Ziad Rahbani’s 80s cult classic ‘Houdou Nisbi’ gets first ever vinyl release

WWSLP50 Ziad Housou Nisbi cover 2000

Wewantsounds have announced the first ever vinyl release of Ziad Rahbani’s cult classic “Houdou Nisbi”.

Originally released on the sought-after label Relax-in, the LP is one of the Lebanese composer and musician’s most praised albums but was only ever previously released on cassette and CD.

Considered a holy grail amongst Oriental Groove fans, the compositions – which were recorded in 1984-85 at Rahbani’s By-Pass studio – blend Arabic music with funk, jazz, boogie and Brazilian music.


The release was curated by Lebanese DJ, radio host and compiler Ernesto Chahoud and features the original cassette artwork, remastered audio and a two page insert with a new introduction by Chahoud.

Ziad Rahbani is one of the foremost musical icons in the Middle East. Coming out of an unrivalled artistic dynasty – his father was famous composer and musician Assi Rahbani, one half of The Rahbani Brothers, while his mother is the legendary Lebanese Diva, Fairuz – Ziad is known for bringing Western influences into traditional Arabic music, displayed on a string of releases throughout the 70s.


Side 1
Bala Wala Chi  3.27
Houdou Nisbi  4.32
Nafs Al Sheghlat  2.40
Yalla Kichou Barra  2.35
Ma Tfel  4.25
Bil Nisbi La Boukra  5.00

Side 2
Bisaraha  4.13
5 To 7 PM  4.03
Rouh Khabbir  6.28
For Sure  2.42
Khalas  3.55
Finale  1.33


Houdou Nisbi is out now on Wewantsounds.