Shakhbat Shakhabit

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Shakhbat Shakhabit
شخبط شخابيط
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Studio album by Nancy Ajram
Released June 11, 2007 (2007-06-11)
Recorded 2007
Studio
  • ART (Cairo)
  • Sout El Hob (Cairo)
  • Wassim Bustani (Beirut)[1]
Genre
Length 30:25
Label EWE Productions
Producer
Nancy Ajram chronology
Ya Tabtab...Wa Dallaa
(2006)Ya Tabtab...Wa Dallaa2006
Shakhbat Shakhabit
(2007)
Betfakkar Fi Eih
(2008)Betfakkar Fi Eih2008
Singles from Shakhbat Shakhabit
  1. "Shakhbat Shakhabit"
    Released: June 1, 2007
  2. "Shater"
    Released: June 1, 2007
  3. "Katkouta"
    Released: June 1, 2007
  4. "Eid Milad"
    Released: June 1, 2007
  5. "Risala Lil Aalam"
    Released: May 26, 2008

Shakhbat Shakhabit (Arabic: شخبط شخابيط‎, English: Scribbled Doodles) is the first studio album made exclusively for children by Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram. It was released on June 11, 2007 by EWE Productions. Ajram has always wanted to dedicate a work for children, and indeed, the album and video came as an important step in her career. The music video was directed by Said El Marouk after "Ehsas Jdeed"'s success with Ajram, was the biggest budget out of all of her clips. It included four songs, "Shakhbat Shakhabit", "Katkouta", "Shater", and "Eid Milad" in the credits. The production of the album created a buzz in the Arab music industry, as several producing companies fell into exclusive-rights arguments with each other for its production.

Development and release[edit]

Commenting on the idea of making a full-length album for kids, Ajram said,

Basically, the album was ready since 1998 and was offered to seven different singers, some completely rejected it, while some cancelled just a few days before they started recording. According to Egyptian songwriter Awad Badawi, who wrote six tracks in the album, Hisham Abbas asked him to write an album for children and asked Walid Saad compose the music. After they finished working on the album, they gave the songs to Abbas who ultimately retreated and gave no reason whatsoever. The album was then offered to Medhat Saleh, Iman Bahr Darwish, Sono Cairo, Ehab Tawfik, Amal Maher, Aline Khalaf and Mohammad Fouad but none of them got down to recording it. But just before Awad gave up on the album, Ajram called Saad and told him that she intends to make an album for children, he answered that he has four songs prepared already, after hearing them she insisted that this album was hers and she immediately recorded it and added two more Egyptian songs, "Kart Shahn" and "Risala Lil Aalam". Ajram then wanted a Lebanese song so she contacted Wassim Bustani who composed "Shater". Kuwaiti composer Yaacoub Al Khubayzi who previously composed Ajram's successful Khaliji hit, "Mishtaga Leik", in her previous album "Ya Tabtab...Wa Dallaa", also composed the only Khaliji song in the album, "Kellena".[3]

The seven-minute music video, which features four different tracks from the album, was filmed in Beirut on 9 and 10 March 2007, with Lebanese director Said El Marouk, as a second collaboration with Ajram, after "Ehsas Jdeed". Ajram played three different rols in the video, the first one is butterfly, mother and kindergarten teacher who tells the story portraying a fairytale.[4]

Shakhbat Shakhabit was officially released on June 11, 2007, while the music was video premiered on TV channels one week before.[5]

Success[edit]

The album and video were the most notable and successful work for children at the time, following a huge wave of works directed to children. The reason for this could be the fact that it was purely meant for children, unlike children works by other singers that included sexual content for adults.[6] The video was also the only music video broadcast on MBC's children's channel, MBC 3. On the third anniversary of the channel, Nancy hosted the live children's event as she performed "Shakhbat", "Shater", and "Eid Milad". It's worth mentioning that Shakhbat Shakhabit beat Nancy's expectations, because it achieved huge success even among adults. "Shakhbat" and "Shater" achieved the most success in the album. However, all of the songs were played in schools and reached children all over the Arab world.[7]

World peace[edit]

Shakhabit also includes a song about World Peace, called "Risala Lil Aalam" (A Message to the World). It was filmed in complete secrecy with Fadi Haddad, in a first cooperation with Ajram, using techniques newly introduced to the Arab world. The video, which portrays peace issues of the Arab world and its children, is expected to be aired on all satellite channels, including news channel Al Arabiya. The video was released on May 25, 2008, the day the Lebanese president General Michel Suleiman was elected ending a deadlock that lasted since November. It was the first video for Ajram that had an entirely graphical world that implied the suffering of children worldwide and the need to bring out a more colorful and happy world for them, like the one in the video. Old rumors claimed that the video will be presented to the UNICEF.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Shakhbat Shakhabit" (Scribbled Doodles)3:34
2."Kart Shahn" (Cargo Card)4:34
3."Katkouta" (Cutie)3:26
4."Risala Lil Aalam" (A Message to the World)3:50
5."Shater" (Good Boy)3:08
6."Eid Milad" (Birthday)4:10
7."Kellena" (All of Us)3:58
8."Asfour El Nounou" (Little Birdie)3:45
Total length:30:25

Credits[edit]

Tracks 1,6,8 - Lyrics: Awad Badawi, Music: Walid Saad, Production: Ashraf Abdou

Tracks 2,3,4 - Lyrics: Awad Badawi, Music: Walid Saad, Production: Walid Maymani

Track 5 - Lyrics: Mounir Bou Assaf, Music and Production: Wassim Bustani

Track 7 - Lyrics: Saad Al Musallam, Music: Yaacoub Al Khubayzi, Production: Oussama Al Hindi

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.[1]

  • Dr. Jihan El Nasser – children's choral conducting
  • Mostafa Aslan – guitar
  • Ahmed Ayadi – tabla
  • Mahmoud Souror – rebab; violin
  • Hisham El Arabi – riq
  • Hani Farhat – violin
  • Tamer Ghonim – violin; strings (track 8)
  • Tamer Talaat – strings (track 4)
  • Mahmoud (child) – featured vocals (track 2)
  • Habiba Hazem Tayel (child) – featured vocals (track 3)
  • Yasser Anwar – sound engineer (tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8)
  • Joseph Karam – sound engineer (track 5)
  • Tony Haddad – digital mastering
  • Fares El Jammal – photography
  • Georges Yucef – graphic design

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nancy Ajram (2007). Shakhbat Shakhabit (Media notes). EWE Productions. 9 681001 002036.
  2. ^ "نانسي عجرم: لا أريد شهرة عالمية مقابل مبلغ مالي ادفعه." Farfesh (in Arabic).
  3. ^ "ألبوم «شخبط شخابيط» جاهز منذ ٩ سنوات.. و٧ مطربين رفضوا تسجيله". Almasry Alyoum (in Arabic).
  4. ^ ""شاطر" نانسي عجرم للأطفال". Al Ayyam (in Arabic).
  5. ^ "شخبط شخابيط نانسي في الاسواق اليوم". Elaph (in Arabic).
  6. ^ "Shakbat Shakabeet was Ready & Waiting!". Waleg.
  7. ^ "mbc3 تحتفل بانطلاقتها الثالثة بحضور الأطفال ونانسي عجرم". Al Riyadh (in Arabic).
  8. ^ "Rissal ila al A'alam (Nancy Ajram video Clip)".
  9. ^ "Nancy Ajram: Shakhbat Shakhabit". Amazon.