1/ Pour Matoub (Cheb I Sabbah) 6.21 DJ Cheb I Sabbah 2/ Amorphous (Laswell) 8.18 Bill Laswell 3/ Bouhala (Universal) 6.10 Universal 4/ Hayati (Wobble,Badar,TOS) 5.19 Jah Wobble and Temple of Sound 5/ Voices From the Sky (Meta Mix) (Mesinai) 4.35 Badawi 6/ Hann El Amar (Traditional) 4.32 Micheline Abdel Karim and Amer Ghandour 7/ Whirling (Tekbilek) 10.41 Omar Faruk Tekbelik 8/ Theme and Variations (Shaheen) 7.41 Simon Shaheen 9/ Ancient Evenings (Majm-al-Din) (Laswell) 7.45 Divination Track 1 recorded at Nasik Studios, Berkeley, CA by Baba Larry Ji Track 2 recorded at Orange Music Sound Studios, New Jersey by Robert Musso Track 8 recorded at Sorceror Sound, New York City Track 9 recorded at Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, New York Assistant engineer on track 2: James Dellatacoma Track 4 mixed by Cai Murphy All tracks produced by the composer unless noted Track 4 produced by Jah Wobble and Temple of Sound Track 8 produced by Simon Shaheen and Bill Laswell(1) DJ Cheb i Sabbah: all sounds; (2) Bill Laswell: bass, keyboard; Abu Alouf: sample; Sussan Deyhim: voice; Zakir Hussain: tabla; Bill Buchen: percussion; Aiyb Dieng: percussion; Hamid Drake: bass drum; (3) Jah Wobble and Temple of Sound: all sounds; Shahim Badar: voice; (6) Micheline Abdel Karim: vocals; Amer Ghandour: musician; (7) Omar Faruk Tekbilek: all sounds; (8) Simon Shaheen: featured violin, oud; Ibrahim Salman : quanoun; Sheikh Taha: accordion; Anton Hajjar: ney; Najib Shaheen: oud; Ramzi Bisharat: tabla; Michel Baqlouq: daff (tambourine); Hanna Mirhige: mizhar (frame drum); Bobby Farah: sagat (finger cymbals); Nessim Dakwar, Kamil Shajrawl, Artemis, Theodos & Gabriel Palka: violins; Simon Shaheen : viola; Michael Richmond: double bass; Michael Finkel & Vladimir Greenberg: cello; Paula Bing: flute; Laura Shaheen, Nermine Rawi, Louise Salman, Youssef Kassab, Maurice Chedid & Simon Shaheen : chorus; (9) Bill Laswell: all sounds.
Track 7 arranged by Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Brian Keane
Track 8 conducting and arranging assistance by Vladimir Greenberg
Track 8 inspired by "Min Gheir Leh" (M.A.Wahab)
Track 8 adapted, arranged and conducted by Simon Shaheen
2001 - Meta Records (USA), MT012 (CD)
There is not a single track that is less than fascinating and it is easily the "World" music release of the year, imho. Consumer information: Sometimes Bill Laswell-related compilation CDs are accused (sometimes rightly so) of recycling old stuff too often. The only track I recognize as having previously being released is Simon Shaheen's, from a Laswell-produced Axiom product showcasing the music of the composer Mohammed Abdel Wahab. Everything else is news to me, and very good news at that.