[ 31 May , 2012; 00:00 to 23:59. ]
Omar Souleyman is a Syrian musical legend. Since 1994, he and his musicians – Rizan Said keyboard and Ali Shaker Ali – bozouk – have emerged as a staple of folk-pop throughout Syria, but until now they have remained little known outside of the country. To date, he has issued more than five-hundred studio and […]
[ 21 April , 2012; 19:30 to 22:00. ]
The eponymous lead guitarist behind Group Bombino, Ghoumour Oumara Moctar (also known as Omara “Bombino” Moctar) is also its singer and songwriter. Blending Occidental electronic and acoustic folk and blues guitar styles with Tuareg songforms and lyrics (and the occasional Raï jam), the music is a good deal more gritty and raucous than the frankly […]
The second release on Bahjaphone by Fannan Mohamed, and livelier than the first. Again, not much to go on here other than the music itself – rhythmic, well-orchestrated Arabic folk verging on raï from (judging by the cover) late 1960s Morocco.
Get it here.
Other than the odd copy of one of Fannan Mohamed‘s 7″s for sale on eBay or Groove Collector, there is precious little information about this musician around. Even less about Bahjaphone, the French imprint which released this EP. Upbeat, well-recorded raï leaning towards Arabic folk from late 1960s Morocco (?), it is a shame he […]