14 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

IbbNash ,

Finding Home Within

I started listening to A-WA after they released their first album. Their collaborations, live performances and singles were on-point especially for the Yemeni community within and outside of Yemen. I didn’t think they could overperform that -- and boy was I wrong. Bayti fi Rasi is a journey of both self and homeland discovery in the everlasting search of who one is. The themes they tap into are incredibly thick and nuanced. The music is as catchy as ever and invoke a paradoxical feeling of both celebration and mourning. While some lyrics don’t flow and sound totally natural (since I am assuming they are relying on non-native speakers of Yemeni dialect for translation), I sincerely appreciate all the intention and hard work to creatively and authentically represent the beautiful culture of Yemen. I’ve never connected with an album ever as much as I connected with Bayti fi Rasi - big melodically and personally. Some of the highlights are Bent al Shaykh, Malhuga, Shamaa and, of course, Bayti fi Rasi. I absolutely loved Mudbira and Ya Watni but at certain parts the vocals are overpowered by the electronic sounds and instrumental arrangements. And so, I would personally love to see acoustic versions of those two songs. Needless to say, I am beyond excited to hear remixes of all the other songs and the HQ live performances that will follow. Strongly recommended album and I hope what follows from A-WA will maintain the same level of spirit and depth. Beyond grateful to see Yemen represented through the lenses of this incredibly talented band. Bravo!

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