Thirty-five years after representing representing her native Morocco at Eurovision, Samira Said remains one of the biggest artists in the Arab World. She’s just released her long-awaited and much-anticipated album “Ayza Aeech” (I want to live). She ain’t lying! This album is filled with drama and life, rhythm and sound, all delivered by a Samira in top form. Created in collaboration with Rotana Records and a host of famous producers and composers, it’s worthy of Morocco’s Eurovision queen — and free for all of her subjects to listen to on Youtube. Don’t say she doesn’t give back…
“Ayza Aeech” — Samira’s best album yet?
The album has received unanimous acclaim from both fans and critics, who put it among her best releases yet. Mohamed Rahimo, one of the producers, described “Ayza Aeech” as “a masterpiece and a historical album” and went on to say that he “sees it as a world-class Arabic” work. He’s not wrong.
Always original, Samira is a leader rather than a follower. This album is no exception. Its 12 songs are mostly pop-dance, which makes sense given the success of her previous tracks like “Mazal”. But the album still contains some remarkable ballads.
The Moroccan diva hasn’t revealed the first single from the album yet, so here are some suggestions:
Ayza Aeech (I want to live): The title track stands out as an energetic dancefloor anthem. Catchy, powerful and ultimately uplifting, it’ll get the club kids — and their parents — moving.
Ehteemal Wared (A possibility): There’s a possibility that this song will become a massive hit, and it’s a pretty big possibility. Voice, melody, great lyrics — this is classic Samira!
Maandeesh Waqt (I don’t have time): An easy-listening ballad with Spanish flavor, it sees Samira tell her ex-lover that she doesn’t have any more time for him. Lady has albums to record, obvs!
Just for your information, Samira is 57 years old. Yes, 57. She still looks stunning in the promotional pictures. She performed a few days ago at the Cairo Opera House for the Festival of Arabic Music and was honored with a lifetime achievement award. She looked amazing — and amazingly honoured — when collecting her statuette.
So, what do you think of Samira Said’s new album? Let us know in the comments section below!