May 19, 2011
Using only his mouth, body, and even his beard, Wardi creates a heavily layered, one-man a capella performance that, through elaborate editing, is both very complex and yet completely fluid.
The first is a cover of the song "Fi Hagat" by Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram:
The second is a song titled, "Ma3gool."
The setup will seem very familiar to many of us in the U.S. and perhaps other English-speaking countries. This past fall, YouTube singer Mike Tompkins became very popular for his pop song covers, which were done in a similar style and drew millions of views. While there had been others before him, Tompkins helped spawn a trend of edited-a capella that many other talented singers joined in on. But Alaa Wardi's new videos might be the first instance of the genre sung strictly in Arabic.