The release of Abayazied’s new cover brings forth a new modern take on Palestinian folk sensation ‘Wain A’Ramallah’.
When it came to his approach to covering, Abayazied said he didn’t want to transform it to fit his own idea by stripping it of what made it stand out, but instead he wanted to take inspiration from genres such as rap and hip-hop and use them as influence to highlight the beauty of ‘Wain A’Ramallah’ with a modern spin.
Through the combined effort of a team who took this on as a passion project, they managed to achieve this and it’s already creating major waves, famed Palestinian radio channel ‘Ajyal’ even approached the artist and asked to play the new tune to it’s listeners!
To Abayazied, one of the aspects he enjoyed the most working on this project was the teamwork. The love behind the collaboration in this song was purely off the love of this song and the rich history it carried. The contributions by Disco Misr’s ‘Mostafa El Sherif’ in his great effort and help with the production eased the difficulties they faced, coupled with his creative input which played around with the elements of the song to unleash the powerful soul within it.
Equally as important was the music video which thanks to the team behind it, were able to capture the elements that Abayazied believed resonated with the current modern day spirit. Abayazied praised the work of the team crediting Moataz Ibrahim and the team with the remarkable work they did with the video. The friendship and love behind this project ultimately made this an unforgettable experience for him and those who collaborated on the song.
Abayazied believes that when it comes to the purpose behind working on specific projects that there are times when you feel you don’t have the privilege of choosing what you want to work on. When you feel like you want to sing it, you suddenly feel its influence on you and that you want to sing it again in a new and unique way. “I felt it, I loved it and I felt really happy to sing it once more, and ultimately I wanted to share it and add one more take to this beautiful song”.
The unique memories he had with the song meant that he couldn’t help it considering how it was his all time favorite during his years in college. He felt that the way he would approach singing it would be unique and was different from how anyone else tried to cover this track. Feeling this, he jumped at the opportunity. Saying that his hope for people to enjoy it, because his desire to spread it out and to give it the exposure it deserves to a younger audience considering that it has a large potential that deserves to be fulfilled. “When it comes to ‘Wain A’Ramallah’ however you arrange it you would find something beautiful within it”.
In terms of his previous collaborations and projects, he hopes that what he’s learned from those experiences have manifested in this project. The collaborations of the past have taught him many things that he feels he will be able to capitalize on. This experience has brought out a greater enthusiasm to make more collaborations in the future. Abayazied has found that the influence of the artists he’s worked with have had a profound effect on his evolving style and allow it to grow in new and unique ways. As time goes on “I want to take these experiences and try this with more local artists and develop my style as time goes on”.
Ahmed Abayazied’s optimistic and growth centric mind promises to take lessons from the past and bring about a new spirit to the local musical scene that sees the potential in the art of the past and yearns to modernize it for the present. And with an array of popular covers in the pipe-line, Abayazied is also currently working on his first solo album which is set to take the music scene by storm.
Watch the video below:
Original Lyrics: Ali Al-Kelany
Original Composition: Ehsaan Al-Monther
Music Production: Abayazied & Mostafa EL-Sherif
Mixing & Mastering: Mostafa El-Sherif
Artist Manager: Daliah Galal
Recorded at: Disco Misr Studios
Stylist: Haitham Farouk
Edit: Mahmoud Adel
Filmed by: Moataz Ibrahim