Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Despite its misleading title--London-based percussionist Hossam Ramzy here borrows beats from almost every Middle Eastern style except Algerian pop music--Egyptian Rai is a fascinating blend of Arab melodies filtered throu... more »
Despite its misleading title--London-based percussionist Hossam Ramzy here borrows beats from almost every Middle Eastern style except Algerian pop music--Egyptian Rai is a fascinating blend of Arab melodies filtered through Egyptian film-music orchestration. Call it syncretic belly-dance music for intellectuals. The nine instrumentals here borrow from such disparate sources as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Morocco, offering, as the bandleader (whose collaborators have included Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, and Robert Plant and Jimmy Page) puts it, an eagle's-eye view of the Arab world. Ramzy and ensemble approach the source material as improvisers, blending quarter-tone accordion, ney flute, strings, horns, and, of course, a variety of drums into a jangly, pulsing party. The only clunker is "The Star Collector," a bland can of Egyptian New Age. --Richard Gehr
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Egyptian pop with oriental touch but no musical style
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't be fooled into purchasing this album if you are a fan of Algerian Rai. The music is typical of Egyptian pop music and belly dancing rhythmes and isn't one of Hossam Ramzy's best albums. A very redundant collection of tunes taken from various musical styles all over the middle east but specifically from Egypt and Gulf countries. Frankly, I've heard better Egyptian and Arabic music; avoid Egyptian Rai like the plague."
Upbeat funky and loose
jamie anderson | 03/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The moods of each tune are distinct from each other but the overall feel of most of this album is buoyant full-on party time... the rhythms are bouncy and the musicians generally play with a lot of attack. There's also some very tasty improvised solos. For example the aud introduction to track 2 is just sooo soulful. In a nutshell: funky tunes and riffs, a variety of rhythms, moods, and styles, with lots of complexity which is nevertheless easy to listen to and rewards repeated listenings. Sound quality is very good with lots of separation between the instruments without sounding too analytical. In fact the sound is quite gutsy. I loved it."