Huda Asfour, Maurice Louca among musicians working on new album Mophradat Songs for Kids, Vol. 1: Affratta

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Dec 2021

Huda Asfour, Rehab Hazgui, Maurice Louca, Aya Metwalli, Sam Shalabi, and Aalam Wassef are wrapping up a new album for children, Mophradat Songs for Kids, Vol. 1: Affratta, set for release on 28 January 2022.

Huda Asfour

Supported by Mophradat, a platform that creates opportunities for artists from the Arab world, Songs for Kids also brings together children’s writers Ahlam Bsharat, Hadil Ghoniem and Yosra Sultan.

As described on the Mophradat's website, the album, which will see its worldwide release on 28 January 2022, "is a project that looks to find ways for children to be offered joyful, nature-loving, non-patriarchal, imaginative, and evocative music that encourages them to be kind, curious, adventurous, and loving.”

The website also adds, “music and songs are one way children learn, express emotions, hear and tell stories and get to know their bodies, yet the Arab world has very limited offerings of musical productions for children."

The first volume of this endeavor consists of six tracks for children ages four to six.

Mophradat have already released one track from the album, titled Kalbi Baladi (My Baladi Dog). The song is based on the text by Hadil Ghoneim which sheds light on a playful one-eyed rescue dog, belonging to the ubiquitous Egyptian Baladi breed, to an off-kilter Arabic pop composition. Kalbi Baladi features Aya Metwalli’s vocals against a backdrop of rhythmic swirl and psychedelia-imbued arrangements. Listen to Kalbi Baladi here.

The six tracks of Mophradat Songs for Kids, Vol. 1, include: Kalbi Baladi, Girani, Elteneen, Affratta, Beit Teta and Sha7rour.

The album is mixed by Radwan Ghazi and mastered by Katie Tavini. Artwork is by visual artist Jumana Emil Abboud and designer Joud Toamah.


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