The day after Wadi el Safi died, I heard my mom talk about him and she was irritated that such a huge Lebanese cultural icon was not commemorated properly. There are so many days dedicated to politics or useless politicians who brought nothing to Lebanon and offered nothing to its advancement are commemorated, but the death of this legendary man was barely even on television.
Yes there was a funeral and it was on TV but apart from that, no national grievance, no nothing. I mean this was the Michael Jackson of Lebanon (if not even greater), they could’ve made that day “Wadi el Safi day” or something. It made me wonder when Fairuz dies, will she get a ‘meh’ from society and that will be it?
Anyway, I was hanging out with my good friend Ahmad and when I opened the subject he immediately was like ” Dude this guy was a legend he was amazing ..etc” and he went on to make me listen to “Lobnan ot’it sama” which I had never heard before. As soon as I heard it, I fell in love with Wadih’s voice. It was breathtaking, something magical. We were just sitting there listening to this super old recording but of a great voice probably the greatest male voice of our country.
I immediately decided that I would remix that song. I felt it was my duty to pay tribute to this legend. I felt like I should make it more accessible to the Lebanese youth of today that is more into electronic music and reluctant to listen to Lebanese music (even I was guilty of that). But after hearing his music, this was the only way that I knew how to pay my respects and so the next day I did the remix and here we are.
Samer Etienne Chami aka ETYENSamer Etienne Chami aka ETYEN is a Lebanese music producer. He started making music when he was 12 from singer-songwriter to playing in rock bands and now producing electronic music. ETYEN’s sound is indie electronica which is mostly a mix of ambient trippy chill-step dubstep and trap.
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