Behind the long album title lies more a concept than just an ordinary collection of music tracks. You see, Habibi Funk is actually a record label located in Berlin, Germany that concentrates on presenting modern music from the Arab world to a wider world audience.
And while that number 015 represents the latest release, there are actually three more, but that is beside the point. Actually, besides the two parts of this ‘eclectic selection,’ there is another mix of modern music sounds from the Arab world that actually precedes the ‘official’ series.
Still, as the label owners note themselves, this compilation here “is not meant as a historical reflection of popular music of the “Arab world.” It is a very personal selection of songs we grew to like at Habibi Funk. It is music that historically never existed as a unified musical genre. We think it’s important to make this distinction and to have the listener understand that the majority of the music on this compilation does not come from the highly famous names of the musical spectrum of North Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the final body compiled for this record consists of some – at least for us – nichey pearls and often overlooked artists.”
And this introduction perfectly explains perfectly what is included here, some true musical gems that were probably neglected in the country where they originated from, with some exceptional tracks by Fadoul, Sal Davis or Tony Benn Feghaly, picked out as personal favorites.
Yet, it is no understatement that the selection on this ‘Part 2’ is practically impeccable, with not a single one of these gems is to be missed. No wonder that the vinyl edition is sold out at the moment.