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MAMNOU3 EL INTIZAR

Egyptian Alternative Indie Rock/Pop? Sure.

Shafshaq

by Omar Kamel | from Mamnou3 El Intizar

About 15 years ago, when I was sometimes writing for Carnival Arabia, I was asked to review Egyptian music releases. I’d spent most of my childhood abroad, so it gave me a welcome excuse to dive into the ongoing current of what was, then, Egyptian mainstream music. At that time, I’d only ever released Shabaka, Egypt’s first ‘electronic music’ album, in partnership with Yanni Giovanos.

I liked a lot of stuff the stuff I heard doing the reviews, but I heard a narrow range of templates, and they all sounded overused. In my head, I was imagining a genre-agnostic mix of Egyptian influences and the the music i grew up on.

Soon after, I stopped writing reviews, determined to make what I wanted to hear rather than criticize its absence.

And along came the songs.

By 2010, I had around 16 tracks in various states of production.

Then I went down on the 25th of January, 2011 – and lived between home and Tahrir for three years. Let’s skip the inherent post-trauma and get to now.

I’ve picked ten of the tracks. I’ve finished them off, and here, 12 years late, is Mamnou3 El Intizar, which means ironically enough, “Waiting is Forbidden”. Ironic enough that I considered changing it. But, hey, be light on your feet.

A massive thanks goes out to the great artists who’ve contributed to this album: Amr Darwish (violins on Shafshaq, Ghali, and Tadrib), Bojketic (Solos on Mish 3arif and Fihimnak), Peter Voronov (Violins on El Mohim), Paulina Forlova for her cello in El Zaman, Zelena for backing vocals in Ghali, and anybody who bothered to read this far, and has given the songs a listen 🙂 

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"Depuis quelques mois, Kamel s’est mis à relancer son album que la révolution a freiné. Il a donc composé, écrit et chanté une sélection de dix chansons. L’album sera bientôt diffusé sur les plateformes musicales."

May Sélim

El Ahram Hebdo

DISCOGRAPHY

The Angel See

Instrumental vignettes or soundtracks to fictional scenes? The Angel See is a collection of instrumentals evocative of strange moods, released under the alias KarmaMole.

MoonRise

The other side of SunDance, so to speak, Moonrise collects ten new groove-laden lunar-sublimated tracks and a remix of Purr-Caution. You can listen to more from Moonrise here.

SunDance

Initially released with the WDA DVD by Keti Sharif, and co-produced by her, Sundance contains dancy electronic sounds and live instrumentation. Give it a listen!

A Fish Called VALIS

We understand that you’ve had trouble keeping things in-mind, and in-noos – and that things may fall to the left of your aorta. We have the cure, and it is A Fish Called VALIS.

Shabaka

Co-produced with Yanni Giovanos. Shabaka was Egypt’s first ever electronic music album and fused elements from Egyptian media with live and electronic instrumentation.

SeptiC

SeptiC – created under the band name of Goldfish Euphoria is basically Guitar-Rock Electronic Pop. Sonically diverse experiments in rock/pop, some more polished than others.