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Various - Khat Thaleth, Third Line

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Khat Thaleth, Third Line by Various

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Press release

“Khat Thaleth, Third Line: Initiative For The Elevation Of Public Awareness” – to give it it’s complete title -  is a comprehensive 23 track compilation that covers a wide spectrum of a new wave of Middle Eastern conscious rap, and features artists from diverse scenes active in Palestine, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. “Khat Thaleth” refers to a third train rail or track, a metaphor for a third way of looking at the polarized political context in the region, as well as a reference to the "Hijaz" railroad that used to connect much of the Arab world. Artists team-up, in most cases from different regions and countries, to deliver critical blows to the various political systems in place, and offer sharp social commentary as well as sober realities currently being faced on the ground.

The immense relevance of the unprecedented ‘Khat Thaleth’ compilation in the Middle East is not only limited to the politically charged content of the verses (full English translations of the lyrics are available online). Artistically, the album also provides us with a glimpse into the avant-garde of some of the most musically adventurous artists and producers in current Arab rap, who smoothly mix their lessons learned from American golden age rap luminaries with their very own folk traditions creating a completely new school of lyricism and production. Limited pressing vinyl version contains seven tracks plus corresponding instrumentals.

Tracks:

CD

01. Touffar – ‘Min Al Awal / From The Beginning’   02. Zeinedin & Narcicyst – ‘Sharq Awsat Jdeed / New Middle East’   03. Rami GB – ‘Soura / Picture’   04. Yaseen – ‘Il Haal / The Situation’   05. LaTlateh – ‘Baladi / Countrystyle’   06. El Far3i – ‘Harra / The Street’   07. El Rass & Hamorabi – ‘Souret Sourya / Chapter Of Syria’   08. Armada Bizerta – ‘Salam / Peace’   09. Abdullah Miniawy – ‘Toyour Tha Ira / Revolutionary Birds’    10. Maqdesi – ‘Aleh / Parasite’   11. Bu Kulthoum & Zeinedin – ‘Ezaz Mathoun / Ground Glass’   12. Al Haqq – ‘Dam Ou Zeytoun / Blood And Olives’  13. El Rass – ‘Oumat El Zulum / Nation Of Injustice’   14. Tamer Naffar & Al Sayyed Darwish – ‘Kursi E Tiraf / Interrogation Chair’   15. Touffar – ‘Ya Haif / Oh Shameful’   16. Al Sayyed Darwish & El Rass – ‘Ya Deeb / Oh Wolf’   17. Armada Bizerta – ‘Taht El Soor / Under The Rampart’   18. LaTlateh – ‘Boov / Boov’   19. Asifeh – ‘Ramadi / Gray’   20. El Rass – ‘Foosh / Float’   21. Mohamad Antar – ‘Ana El Shab / I Am The People’   22. Al Haqq – ‘Rad Al Shab / The Peoples Response’   23. El Far3i & El Rass – ‘Janna Janna / Heaven Heaven’

LP

A1. Al Sayyed Darwish & El Rass – ‘Ya Deeb / Oh Wolf’   A2. LaTlateh – ‘Boov / Boov’   A3. Armada Bizerta – ‘Taht El Soor / Under The Rampart’   A4. El Far3i & El Rass – ‘Janna Janna / Heaven Heaven’   A5. Rami GB – ‘Soura / Picture’   A6. Al Haqq – ‘Rad Al Shab / The Peoples Response’   A7. El Rass – ‘Foosh / Float’   B1. Al Sayyed Darwish & El Rass – ‘Ya Deeb / Oh Wolf’ (Instrumental)   B2. LaTlateh – ‘Boov / Boov’ (Instrumental)   B3. Armada Bizerta – ‘Taht El Soor / Under The Rampart’ (Instrumental)   B4. El Far3i & El Rass – ‘Janna Janna / Heaven Heaven’ (Instrumental)   B5. Rami GB – ‘Soura / Picture’   (Instrumental)   B6. Al Haqq – ‘Rad Al Shab / The Peoples Response’ (Instrumental)   B7. El Rass – ‘Foosh / Float’ (Instrumental)

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