The 5th Annual Mesopotamian Night 2 Audio CDs Set

The 5th Annual Mesopotamian Night 2 Audio CDs Set

(3 customer reviews)


Two Audio CDs Collection

Also available to download from Apple iTunes CD1 & CD2
and Amazon Music CD1 & CD2

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CD-1: Assyrian Musical: Malek Rama- The Handsome Prince

Poem by: Hannibal Alkhas, Composer: Edwin Elieh

  • If I Were A Queen
  • Be My Queen “And Bear My Child”
  • The Newborn Is A Monster
  • My Almighty Savior “You Will Be Rewarded?”
  • Sailors’ First Visit With Malek Rama
  • You Will Become A Mosquito To See Your Dad
  • Transformation Into A Mosquito
  • Sailors Witnessed A Colorful City
  • Cook Describes A Magical Tree
  • Dove Grants Malek Rama’s First Wish
  • Sailors’ Second Visit, With Malek Rama
  • You Will Become A Wasp To See Your Dad
  • Transformation Into A Wasp
  • Sailors Witnessed A Miraculous Hazelnut Tree
  • Nanareekha Talks About A Beautiful Girl
  • Dove Becomes A Beautiful Girl
  • Narrative-Malek Rama Happy With Transformation
  • Mother’s Prayer For Malek Rama And His Wife
  • Sailors’ Third Visit With Malek Rama
  • Sailors Saw Malek Rama’s Beautiful Wife
  • The Magical City


CD-2: Assyrian Classics: Misha Ashoorian and Vania David

Lyrics: Misha Ashoorian, Composer: Vania David, Orchestrator: Edwin Elieh

  • In Teleh Youma (The Last Day) – Lazar Malko
  • Broona d’Shimsha (Son Of The Eastern Sun) – Rita Davoud
  • Zeega d’Oomraneh (The Sound Of The Bells) (Churches Bell) – Salem Safo
  • Khamra d’Shawa Shineh (Seven-Year Wine) – Tony Gabriel
  • La Khoosh Kislee Poosh (Don’t Leave Me) – Jowan David (Watch on YouTube)
  • Romina – Jowan David And Lazar Malko
  • Aal Aina (By The Mountain Spring) – Salem Safo
  • Betan Le Leh Qoorbokhoon (The Neighbors) – Rita Davoud And Tony Gabriel (Watch on YouTube)
  • Nazaneh – Jowan David And Salem Sefo
  • Qasra d’Matleh (Legendary Castle) – Tony Gabriel
  • Al Roomyateh d’Qeeneh d’Nineveh (Nineveh’s Green Hills) – Full Cast

“Release date: December 2013

3 reviews for The 5th Annual Mesopotamian Night 2 Audio CDs Set

  1. Eden Naby-Frye

    I just listened to the CD of Malek Rama Lakhuma (The Handsome Prince) that was recently issued by Mesopotamian Night. This is the first of a duo set from Mesopotamian Night 2012, a concert hall performance held at the Center for Performing Arts in Mountain View, California.  The date of the musical performance, Saturday February 18, 2012, marks a turning point in the professionalism of Assyrian cultural performance. 

    Listening to the CD, I can appreciate the music more even than at the performance nearly a year ago because I am not as starry-eyed about that spectacular visual experience. Even when the DVD of the performance is released, hopefully soon, it will not have the magic of that performance on stage when a cast of singers, dancers and a fine orchestra really gave us a first class performance.

    But the CD is of good quality with the mellow narration by our Turlock based poet, the wonderfully cooperative Yosip Bet Yosip active in promoting Assyrian poetry at the World Poetry Congress. Yosip Bet Yosip’s narration is indeed an homage to the life of Hannibal Alkhas (1930-2010), the scion of generations of Assyrian cultural activists. Known widely as a painter, Alkhas’ poetry is less known outside his native Assyrian community simply because few people outside our community know our language and poetry is an artistic medium heavily dependent on language.

    That is one of the reasons the Mesopotamian Night performances are important for our cultural advancement:  we can bridge from Assyrian neo-Aramaic poetry to attract a wider audience through music. But first we have to rediscover our poets: in this case the discovery of this Hannibal Alkhas poem, Malik Rama Lakhuma is owing to the publication by Marcel Josephson of Alkhas’ unpublished poems, among which was this wonderful folkloric poem now so well adapted to stage performance.

    Discovering our poets and musicians is the subject of the second disk in the set that is available so reasonably ($15.00). The series of Assyrian songs by the poet Misha Ashoorian and composed by Vania David have received modern interpretation and orchestration by Edwin Elieh and are sung by five of our contemporary entertainers, including Salem Sefo.  That the original author Misha and composer Vania could be viewing the performance from the first row is a credit to the organizers.  Let us see more of our 20thcentury recoverable poets’ works reinterpreted for contemporary audiences.

    And by all means, let us see and hear from the lovely Shamina Khangeldy and the rest of the talented cast of Malek Rama, especially Fred Elieh.

    The Naby Frye Assyrian Fund for Culture is pleased to have been offered an opportunity to fund, in part, this CD. 

    – Dr. Eden Naby Frye

  2. Eden Naby-Frye

    The entire CD is a joy, the last 20 minutes are exhilarating. The composition by Edwin Elieh of Urmiah (Iran) and Los Angeles, as played by the orchestra under the direction of John Kendall Bailey, really brings Assyrian music into the 21st century – finally.

    Let me just say how thrilled I was to hear the lovely songs and voices of the chorus, the individual singers, and the mellow poetic voice of Yosip Bet Yosip who read the poem by Hannibal Alkhas, poet and painter, who composed this lovely fairy tale into a narrative poem. Two regrets – that the MP3 download possibilities do not include all the solo numbers, and that there are three timing problems in the CD: 1) there is a 15 second pause in the poetic narrative which might have been eliminated with a few key strokes, the ending is too abrupt at one point, and the finale runs into the prelude without a second’s break. But these technical defects do not detract from the beauty of the music, the lovely Aramaic pronounced by native speakers, and the professional quality of the musical production.

  3. Sargon Alkurge

    This is the most impressive Assyrian production ever made. The poem of the legendary “Hannibal Alkhas” (RIP) was represented beautifully on the stage with mesmerizing melodies by the talented Edwin Elieh and turning it into a musical act by the amazing Artistic director Fred Elieh.
    Another milestone for the Assyrian Aid Society of America and the Mesopotamian Night volunteering team who continues to represent our culture at the highest level

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