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    British-Iraqi singer and composer, Alya Marquardt, releases her first album with her New York-based ensemble Shamash. A unique project fusing Iraqi folk music, contemporary jazz, human beatbox, improvisation and Arabic maqam.

    All profits from album sales go to welfare and education projects in Iraq.

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4 stars - Songlines Magazine

"Stunning new music" - Chris Phillips, Jazz FM

British-Iraqi singer and composer, Alya Marquardt, releases her first album with her New York-based ensemble Shamash. A unique project fusing Iraqi folk music, contemporary jazz, human beatbox, improvisation and Arabic maqam.

All proceeds from album sales go to welfare and education projects in Iraq.

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released February 20, 2015

Line-up:

Alya Marquardt - vocals, arrangements and composition
Rima Fand - violin, arrangements and vocals
Amina Figarova - piano
Isabel Castellvi - cello and vocals
Reuben Radding - bass
Greg Squared - saxophone and clarinet
Adam Good - oud
Nezih Antakli - percussion
Adam Matta - beatbox

Don Godwin - recording, mixing, mastering and production
Alya Marquardt - production

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Track Name: Alya Marquardt & Shamash Ensemble - Chi Mali Wali
I have no protector
Oh father, pray for me
I have no protector

I am suffering in my world
Oh father
I have no protector
Track Name: Alya Marquardt & Shamash Ensemble - Foug El Nakhal
Above the palm trees
I don't know if it is your cheek I see
Or the shine of the moon
But oh father
I don't want this trouble in my life
Track Name: Alya Marquardt & the Shamash Ensemble - Hatha Mou Ansaf Minek
This is not justice from you
If people ask me where you are
What should I tell them?
Track Name: Khadri El Chai
They tell me to brew the tea
But who will I brew it for if you are not here?