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Maryam Saleh (EG)

Maurice Louca (EG)

Maurice Louca is one of Egypt's most pioneering alternative musicians. He was born in Cairo, Egypt, where he still lives. Alongside Mahmoud Waly (bass and electronic music) and Mahmoud Refat (percussion and electronics) , he founded the group Bikya, a folktronica project. The band is still together, performing sporadically, but now the three individuals work on their solo and side projects more regularly. Read more on . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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Khyam Allami (SY)

Khyam Allami is an ‘ūd (or oud) player and composer.

Born to Iraqi parents in Damascus, Syria and raised in London from the age of nine, Allami started learning violin in Damascus. he went on to play rock drums in London, before taking two music degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). He took up the oud in 2004.

In 2010 Khyam was the first recipient of the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy mentorship programme, which saw him perform at WOMAD and the BBC Proms. There followed much press attention, high profile concerts and various live and recorded collaborations with artists varying from Seattle-based Master Musicians of Bukkake to Iraqi pop singer Ilham al-Madfa'i.
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Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (EG)

Is a composer of alternative Arabic music, and an Oud, Buzuq, and vocal performer.

The lyrics in his compositions are in formal (fus-ha), Palestinian, or Egyptian dialect, written by himself or by Arab poets. The lyrics, in general, are not directed towards a specific theme; they express an array of human experience that is not defined by time or place: love, challenge, insecurity, boredom, thrill, frustration, etc. Tamer's music absorbs the lyrics, chews them, re-arranges their perspective, and bursts them as expressive originals that are certainly defined by time and place; the current time; Palestine. If the lyrics speak of love and passion, the music speaks of love separated by the Apartheid Wall and passion under siege. ...

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