Tuesday / September 20, 2016 / 8 p.m.
Egyptian Baladi & Blues
To a certain set of devotees, Hossam Ramzy is the very essence of world percussion. Among those disciples are Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Chick Corea, Joe Bonamassa, Shakira, and Jay-Z, who represent a fraction of the stars this renowned darbuka (Egyptian tabla) player has worked with in his storied career. With the strains that emanate from Saudi Bedouin camps and Egyptian baladi—the urban folk and dance music that is his native tongue—Ramzy fuses sounds from around the world in performances that are expansive and earthy, overflowing with mesmerizing rhythms. An international cohort of like-minded musicians (Emile Bassili on violin, Gamil Awad on keyboard, Fakhry on nay flute, and Said Fahmny on percussion) backs him for an intoxicating evening.
Join us from 7:00 to 7:30 for a free pre-show talk between Hossam Ramzy and Larry Stockton, head of Lafayette’s Department of Music.