Rim Banna

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Arranged and produced by Bugge Wesseltoft Throughout the "Arab Spring", Rim Banna, the best-known voice of Palestine, has seen how the music she has created over the last ten years has become part of the revolution's "soundtrack". She has toured and held concerts in several of the countries where artists have mobilized the masses to overthrow regimes and presidents, especially in Tunisia and Egypt, where she has had many performances. Now Rim has searched back into the Pan-Arabic cultural heritage and composed her own music for classical Arabic poetry, which through time and space reflects the revolutionary spirit that permeates the atmosphere of the audiences she meets on a daily basis. The result is a fantastic new album, "Revelation of Ecstasy and Rebellion" which was released on 14 January, the second anniversary of the "Arab Spring". A number of new musicians join Rim on her new album, including some Norwegians, including Eivind Aarseth, who plays guitars, as he has done on all the three preceding Rim Banna records, and Bugge Wesseltoft (piano, keyboards and programming), who has produced and arranged the album. He has put together a band that also includes Jihed Khmiri (percussion), Kays Zorrouk (oriental cello) and Mohamed Ben Salha (flute), from Tunis, and Ossama Bishara (kanoon) and Ramsis Kassis (oud) from Palestine. Indian-British Shrikant Shriram plays bass. The new production has for the most part been recorded and produced in Norway (by Martin Abrahamsen and Bugge Wesseltoft), but some of the songs were recorded in Nazareth in Palestine and in the Ennejma Ezzahra palace in Tunis. Tunisian rapper Mr Kaz is also featured on one of the tracks. The record has been funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and "Fond for Lyd og Bilde" (the Audio and Visual Fund). The poems on the album have been written by famous Sufi poets (Mansour Al Hallaj, Ibn Al Faredh, Rabeah Al Adawiyyah and Ibn Arabi) and more modern poets from the Arab world (Amara Omrani, Bader Shaker Al Sayyab, Mahmoud Darwish and Rashed Hussein). The producer is KKV, which has been releasing Rim Banna's records since 2003.
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1. The Absent One 00:07:04 1.80 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
2. The Hymn of The Rain 00:06:18 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
3. Supply Me With An Excess of Love 00:04:34 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
4. The Trace of The Butterfly 00:04:29 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
5. The Taste of Love 00:05:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
6. Don't Increase His Agony 00:05:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram | Mr. Kaz
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
7. Stranger In The Gulf 00:05:25 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
8. Astonished By You And Me 00:05:59 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Riedh Larousse | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
9. Two Kinds of Love 00:04:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
10. My Heart Tells Me 00:06:02 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
11. The Free Man 00:06:01 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Riedh Larousse | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted
12. The Sun of Love 00:05:23 1.50 USD
Main artist Rim Banna
Composer Rim Banna
Performers Eivind Aarseth | Bugge Wesseltoft | Ossama Bishara | Ramsis Kassis | Kays Zarrouk | Jihed Khmiri | Mohamed Ben Salha | Shirkant Shriram
Producers Erik Hillestad | Bugge Wesseltoft
Publishers Kirkelig Kulturverksted