Palestinian songs collected by Reem Kelani

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COMPOSERS: Palestinian songs collected by Reem Kelani
LABELS: Fuse Records
ALBUM TITLE: Sprinting Gazelle
WORKS: Sprinting Gazelle
PERFORMER: Reem Kelani
Sprinting gazelle is full of rage and sadness, nostalgia and hope. Through Palestinian songs, collected in Nazareth and in the Diaspora, singer Reem Kelani seeks to preserve her heritage with the aid of local musicians plus a jazz combo. Her timbre is exceptionally firm, making her occasional forays into melisma all the more effective: she can sound irresistibly seductive, but her default mode is a sacramental seriousness. A lovely stillness pervades this album, whose illuminating English-Arabic liner notes are a work of art in themselves.


Michael Church.