Habibi Funk is the truth. The Berlin-based label is doing the most, revealing seldom heard sides of music from the Arab world with this stunning compilation. Western ears generally have a preconceived notion of what Arabic music sounds like, and Habibi Funk pretty much blows that out of the water. Egyptian organ funk, Libyan reggae, Moroccan disco and Algerian soundtrack music are just some of the styles brought to the surface here. Label head Jannis Stuertz digs deeper than your average to deliver an incredibly eclectic compilation that will surprise even the most jaded collector. Features tracks from Najib Al Housh, Munir Khauli, Ahmed Malek, Ibrahim Hesnawi, Douaa, Magdy El Hussainy, and a gang of other artists that you haven't heard of. Each track is officially licensed and the included 12 page booklet reveals even more about each track via detailed liner notes. Recommended.
- black double vinyl pressing
- includes 5 previously unreleased tracks
- 12 page booklet w/ extensive liner notes
- digital download included
- music label: Habibi Funk Records 2021
reviewed by Al Pastor 02/2018