Label: Elef. Records - none • Format: CD Album • Country: Middle East • Genre: Folk, World, & Country •
Farid and Rami Chehadewho perform professionally as the Chehade Brothersare Palestinian-Lebanese musicians and singers. Natives of the Old City of JerusalemFarid born in and Rami born in Chehade started studying music at a very young age and have come to master the oriental musical and poetical art forms of zajalghazalhija'a and taqsim.
Their professional career as The Chehade Brothers was launched by multifaceted artist and producer Michel Elefteriades. While Rami is the singer in the band, both brothers demonstrate virtuosity in playing Iron Man - Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Blitz known Arabic musical instruments, ranging from melodic instruments like oudbuzuqkanunkamanja and ney to rhythmic instruments like tablakatem and riq.
Until the late s, Farid and Rami Chehade had performed in numerous concerts in a number of Arab countries and in some international festivals representing Middle Eastern music around the world.
Yet, the two brothers were dreaming of a career well beyond the patriotic and revolutionary scene or the circuit of cultural festivals where they merely performed folkloric Palestinian songs; they One Mint Julep - The Ventures - Walk, Dont Run Vol.
2 to make their mark on " popular music " in its broadest sense, taking into consideration all the implications that this may carry.
Therefore, they headed to BeirutLebanonwhere they joined the newly established Oriental Roots Orchestra, an oriental-fashion " big band " formed by Michel Elefteriades with the goal of grouping most outstanding musicians from the Arab world. This collaboration has enriched their compositions with various ethnic influences, making their musical style evolve towards World music fusionwhile keeping clearly Middle Eastern roots; a style promoted as belonging to "Nowheristani" music.
Their collaboration with Michel Elefteriades has also yielded the Chehade Brothers' first album. Composed by the two brothers and arranged by Elefteriades, the Darawish [We Are Not Rich] - The Chehade Brothers - A Bridge Over The Mediterranean captures the time-honored Tarab mood.
They were helped by poet Elia Azar who contributed to the album a set of poetic lyrics that only the talent of the brothers, coupled with Elefteriades' mastery of World Music fusion, could turn into such subtle music, best known in the eastern notion as "inaccessible simplicity".
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