Adding to the Christmas spirit as per its annual tradition, Egypt’s popular English-language radio station Nile FM has released its take on Brenda Lee's 1958 song Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.
Sung by Nile FM presenters, the famed Christmas tune was aired by the station and its video released on the station's YouTube channel last week.
In previous years the station released its take on a variety of Christmas songs, such as Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas (aired by Nile FM in 2014), Wham’s Last Christmas (2015) and Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (2016).
The Nile FM team always adds its own touch to Christmas songs. However in their first two recordings -- All I Want For Christmas and Last Christmas -- the songs were but a sheer festive outburst, rather than a musically correct rendition of the best known songs. This practice has brought the station mixed reviews from listeners.
The 2016 rendition of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town has significantly improved in musical delivery, while this year's Rockin Around The Christmas Tree is an honestly performed Christmas tune.
Despite a number of musical glitches, to be expected of the amateur singers, the whole team exerted real effort to balance the participating voices and to present the authentic associated with Christmas.
Undeniably, it is Sally Sampson, a singer herself, who stands out with her strong vocals. Together with Mark Somers, Sampson has been hosting the Nile FM's morning radio show for over four years now.
Established in 2003, Nile FM 104.2 is an Egyptian English-language radio station operating under the Nile Radio Productions (NRP), focusing on international music chart toppers.
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