"Ezzayakoum" - Salamat
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- featured artist:Sayed Khalifa, Hassan El Saghir, Salwa Abou Greisha, Hassan Abdel Aziz
- release year:1998
- catalogue numberPIR1256
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"Ezzayakoum" (How do you do) - with its Nubian roots and pentatonic sound, African polyrhythms, Mediterranean melodies and Cairo style - is another milestone in Salamat's Nubian future research: the cultural encounter continues. Four voices - never released in the West before - create the centre of this original Piranha record: Sayed Khalifa, a megastar in both Egypt and Sudan, with more than seventy cassette releases and many hundred compositions to his credit; Hassan El Saghir, the most popular singer among Nubians in Cairo today; Salwa, the new female star from the famous Abou Greisha musical family; and Hassan Abdel Aziz, a young upcoming singer in the Nubian crooner tradition. This album presents the wide diversity of Nubian music and has been specially produced in Egypt for export. A first-class musical Nile cruise opening up new horizons with that special Salamat sound.
" Virtually everything that sparkled in the Golden Age of Greece was borrowed from the Egyptians, and the Egyptians adapted their routines from the royal blacks of Nubia. We moderns overlook Nubia, we forget how proud and fancy and influential it was. Nubia played Professor Longhair and Big Mama Thornton to Egypt's Elvis.Tom Robbins