Lekhfa - UK tour: April 2018.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
We have received the following press release;
UK tour dates for Cairo’s Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh’s Lekhfa on UK tour: April 2018 dates
“Each of these three musicians has an impressive history, but their debut album together is an edgy triumph” ***** The Guardian
Lekhfa April 2018 UK Dates;
24.04 The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
25.04 Band on the Wall, Manchester
26.04 BBC Arabic Film Festival awards ceremony, London
27.04 Rich Mix, London
Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, names that have turned heads in alternative Arabic music with solo albums and conspicuous collaborations, with Lekhfa they give birth to an off kilter sound where layers of grit and beauty intertwine in and around the dystopian poems of their contemporary Mido Zoheir. Following album release concerts in Cairo, Dubai, Amman, London, Stockholm & Paris in Fall 2017 and concerts earlier this month at REWIRE Festival in The Hague and Paris’ Philharmonie/Cité de la Musique, the live renderings of their game-changing album continue its worldwide touring journey with Maryam Saleh on vocals & duff; Tamer Abu Ghazaleh on vocals, oud & buzuq; Maurice Louca on keys, guitar & slide guitar; Khaled Yassine on drums, Elie Afif on bass and Ghassan Bouz on percussions.
Lekhfa was released via Arab independent label Mostakell worldwide in September 2017 on Vinyl, CD, streaming and digital download: http://smarturl.it/Lekhfa
A major creative force and a powerful voice for her generation, Egyptian singer and songwriter Maryam Saleh composes and performs music that is personal, political and contemplative. She released her monumental debut album Mesh Baghanny (eka3, 2012), after which she joined forces with Lebanese electro-pop pioneer Zeid Hamdan to release Halawella (Mostakell 2015). Known for her muscular, alluring vocals and charismatic stage presence, stemming from being brought up in the world of theatre by her late father, theatre critic, director and writer Saad Saleh, Maryam is also celebrated for bringing the protest songs of Sheikh Imam back to life in new alternative forms through her band BarakA. She starred in many Egyptian films and TV series including Ibrahim El-Batout’s Eye of the Sun (2008) and Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City (2016).
Inspired by many influences, from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Maurice Louca’s second album Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Nawa Recordings, 2014) shattered the confines of musical and cultural labelling and was dubbed by many as a game-changer for the region’s bustling independent music scene. He went on to co-found the Dwarfs of East Agouza with Sam Shalabi and Alan Bishop, releasing their first album together to worldwide critical acclaim. Maurice is also a founding member of Alif, Karkhana and Bekya and he continues to compose for film, dance and theatre.
Tamer Abu Ghazaleh
A cross-genre composer, producer and a prolific collaborator born in Cairo to a Palestinian family, Tamer released his latest album Thulth (third), via Mostakell in 2016, earning him widespread attention for melding virtuosity with fierce experimentation in Arabic composition, songwriting and performance. In 2012 he co-founded the critically acclaimed alternative band Alif with Maurice Louca and Khyam Allami; co-produced Maryam Saleh’s debut album Mesh Baghanny in 2012; collaborated with Yacoub Abu Ghosh on his album As Blue as the Rivers of Amman in 2011; started the cross-genre group Kazamada in 2010 with Zeid Hamdan, Mahmoud Radaideh and Donia Massoud; released Thawret Ala’ (Revolution of Anxiety), a collaborative piece of musical theatre performed by Al-Tamye Theatre Group in 2008; worked with Palestinian and Egyptian artists on Jehar with Huda Asfour; collaborated in Duo Buzuq with Rabea Jubran and in Kalam Mazzika with Salam Yousry and performed on Khaled Jubran’s Psalms in 2005.
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