2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 6 PICK 5- RUN-SEW-READ SELECTS- ‘BEN AINDI-HABIBI- MARY FAHL

Ben Aindi Habibi - Mary Fahl | Shazam

Ben Aindi Habibi – Mary Fahl By Aurora Moreno, Esteban Valdivieso Released 2003

  It’s the voice. The song: https://youtu.be/yu8OubuAALY . It was released in 2003, on Mary’s album “The Other Side of Time”. Mary Fahl was the lead singer of October Project, a group that got some but not enough airplay in the 1990s. Then she went solo, and has released several solo albums. If you like Mary’s sound, check out her other works, and October Project’s self-titled album released in 1993. If you think her voice might be the result of studio tricks and production, then check out some of her live recordings. I say you will be convinced otherwise. Here she is singing Ben Aindi Habibi at a house concert in 2009, accompanied only by her own acoustic guitar. https://youtu.be/I0jC19eFx5c  Mary was born and raised in New York.

  Here is an English translation of the ‘Ben Aindi Habibi’ lyrics:  

Come to my house, my beloved,

If you leave, this betrayal

Will bring misery.

Come to our passionate rendezvous.

  Mercy, my beloved!  

You’ll make me desolate if you go!

Good man, kiss my little mouth

And don’t leave me just yet.

(Source: https://www.lyrics.com/track/6286953/Mary+Fahl/Ben+Aindi+Habibi )   This song pick came from a category I created of songs not in the English language. Among other contenders I considered for this pick were, in no particular order, Eres Tu by Mocedades, Soleil Soleil by Nana Mouskouri, Dominique by Sœur Sourire/Jeanne Deckers aka The Singing Nun, and La Bamba by Ritchie Valens. Each of these was way more popular than Mary Fahl’s song, but Mary’s voice wins my pick. 

24 responses to “2021 SONG DRAFT- ROUND 6 PICK 5- RUN-SEW-READ SELECTS- ‘BEN AINDI-HABIBI- MARY FAHL

  1. Her voice is making my scalp tingle which means it’s tapping into something ancient. She sounds similar to Lisa Gerrard but a deeper tone. I bet those two singing together would be out of this world (even more than this one!) I love the musical instrumentation as well. Loreena McKennitt support musicians come to mind as well. Wonderful selection, Diana.

  2. This is really beautiful Diana Thanks for sharing it. I like the slight roughness to her voice and the power underneath it. The live version is crazy – looks like someone’s living room. Once she starts singing it’s like holy crap!

    • Great description of the power in her voice. It’s like what Grace Slick and Pat Benatar have. She could sing rock and roll or any other kind of music and wow the audience I think. Thank you.

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