Al 'Azifoon (The Musicians) Al 'Azifoon performs classical and traditional Arabic music on traditional acoustic instruments.

Middle Eastern Classics

The Music of
Al 'Azifoon

Al 'Azifoon performs instrumental and vocal music from the following Arabic genres:
Raqs Sharqi, classical Arabic pieces, Muwashahat, folk songs, and popular songs


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Otherwise, please E-MAIL your performance song requests directly to Yosifah. You can use the Request Form as a reference for the recommended information to include.


Al 'Azifoon Song List:

NOTE: Click on the highlighted titles for sample recordings - Or visit our YouTube channel for video performances of many of these songs!


Akhod Habibi ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco with Ling Shien and Mark Bell of Helm
Our shortened arrangement of the classic Faiza Ahmed song.
Ah Ya Wad Ya Eskandarani ~ Al 'Azifoon rehearsal with Troupe Tangiers
Ah Ya Zein ~ Ah Ya Zein is an old folk piece that also sometimes recorded under alternative titles such as Muhobbet.
Video: Ah Ya Zein El Abedeen sung by Lebanese superstar Sabah.
Akhod Habibi ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco with Ling Shien and Mark Bell of Helm
Our shortened arrangement of the classic Faiza Ahmed song.
Ala Dela 'Ona ~ Lively traditional Lebanese Debke
Alf Leyla Wa Leyla ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
Instrumental introduction to the Om Koulthoum classic
Composed by Belig Hamdi
Video: Ahava dances to Alf Leyla Wa Leyla
Video: Zahara dances to Alf Leyla Wa Leyla
Video: Monica dances to Alf Leyla Wa Leyla at Rakkasah 2011
Ana Fi Intizarak ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco with Ling Shien and Mark Bell of Helm
Om Koulthoum classic
Composed by Zakariya Ahmad and Bayram al-Tunsi
Andah Alaek ~ Al 'Azifoon Home Studio Recording
Instrumental introduction to the Warda classic
Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab
'Asal ~ Al 'Azifoon enjoys performing with our friends in Helm Music.
Asal is a fun and lively original composition by E. Bell of Helm Music.
Available on Helm CD F'il Waha - At the Oasis.
Aziza ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at Halanda Studio Feb. 2013
From the 1955 film Aziza, starring Naima Akef
Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab
'Azara l 'Akhdar ~ This traditional Egyptian Fellahi is available on Helm's CD Tribal Spirit by Helm Music..
Batwannes Beek ~ Al 'Azifoon Live At El Morocco with Tim Bolling
Originally recorded byWarda.
Bint Al Shalabiya ~ Al 'Azifoon Home Demo Recording - for reference only!
Originally recorded by Fairuz
Bint Al Shalabiya is a traditional Lebanese and Palestinian folk song that is reputed to date back to 1901.
Rearranged by the Rahbani Brothers for Fairuz, it has since become known as one of her signature songs.
Video: Livi dances to Bint Al Shalibiya
Dayate Maali ~ This traditional Saidi Egyptian song made popular by Metkal Kenawi is great for Raqs al Assaya (cane dancing).
It is available on Helm's CD Spice Box by Helm Music..
Diqqi, Diqqi, Ya Rababa ~ Lebanese song by Samir Yazbek from around 1970.
Video: Diqqi, Diqqi, Ya Rababa sung by Samir Yazbek.
Duqq' Al Mazahar ~ Al 'Azifoon Home Studio Sample
Egyptian wedding song (Zaffa)
El Helwa Dee ~ Al 'Azifoon rehearsal with Ling Shien and Mark Bell of Helm
El Helwa Dee (This Pretty Lady) Composition and lyrics by Sheik Sayed Darwish (1892-1923) of Egypt.
Video: 'Live' at Rakkasah 2009 with Troupe Tangiers.
Video: Enjoy this wonderful clip of El Helwa Dee performed in the 1966 Egyptian movie about Sheik Sayed Darwish's life.
Fakkarouni ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco (with Cynthia Rutherford on tabla)
Instrumental introduction to the Om Koulthoum classic
Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab
Video: Cassandra dances to Fakkarouni
Video: Livi dances to Fakkarouni
Video: Natira dances to Fakkarouni
Gamil Gamal ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' with Ling Shien and Mark Bell of Helm
Farid Al-Atrache classic from the film Lahn AL-Kholood (Immortal Song)
Ghanilli Shwey Shwey ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at Rakkasah 2011
Video: Ahava dances to Ghannili Shwey Shwey at Rakkasah 2011
Originally Sung by Om Koulthoum in the 1944 film Sallama
Composed by Zakariya Ahmad
Habibi Ya Nour Al 'Ayn ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at Halanda Studio with Cynthia
Egyptian pop song by Amr Diab
Video: Najmes dances to Habibi Ya Nour Al Ayn
Hebbina ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
From the 1975 film Nagham Fi Hayati (Melody In My Life),
starring the composer Farid Al-Atrache
Video: 'Live' at Rakkasah 2009
Il Hawa Ghallab ~ This sassy original accordian baladi by E. Bell of Helm is available on Helm's CD Itneen by Helm Music.
Inciraf + Khlas ~ This traditional Algerian folk song is available on Helm's CD Spice Box by Helm Music.
Itmakhtari ~ Al 'Azifoon Home Studio Sample
Egyptian wedding song (Zaffa)
Jaddelee ~ This traditional Jordanian debke is available on Helm's newest CD Istanbul' Da by Helm Music.
Lamma Badda ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
Samai 10/8 Rhythm
Credited to Ziryab circa 800AD
Layla ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at a December 2012 party with Ling Shien, Mark and David of Helm
Khaleegi Rhythm from the Arab Gulf Region, originally composed and sung by Abdul Rab Idris.
Laylet Hob ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco (with Mark and Ling Shien of Helm)
Instrumental introduction to the Om Koulthoum classic
Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab in 1973
Video: Laylet Hob at Rakkasah 2012 with Rachel George and Mary Ellen Donald
Li Youm Lit Khamis ~ This traditional Moroccan wedding song is available on Helm's CD Spice Box by Helm Music.
Maleh u Filfil ~ This hypnotic original composition by E. Bell of Helm is perfect for sword dancing (Raqs al Assayf)
It is available on Helm's CD IItneen by Helm Music.
Mon Amie La Rose ~ Al 'Azifoon Home Demo Recording (NEW ARRANGEMENT) - for reference only!
Traditional French poem set to music and made popular by Francoise Hardy in 1964.
We learned it from our friends in Helm and play it as a slow hypnotic Waheda rhythm.
English translation.
Nassam Alayn el-Hawa ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
Sung by Fairuz in the 1967 film Bint Al Hariss
Composed by the Rahbani Brothers
Video: Jennifer dances to Nassam Alayn el-Hawa, Qanun Taqsim, Drum Solo
Rakkasah West Festival, Richmond, CA on March 12, 2011
Path to Freedom ~ Our dear friends in the band Helm taught us this lively Algerian folk piece.
It will soon be available from Helm CD Helm's Recording Music Shop.
Qadduk Al'Mayyas ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco with Ling Shien and Mark Bell of Helm
Syrian song by Sabah Fahkri
Raqs Leyla ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
Also known as "Layla" - We refer to it as "Raqs Leyla" because we also perform a Khaligi song called "Layla."
This fun, short dance piece was composed by Farid Al Atrache.
It appeared in at least two Egyptian movies - "Ayza Atgawwez" (I want to get married) (1952) and also
"Al Badaweya al Ashiqa" (Bedouin in Love) (1963), with musicians performing for a Raqs Sharqi dancer.
Video: Liviah dances to Raqs Leyla, Oud Taqsim, Drum Solo at Rakkasah West 2011
Raqset Bint al 'Arab ~ This traditional Jordanian Raqs Sharqi piece is available on Helm's newest CD Istanbul' Da by Helm Music.
Salaam Aley (Lamma Qabaani) ~ Al 'Azifoon rehearsal with Troupe Tangiers
This song was composed by Baligh Hamdi although most people believe that is a traditional Egyptian Saidi folk song
Video: Salam Aley sung by Egyptian singer Layla Murad
Samra Ya Samra ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
Originally written and recorded by Karim Mahmoud
Video: Sahar dances to Samra Ya Samra 1/4/09
Video: Sahar dances to Samra Ya Samra 2/1/09
Shamulu ~ This traditional Moroccan Muwashshah is available on Helm's CD Spice Box by Helm Music.
Skaba Ya Dmou3 El Eini ~ Al 'Azifoon Home Demo Recording - for reference only! (There's a video, too!)
Syrian folk song
Video: Skaba sung by Syrian superstar Sabah Fakhri
Taht El Shibbak ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
A classic Egyptian song, Taht el-Shibbak ("Under the Window") is in the baladi style with many recorded versions in existence.
Video: Taht Al Shibbak from 1946 movie Lehbet el Set with dancing by Taheyya Carioca
Video: 'Live' at Rakkasah 2009 with Troupe Tangiers
Video: 'Live' at El Morocco 2011 with Sherifa Al Bakkar
Tamr Henna ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
From the 1957 film Tamr Henna with Naima Akef
Composed by Daoud Hosni
Video: 'Live' at Rakkasah 2009 with Khalilah
Tfarrag Al Halawa ~ Original version by Metkal Kenawi
Video: 'Live' at Rakkasah 2009 with Troupe Tangiers
Waqt il Asil ~ This beautiful original Samaii composition by E. Bell of Helm Music is available on the Helm CD F'il Waha - At the Oasis.
Ya Habibi Ya Eini ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco (with Mark and Ling Shien of Helm)
Lebanese classic song from the 80's
made popular by Maya Yazbeck with her brother Bassem on tabla!
Ya Ra'i (Debke) ~ This traditional Palestinian debke is available on Helm's newest CD Istanbul' Da by Helm Music..
Ya Shadil Al Han ~ For reference use only, this is a rehearsal recording of Al 'Azifoon with Mark and Ling Shien of Helm.
Ya Shadil Al Han is a century-old Said Darwish song, in the Muwashahat style.
Click here for transliteration and translation of the lyrics.
A lovely studio quality recording of Ya Shadil Al Han is available on Helm's CD Spice Box by Helm Music.
Ah Ya Wad Ya Eskandarani ~ Al 'Azifoon rehearsal with Troupe Tangiers
Zaffa Medley:
- Itmakhtari
- Duqq' Al Mazahar
~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at an outdoor wedding, June 2008
Medley of Egyptian wedding songs
The bride for this wedding requested that her Zaffa start
at a "dignified and stately tempo with no zhagreets"
and then pick up in tempo as the Zaffa procession continued.
This recording was taken from a handheld video camera.
We have included it for reference use only.
Zay El Hawa ~ Live at El Morocco with Mark and Ling Shien of Helm
Originally recorded by Abdel Halim Hafez.
Video: 'Live' at El Morocco 2011 with Anna
Zeina ~ Al 'Azifoon 'live' at El Morocco
From the film Zanouba, starring Samia Gamal
Thanks to Sausan for sending us the film!
Composed by Mohammed Abdel Wahab

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Taqsim and Rhythm examples:

Qanun Taqsim Maqam Hijaz Nawa by Yosifah Rose, with Chiftetelli backing by Nathan, Paul, and Tim Bolling
Live at El Morocco on October 7, 2012
Qanun Taqsim by Yosifah Rose, with Chiftetelli backing by the guys, Live at El Morocco
Oud Taqsim by Nathan, with Masmoudi backing, Live at El Morocco
Oud Taqsim by Nathan, with Bolero backing, Live at El Morocco

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Nathan has some more examples of his oud taqsims, recorded at the 2006 Belly Dance Fantasy Festival, on his Eastern Strings site.
(Go to the Recordings page and click the Al 'Azifoon link.)



Al'Azifoon is honored to perform El Zaffa Processions for weddings through out the greater Bay Area!
Al 'Azifoon  performing a Zaffa Wedding Procession for a wedding celebration in June 2010 in Oakland, CA.  Al 'Azifoon members Nathan Craver and Yosifah Rose joined forces with Mark Bell of Helm for this particular booking.  Learn more about Mark Bell and his band Helm at http://www.helmmusic.com/mark-bell.htm)

Photo of Al 'Azifoon performing a Zaffa Wedding Procession for an outdoor wedding celebration in June 2010
on the rooftop garden at the Kaiser Center in Oakland, CA.
(Al 'Azifoon members Nathan Craver and Yosifah Rose performed with Mark Bell of Helm for this particular event.
Visit Mark Bell's band Helm at http://www.helmmusic.com)

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Insha'Allah, we continue to add music to our repertoire, so please check this page regularly for updated listings!
Also, we sometimes add updated live sound files from our live performances,
so you can hear our live versions of these classic songs!

What are your favorite Classical Arabic songs?
Please contact us to suggest additional material to add to our playlist!
Please email us your suggestions and feedback!

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Al 'Azifoon at El Morocco, with host Fadil Shahin, February 2009:

Al 'Azifoon at El Morocco, with host Fadil Shahin, February 2009



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