Salma Ya Salama
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Salma Yā Salāma (in Arabic سالمة يا سلامة) is an Egyptian popular song composed by musician Sayed Darwish for the 1919 play "Qulu lu". The lyrics are by Egyptian poet Badi' Khairi. The song speak about nostalgia for the homeland, homesickness, how they are satisfied with life, whether they are poor or rich, and how brilliant they are in war and peace.
It was among the first Ethnic fusion hits in the world, recorded in five languages (Egyptian Arabic, French, German, and Italian: "Uomo di sabbia" and Spanish). The French version speaks of a man wandering in the desert and sees a mirage of a garden paradise.
The 45 rpm single was released in two different pressings - The French version (IS 45730) coupled with "Ti amo" (originally by Umberto Tozzi) and the Egyptian version (IS 45731) coupled with the instrumental version. The disc was distributed by "Sonopresse". When Dalida signed with "Carrere" in 1978, a third 45 rpm pressing (CA 49354) was made.
- Dalida remixes
In 1995, Orlando French record label released two completely re-orchestrated versions of the "Salma Ya Salama" in its album release Comme si j'étais là... one in French and the other in an Egyptian version (both offered as a bonus).
The song was remixed again in late 1996 for the Dalida album L'an 2005 and as a CD single. This version, released in May 1997, was certified silver having reached the French Top 20 chart. A clip was made for the occasion.
The song "Salma Ya Salama" has been performed by other artists, such as Haifa Wehbe, Alabina, Chantal Chamandy, Jean Michel Jarre, Giota Lydia, Ziynet Sali, Krum & Miro and WAMA. It was also sung by Atilla Taş as "Sallana Sallana" at his debut album, "Kırmızılım" ("My red" in Turkish) in 1998. Also it has been performed by an Uzbekistan duet on the "New wave" festival in Latvia in 2011.
The song is used in the soundtrack of 1996 French film Pédale douce directed by Gabriel Aghion.
- L’argus Dalida: Discographie mondiale et cotations, by Daniel Lesueur, Éditions Alternatives, 2004. ISBN 2-86227-428-3 and ISBN 978-2-86227-428-7. (in French)
- Dalida Official Website (in English) (in French)
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