Tuyo of Rodrigo Amarante Performed on shami Oud by Zeryab (Ali khalife) – عود صنع زرياب
Abwab El-Salam of Wadih El-Safi – Cover by Wassim Njeim
The title of this song translates “The gates of peace”. It’s a song about yearning for peace, composed and performed by the late Lebanese singer Wadih El-Safi. It pretty much describes the situation that some countries in the Middle East have been in for so many years. Translation: My homeland is suffering, pity. It has had enough. We’ve had enough of tragedies, promises and talks. Pupils at school, the churches bells, the soldier and the knight, and the sound of the mosque prayers All are praying for peace to come. My father told me a story about his old dream He said the relief is coming soon from God And now I am the age of my father Oh poor me, I still have hope inside me I live in the dreams And my life is still waiting at the gates of peace. WASSIMUSIC www.wassim.net
Blackbird of The Beatles on Oud – Oud Cover
Experimenting with Blackbird of Paul McCartney (credited Lennon-McCartney) on Oud, with the help of my daughter. The idea of this experiment was to try and adapt most of the guitar chords on the Oud.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Cover)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer performed by my daughter. Oud by myself (on Godin Oud made in Québec). Beat and accompaniments by my son.
This is our cover in Rock for Children’s Christmas Song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Asturias (Leyenda) on Oud
Asturias (Leyenda) of Isaac Albéniz on Oud by Wassim Njeim.
Asturias is a very famous flamenco piece which was originally composed for Piano then later transcribed for Guitar.
Here I play it based on Farid El Atrache’s version on Oud. Farid, who himself was and still is a source of inspiration for many Oud players, adapted Asturias to the Oud and made it famous in the Arab world back in the 50’s.