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Hossam Ramzy returns with this set of mostly traditional wedding music, played at a jaunty clip and intended for belly dancing. Although here a CD, according to the notes this is actually the soundtrack to a DVD illustrating the dancing, although musically it stands well alone. Leading eight other musicians, Ramzy is a bit of a powerhouse here, although he never overwhelms the other musicians and singers. There's a lovely brisk energy to the performances, especially vocalists Yasmin Saied and Mostaffa Abdalla, but even so it ends up feeling a little bit by-the-numbers, with the players sailing through it all without any big investment of emotion.

Biography

Born: Cairo, Egypt

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Egyptian native Hossam Ramzy is the leader and chief percussionist of Pharaoh's Egyptian Ensemble, best known to Western listeners as the backing group featured on Robert Plant and Jimmy Page's No Quarter tour and album. Ramzy began playing the darabouka (Egyptian tabla) at a young age, much to his father's dismay. He moved to Saudi Arabia as a teenager, learning his craft while supporting himself by playing trap drums for radio and television programs. In 1975, he moved to England to study jazz...
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Bedouin Tribal Dance, Hossam Ramzy
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  • €8.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 10 November 2006

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