) is an Iranian-born singer based in Saudia Arabia whose vocal harmonies and viral videos have become big hits online.
Much of his music is sung in Arabic, and he has a big fanbase in the mideast, but that hasn't stopped audiences around the world from swaying and bobbing to his sweet beats. Above, "Wel Loom Ramani," one of the tracks on the new, downloadable, pay-what-you-want-or-don't-pay-anything-if-you-can't album "Ya Bay," from his band Hayajan.
Download from iTunes, Download for free,
Download lyrics booklet.
You can subscribe to his YouTube channel here; it's full of new good stuff regularly.
Boing Boing reader Alexander Ringis in Australia, who first turned me on to this artist, emails about the new album,
The thing that I find most pleasing is that having gained internet notoriety through his little "one man band" clips, he's now collaborated with a number of other artists to produce his debut album, and also - in honour of the people who made him "notorious", he's offering their debut album for FREE if you want it, or "Pay what you want", or "Buy it on iTunes". A very mature choice and a very very 2013 way to promote your album recording, imho. I myself have listened to most of the tracks on the Album, and have decided to give them 40$AU, because I feel rewarded for following Alaa for that long and to have seen him produce something of this quality.
I've listened to a lot of the tracks on the album, and I like many of them (some more than others), but one which really blew me away was only what I can describe as "Middle Eastern Shoegazer", it's like they took "Yo La Tengo", "My Bloody Valentine", and blended it with some Middle Eastern music, with a small touch of Steve Vai or Joe Satriani. Whatever it is, Alaa's voice is gorgeous as always, and It's very very pleasant.
Totally. I think I even heard a little bit of Cranberries in that track above! I will be downloading and donating.
The official video for Nobody Speak, by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels, was directed by Sam Pilling and stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey as very NSFW diplomats on a tear. The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the […]
You’ve probably seen a few profile pics processed with the Prisma app. Now you can watch Drive like Maria’s new music video, the first created entirely with the app.
All Are One by Sophe Lux & The Mystic In these times where the sanity of the human race is called into question on a daily basis, I still believe in our intrinsic goodness and humanity.
These days, the vape market is saturated with low-quality products, making it nearly impossible to separate the gems from the duds. The Atmos Rx Dry Herb Vaporizer stands out from crowd for two reasons: its impressive battery life and durable construction. This high-end little gadget is compact enough to fit in your pocket, and packs a powerful punch, […]
If you’re like us, you occasionally get ambitious with your dinner and try to cook multiple sides plus a main dish. These efforts usually end as a cold meal plus a pile of dishes to wash. MasterPan Multi-Sectional Meal Skillet makes it super easy to make multiple dishes at once without the hassle. This heavy gauge bottom pan […]
The Lytro Illum is our all-time best-selling camera and here’s our best deal yet. Apply the code “Lytro10” to save an extra 10% off on this camera’s mind-blowing functionality in this exclusive one day only sale.