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Album Review

A thoroughly groovable collection of dub work, with Egyptian musicians providing the overdubs. This follows in the series by the duo of artists after Pharaoh and Eternal Egypt. The basic concept is to make some small recordings of various Egyptian musicians playing short parts, then mixing them into a cohesive whole in the studio, with the addition of some synthesizer work courtesy of Phil Thornton. The final product is a loosely bound set of recordings with an unbreakable beat and some slowly cooking basslines, along with various bits of ney, oud, and the like. For your standard world beat-type album, this is pretty good (much better than most). If it's authenticity one is looking for, don't let the title fool you. Still, this is quite an enjoyable album for listeners of all levels.

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This album is amazing. I listen to the Meditation channel on cable radio every night before bed and Praying for Rain gets played often. Even after the first time I heard it I just had to check the rest of the songs out. I love all of it. It's very exotic. Thank God for excellent music outside of the mainstream.

Good album BUT...

There is really good instruments are playing.. relaxing.. but elecrtonic basses and rhythm on background are almost same in all tracks.

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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