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‘Signs are only signs when we choose to believe in them’: Nouran AbuTaleb on new release Betshoof Alamat


Accompanied by the music of Maher El-Mallakh, AbuTaleb’s hallmark angelic vocals walk us through Betshof Alamat (You See Signs) while unveiling the singer’s thoughts as captured by lyricist Nada El-Shabrawy.

“Of course I believed, and I said it’s a sign,” so says the song’s refrain expressing the idea underpinning the lyrics.

“I have been thinking about signs and our approach to them,” AbuTaleb shares with Ahram Online, adding that “we always believe in signs and how they guide us. In fact, we often want to see those signs as we need the guidance. We see signs when we look at them from an emotional angle, or when we need to take a decision. In other words, signs are only signs when we choose to believe in them.”

AbuTaleb underlines the lyricist’s unique talent to capture the singer’s thoughts. “Nada is my age; we are the same generation. We have a lot of great conversations and we share ideas. I admire her talent as a lyricist and I’m very lucky to have her in my life,” AbuTaleb comments.

The young star of the alternative Arab music scene also shares her happiness to be working with Maher El-Mallakh, who wrote the song, produced it (recording, mixing and mastering) and plays the guitar.

“Together with Maher and Nada we are currently working on the second song which will be released soon,” AbuTaleb said also mentioning Mostafa Gamal who plays the trumpet in the song.

You See Signs is the first song of an album that is yet to see light. AbuTaleb says that she had wanted to release an album first but discovered it was not as easy as it may seem. She says that the album is entirely self-funded, so they decided to release the songs one by one first. “I can’t tell when exactly the album will be ready. I hope this year,” she said.

AbuTaleb revealed that the new songs mark a new direction that she is heading towards as a musician. “I am still discovering myself. I’m experimenting with new things, new sound in production,” she said.

While focusing on new songs, AbuTaleb does not have clear plans for concerts in Egypt at this stage. She said, however,  that she was preparing for two concerts that will be held abroad in March. Details of these concerts will be released in the weeks to come.

You See Signs is available on all streaming platforms. The music video posted on YouTube was created by Akram Hamdan based on photography by Ahmed Ezzel-Din.

Source : English Ahram

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