ON DRUMS WITH TAMER ABU GHAZALEH

Khyam Allami at DimaJazz 2015 in Algeria with Tamer Abu Ghazaleh

I just got back from Algeria after a great concert with Tamer. It took place in the beautiful city of Constantine for DimaJazz Festival. Amazing response from an audience of 2000 people (sold out!).

A couple of months ago, Tamer gave a really good showcase at Womex 2015 and they’ve recently released a video for it, which you can watch here. The wonderful Oshtoora festival people also recently released a video from our performance there back in April, watch it here.

THE FIRST LABYRINTHS / MATĀHĀT SERIES GOES OFF TO A GREAT START IN LONDON, CAIRO AND BEIRUT!

Labyrinths / Matāhāt is a series of international music events across London, Cairo and Beirut co-produced by Nawa Recordings and 33:33 – the team behind London’s acclaimed St John Sessions. In partnership with The Wire, Boiler Room, and Ma3azef. The series will develop further in 2016. Stay tuned.

We launched the series with three events earlier this year to a great response from audiences and artists alike. The Cairo double bill on 22 Oct featuring Helm followed by Maurice Louca was a huge success. It was the first time for Maurice to perform Salute the Parrot in its most ambitious set up, with many of the musicians featured in his monumental album performing live.

A couple of weeks later, the series arrived in London on the 3rd of November with Lubomyr Melnyk + Kamilya Jubran & Sarah Murcia’s Nhaoul UK debut at St John in Hackney. Then in Beirut, it was Rhys Chatham first concert in Lebanon and a great show for Karkhana (Sharif Sehnaoui, Sam Shalabi, Maurice Louca, Umut Çağlar, Tony Elieh and Özün Usta).

My first “Best Film Music Award”!

Baya Medhaffer at La Baule

Very happy to share that on Saturday, Leyla Bouzid’s A peine j’ouvre les yeux – As I Open My Eyes – على حلّة عيني received another 3 awards at Festival Cinéma & Musique de Film de La Baule in France for Best Film, Best Female Actress (joint prize for Baya and Ghalia) and the Best Music award – my first award of the kind. Baya Medhaffar collected the awards on our behalf. Congratulations to all!