"Beyond These Doors / Get Up, Stand Up" brings together Egypt's Dina El Wedidi, singing one of her original songs, and Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook covering a Bob Marley and Peter Tosh classic.
Updating the refrains of well known peace songs from the U.S. charts, American and Arab artists sing multilingual duets. The project, about the eternal struggle for freedom, has given birth to "Songs from a Stolen Spring".
The album opens up with the Blind Boys of Alabama singing Richie Havens' classic "Freedom". The song seamlessly blends with "A New Beginning" - a song from Egypt's Eskenderella that comes from the protests in Tahrir Square.
The album features performances from every genre including Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, Soozie Tyrell (E Street Band), blockbuster film singer-songwriter Lisbeth Scott, American bluesman Terry Evans and Mighty Sam McClain, and singer-songwriter Maria McKee.
It will also serve as an introduction to western listeners to the music of Palestine's Rim Banna, Lebanon's Tania Saleh, Egypt's Dina El Wedidi, Massar Egbari, and Ramy Essam, and Tunisia's Lobna Noomene and Mounir Troudi.
The album is being released in the west by Valley Entertainment (www.valley-entertainment.com) and east by Kirkelig Kulturverksted (www.kkv.no).
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