[Music] Soliman Gamil – A Map of Egypt Before the Sands


It’s for albums like this that I have such a love of Bandcamp.  This release originally came out in 1997, and was a collection of pieces of Soliman Gamil’s other records for the Touch Label.  Though they would have made lovely soundtrack music, it’s more an exploration of and experimentation with Egyptian classical music.  A well-done reissue by Mike Harding and Touch.

[Music] Nadah El Shazly – Ahwar

Singer and composer Nadah El Shazly apparently began her career in a punk rock band doing Misfits covers. She’s come a long way, creating an eerie work with references to experimental music and musique concrète, with a nod to French composers of the INA-GRM tradition.

If I recall correctly, if was my friend and colleague C-Drik who brought her name to my attention.  I am indebted to him.

[Music] Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band – Egyptian Jazz

What a magnificent find! Salah Ragab is the father of Egyptian Jazz.  He produces a sound that blends the best elements of the venerable genre, as well as bits of Latin, soundtrack, and even cha-cha-cha in his concoction.