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Artist
Baligh Hamdi
ReleaseProduct
Modal Instrumental Pop of 1970s Egypt
Label
Sublime Frequencies
Catalogue Number
SF119LP
Release Date
September 24, 2021

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Essential compilation of Baligh Hamdi’s instrumental music • First time reissue collecting rare recordings of impossible to find tracks from 1970s recordings • CD digipak with 12 page booklet of liner notes with many never before seen photographs • 2 LP tip-on gate fold jacket with rare photos and extensive liner notes by Hisham Mayet • Beat driven Eastern tinged jazz, theremin draped orchestral noir, tracks that feature searing guitar solos from none other than Omar Khorshid, and a selection of buzzing, sitar driven, Indo-Arabic tracks establishing a meeting of mid-east and eastern psychedelic exotica • Compiled and produced by Hisham Mayet • " Sublime Frequencies finally unleashes it’s ESSENTIAL compilation from 1970’s Egypt. Modal instrumental tracks from Baligh Hamdi - one of the most important Arabic composers of the 20th Century (writing for legends Umm Kalthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Warda, and many others). Features his legendary group the “Diamond Orchestra” with Omar Khorshid on guitar, Magdi al-Husseini on organ, Samir Sourour on saxophone, and Faruq Salama on accordion. All of these musicians were discovered and recruited by Hamdi to interpret his vision of a modernized, hybrid Arabic music. Under Hamdi’s direction, this orchestra charted a new melodic direction and created a new musical language. This compilation is culled from a specific era of Hamdi’s long career, a decade where he fully realized an international music which incorporated beat driven Eastern tinged jazz, theremin draped orchestral noir, tracks that feature searing guitar solos from none other than Omar Khorshid, and a selection of buzzing, sitar driven, Indo-Arabic tracks establishing a meeting of mid-east and eastern psychedelic exotica, and a vision that created some of the hippest music coming out of the Middle East from the late 1960’s and throughout the 1970’s.

  1. 1 Ghada 1:08
  2. 2 Zabour 0:58
  3. 3 The Wanderer 2:00
  4. 4 Mawal 0:50
  5. 5 Ennai 2:00

Track List

  1. Ghada
  2. Zabour
  3. The Wanderer
  4. Mawal
  5. Ennai
  6. Mawood the Beloved Date
  7. Bambah
  8. Musical Introduction
  9. Gazairia
  10. Chaka Chiko
  11. Zai Elhawa
  12. Sahara
  13. Hanim
  14. Noussa
  15. Zamane
  16. Iskandarani
  17. Amira
  18. Salamat
  19. Love Story

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