Hossam Ramzy: Sabla Tolo IV (ARC Music)

 |   |  <1 min read

Hossam Ramzy: Albi el Afreeky
Hossam Ramzy: Sabla Tolo IV (ARC Music)

Percussionist, arranger and producer Hossam Ramzy has appeared frequently at Elsewhere, and been interviewed.

From Egypt, he is one of the few Arabic musicians whose name might be slightly familiar to mainstream Western listeners because of his sessions and concerts with Peter Gabriel, Shakira, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and Sting among many others.

When he steps beyond the traditional music he grew up on, he slips past genre barriers and his excellent 2011 Rock the Tabla album saw him collaborate with Indian master A.R. Rahman (“the Mozart of Madras”), jazz players Billy Cobham and Manu Katche, and taiko drummer Joji Hirota for thrilling or frequently emotional music of no fixed culture abode.

That album or any of his many bellydance albums would be a better place to start on a Ramzy discovery than this one however.

Another in his on-going percussion series, this contains 13 solo pieces and while the criss-cross rhythms and time-shifts refer to samba, Indian tabla, flamenco and so on, over the long haul it's a lot of solo percussion.

Typical of ARC Music releases, this comes with good liner notes which explain the origins or intentions, but it needs to be said again: It's a lot of solo percussion.

For drummers however, the long line forms on the left. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood (Rough Guide/Southbound)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood (Rough Guide/Southbound)

We've made the point previously with The Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa -- and ignored The Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia  on these grounds -- that this usually reliable label is a bit... > Read more

LILA DOWNS INTERVIEWED 2007: Singing the politics and heritage of Mexico

LILA DOWNS INTERVIEWED 2007: Singing the politics and heritage of Mexico

Lila Downs admits she is surprised her music has become internationally successful. After all, much of what she sings is in Spanish, it speaks of the pride and plight of the Mexican and Indian... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

SLIM WHITMAN PROFILED (1923-2013): A song to save the world

SLIM WHITMAN PROFILED (1923-2013): A song to save the world

In the early Eighties, the late Slim Whitman – who had recorded more than 65 albums -- still held down the record for the longest number one on the British charts, 11 consecutive weeks, a... > Read more

THE PENINSULA, HONG KONG: A building through space and time

THE PENINSULA, HONG KONG: A building through space and time

Only a fool would try to suggest that a single building – in this instance, worse, a luxurious hotel – could refract the story of city. But let's be foolish, because the history of... > Read more