms.


By: Tim Sheridan
You may well have heard Warda (born Warda Al Jazairia) as background noise in some Middle-Eastern restaurant and not thought twice. But a closer listen to this heady mix of Eastern rhythms and Western contemporary pop just might put your head in a spin.

Warda's sultry voice is set against a background of lush strings, finger cymbals and assorted exotica. All the tunes here run an average of eight minutes, but if you decide to explore something a little different, you may just thank yourself.

By: A music fan from Minneapolis, Minnesota

The music on this CD is beautifully orchestrated and is completely capitvating. The quality of the recording is excellent and sounds great even on a portable CD player. With energetic and upbeat tempos, it makes a great music companion for working out, rehearsing and/or performing. This CD is a definite "must have" for any belly dancer.

By: WardaRules@go.com from the United States

This cd is really good. It has a nice eastern beat to it. I have to admit that one of her songs sounds a bit weird, but Nar El Gheira is by far the best song on the cd. It is very up-beat and it makes you want to dance all day long.

By: : A music fan from Canada

Warda has a Great voice but the music is so poor.

By: : A music fan from SHIRLEY MA

THIS IS A GOOD CD. WARDA IS UP BEAT.THERE ARE A COUPLE OF REALLY GOOD SONGS,I FIND IT HARD TO KEEP STILL WHEN I HERE THEM.THERE IS NOT ALOT OF WAILING.SHE HAS SOFTEND HER VOICE TO BLEND PERFECT WITH THE MUSIC.

By: : A music fan from Baile Nua na hArda, Ireland

This is totally amazing - although i was initially daunted by the 14 minute long songs, I soon settled into their sweeping, melodramatic and slightly mesmerising structures and found myself under the spell of Warda's alluring voice. This is a very accessible way into non-Raï Arab music and is very dancable. The underlying beat of songs like Hobak Wesl Madah and Ya Saeedy is infectuous and combines really well with the string section. Warda, or, the Rose of Algeria, has a more Mediterranean sound to the other greats of the Cairo circuit and this funky intro is perfect for the, as yet, uninitiated.
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