Belgium’s Radio Martiko continue to impress with their reissues! This one collects a few old slabs of Egyptian exotica, and it’s one of the most charming comps I’ve heard in a while! From the label’s Bandcamp site: Exotica In Western countries, when we speak about exotica, we think about the likes of Martin Denny, Les […]
Believe it or not, Salah Ragab worked with Sun Ra. He is considered the master of Egyptian music, and could easily sit with the greatest in the world. Enjoy this funky number.
There was no more important person in the realm of Egyptian jazz than drummer, bandleader and one-time collaborator with the legendary Sun Ra, Salah Ragab. Bandcamp Daily features the artist here.
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 […]
Joseph Tawadros is an Australian oud virtuoso of Coptic heritage. This album comes from 2010, and is an instrumental masterpiece.
To start the blog, one could do far worse than post a picture of one of my musical heroes, the legendary ‘Satchmo’, Louis Armstrong, giving an impromptu performance in Cairo, Egypt, for a throng of fans in 1961. The photo is from the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and I wish to acknowledge Meridian.org, who originally […]