Egyptian fusion artist Nadya Shanab released her new EP titled Habeit A'ollak yesterday, 13 April.
The four-track album is released by the independent Hamzet Wasl Records (HWR), managed by Shanab.
The EP includes the pop-soaked title track Elsekka Taweela, which infuses traditional Egyptian folk style melodies with modern and experimental elements, as well as tracks titled Bessalama and Do’.
Habeit A'ollak has entirely Arabic lyrics, bringing to the fore the Egyptian musical character while fusing the sounds of Mali, Morocco and Sudan.
Habeit A'ollak is Shanab's second official release with HWR and comes after a several year hiatus for both the label and the artist.
In 2019, Shanab re-released the album El-Mahrousa as a deluxe edition which featured 13 tracks.
El-Mahrousa was Shanab's debut album with 10 tracks, released back in 2010, also through HWR. The album was Shanab’s experimentation of different influences reflecting the musician’s personal journey as an individual constantly juggling elements of East and West, English and Arabic.
El-Mahrousa was made available in Egypt in 2012, when it was the number one best seller in Virgin Megastores for its debut month.