Maha - Orkos | Beverly Phono MartNew/SealedHABIBI FUNK 0000020UPC: 673790036896Release Date: 10/21/2022 Maha's "Orkos" immediately catches your ear as a unique album. A strong and energetic voice, equally grounded in jazz as well as Egyptian vocal traditions, Maha sings over instrumentals that offer a wide palette of influences, sonically emblematic of the cultural changes that were occurring in the country. The album features rich compositions and productions by renown Egyptian musician Hany Shenoda, who's group, Al Massrieen, Habibi Funk worked with in 2017 (the release led to sync placements in Hulu's "Ramy" TV Series). From the funk sounds of "Law Laffeina El Ard"; the moody, mellow sounds of "Kabl Ma Nessallem We Nemshy", or "We Mesheet;" to excursions into Latin sounds in the title track "Orkos," and disco with "Ana Gaya" (Album Focus Track, out October 10) the album is an amalgamation of genres that stands out from the immense creativity present in Egypt at the time. We connected Maha in late 2021 and she was clearly surprised to have someone call about music she recorded more than 40 years ago. She also seemed interested in the idea in bringing her music back to people's attention. A few weeks later we were speaking with our friend Moataz, who runs the Disco Arabesquo project and showed him this great new album we found and to our surprise he knew the album, having found a copy of it a year or two before, in Cairo. It was then obvious to team up for a collaboration for this project. You can find Moataz's story about Maha and her music, as well as extensive interviews with Maha herself, in the booklet accompanying the release.