A couple of days ago a friend sent me a link via FB to a Dutch group who had covered Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit.
That was so cool that it started me on a search for who had recorded that amazing version for the movie American Hustle.
And that's when I found Mayssa Karaa, young lady of the awesome amazing voice.
So I just felt I had to do a piece on her so I could listen to her whenever.
Mayssa Karaa (born 1989, Lebanon) is a singer from Beirut. Currently based in Boston, Massachusetts, while attending Berklee College of Music she toured with Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito, and later collaborated and toured with Arabic musician Simon Shaheen. She has also toured with the Berklee World Strings Orchestra. In 2013 she was the featured vocalist on the Arabic version of "White Rabbit" on the American Hustle Soundtrack. Karaa was awarded the National Cultural Award of Lebanon for the song at the American Hustle premier in Beirut, and as of 2014 she is working on her debut solo album. [Wikipedia]
Mayssa’s manager, Dawn Elder says, “Mayssa has the capability to cross over like no other artist before her. The unique colors, tones, and grittiness in her voice, and her versatility in both English, Arabic, not to mention Persian, Italian and French, is unprecedented. Her passion for rock music and desire to bring an organic fusion with Middle Eastern music to her songs is both refreshing and exciting.”First up check out her MasterPeace message.
September 21st,2014 at the Ziggo Dome of Amsterdam, it will be broadcast around the world via the web and TV networks.
Watch out for it.
MasterPeace in Concert
Here's a very cool piece by the Persian composer Hafez Nazeri, it is from the Rumi Symphony Project, which is Hafez’s most passionate and ambitious undertaking to date,
Rumi (30 September 1207 – 17 December 1273), was a 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders.
Needless to say the voice of Mayssa, as ever, is impeccable.
The Passion of Rumi
The Passion of Rumi by Hafez Nazeri performed by Mayssa Karaa, vocalist, with Berklee World Strings directed by Eugene Friesen, Berklee Performance Center, Boston, Massachusetts, November 13, 2012.
Featured instrumental soloists: Naseem Alatrash - cello, Layth Othman Al Rubaye - violin.
In complete contrast check out this beautiful Adele cover.
No video, photo by Ramzi Rayess.
Someone like you
From my favorite opera - Bizet's Carmen this beautiful aria beautifully sung.
Habanera, is the popular name for "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Love is a rebellious bird) the entrance aria for the character Carmen.
In honor of his new album and the impending 80th birthday of Leonard Cohen I'm happy to include thus wonderful version of one of his most recorded classics.
It's a pity it's very short,
Talking of great singer-songwriters, Mayssa's cover of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel's classic is one of the best I've heard.
Prepare for goose bumps.
Dans Le Port d'Amsterdam
Well this is the song that got us here, this is a slightly different version from the movie sound track.
As one would expect. Truly beautiful.