Exclusively Streaming on 6 Arabic Radio Channels and already Skyrocketing Online
Mostakell Releases Halawella for Preorders before the Official Release
Mostakell has announced that Halawella is now available for preorders through iTunes and Amazon before the official release on 17th of September. The music label also struck agreements with Arabic radio stations and websites to play several of the songs of the new album; its release sponsored by Al-Akhbar & Assafir Lebanese Newspapers Halawella is a new album featuring the cooperation between the Egyptian independent artist Maryam Saleh and the Lebanese composer Zeid Hamdan.
According to the agreement between Mostakell and 6 Arabic radio channels, music fans will be able to listen exclusively to the album before its official release through Jordanian Radio Albalad 92.4 FM, Lebanese Radio Orient 94.3 FM and Sawt El Shaab 103.7 FM and the online streaming on Sound of Sakia, Radio Arddi and Teshweesh. The album can be preordered from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/halawella/id1018262815 or through Amazon http://amazon.com/dp/B00WT5K98C/ref=cm_sw_su_dp. Halawella will also be available exclusively to Anghami app subscribers on Thursday, the 10th of September.
Filfan.com will stream Ghaba exclusively on Friday, 11September and Cairoscene users will have the chance to listen to the full album for two days starting Tuesday, the 15th of September and alyric video of Youyou will be posted on the same date of the official release. The song titled Halawella will be available for free download to Mostakell profile followers on Bey2ollak mobile application.
In addition to that, Mostakell will be releasing free album designsalong with The Weekend weekly magazine, and will offer a costumed t-shirts collection based on the album's lyrics that can be ordered through the Mostakell website, with cash payment available in Egypt & delivery worldwide http://mostakell.com/collections/halawella
The new album, Halawella, comprises 10 songs; half of which are inspired by the oeuvre of the salient duo Sheikh Imam and Ahmed Fouad Negm as Maryam used to sing. The new album will include remixes of these songs by Zeid, in addition to some of Maryam's songs.
Halawella, is the fruitful result of Maryam and Zeid's successful tours since 2010 in Cairo, Beirut, and Tunisia, in addition to their international tours in London, Rome, Amsterdam, and others where Zeid Hamdan's remixes are very well-received.
Mariam Saleh is a unique and charismatic underground music icon. She was greatly inflected by psychedelic music and Sayyed Darwish songs, as well as Sheikh Imam who was a close friend of her father and whom she still considers to be a personal inspiration. Her career began at childhood by working wither her father Saleh Saad in the Seradek theater group. In 2002, she formed the Passport cover band which perfomed Sheikh Imam and Sayed Darwish songs. In 2007, she joined Barka band which also covered Sheikh Imam songs, in addition to songs by Ahmed Fouad Negm, Abdelrahman Mansour, Naguib Sorour, and many young poets. Mariam released her debut album in 2012 titled "Ana Mesh Baghany" (orisuced by Iqa'a in 2012) which garnered a lot of attention by swerving from the usual musical mold. Mariam created an independent and unique performance space for herself which is easily distinguished from the prevailing norms.
Zeid Hamdan is a well-known Lebanese composer and producer in the alternative music scene since the 90's. He was dubbed "the godfather of Lebanese underground music" due to his continuous support of Lebanese and Arab bands mixing between diverse types of Arab and international music, such as Kazamada, Zeid and the Wings, Katibeh 5, the New Government, and Soap Kills; a band which originally was formed in 1997 and became a pioneering indie band in the Arab world. By collaborating with them, Zeid mixed electronic music with classic Arabic music, in addition to singing along with the band member Yasmine Hamdan, whose stardom was catapulted after joining the band. CNN network selected Zeid Hamdan as one of the 8 most influential figures in Lebanese culture.