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Last updated: 9 March, 2015

Habibi funk: Listen to this rare vinyl mix of incredible Arab songs from the 60s/70s

A man called Jannis, of the German label Jakarta Records, has collected these awesome tunes for you to enjoy.

“I got to travel a lot in North Africa in the last years through touring with Blitz the Ambassador,” Jannis writes on his Soundcloud page, “and the studio session with Oddisee for Sawtuha in Tunisia. While being there, I did some digging and found some incredible music from the ’60s and ’70s. Some of the music in this mix has zero info on the Net, was never sold on eBay, and has not been ‘rediscovered’ yet. Others are somewhat classics in the field of ‘Arabic groove.’ The music in this mix comes from Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, and Syria.”

Here’s part 1 of the mixtape (part 2 embedded above):

And a tracklist:

01. Assa’d Khoury – Al Gaba
02. Sabah – Dek El Kaff
03. Karim Shourhy & Andrea Rayder – Take Me Back To Cairo
04. Feddoul – (Reprise de Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag)
05. Ziad Rahbani – Intro Instrumental 2
06. Sharifa Fadel – Mawal El Ashak
07. Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band – Egypt Strut
08. Golden Hands – Take Me Back 
09. Elias Rahbani & His Orchestra – Moonlight Melody
10. Mahmoud Megri – Tefham
11. Elias Rahbani – Dance of Maria 
12. Abdou El Omari – Rajaat Laayoun