Egyptian guitarist Ousso Lotfy releases album ‘Khashab & Kahraba’

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Ahram Online

By Eslam Omar

Feb. 21, 2019

‘Khashab & Kahraba’ is a literal translation of ‘Wood & Electricity’, describing acoustic and electric guitar types

Successful Egyptian guitarist Ousso Lotfy has announced the release of his new album, ‘Khashab & Kaharaba’, urging fans to listen to it on various internet platforms, thanking dozens of artists for their support.

The 15-track album is “an Arabic jazz fusion album experience recorded with a diverse selection of guitars. Most of the compositions are recorded and arranged twice, exploring different arrangements and guitars,” Lotfy stated.

“‘Khashab & Kahraba’ is a literal translation of ‘Wood & Electricity’. In the Egyptian music scene it is a reference to electric and acoustic guitars and is the first question you are asked when you identify yourself as a guitarist,” the artist said, adding: “Ninety-nine percent of the guitars are made of wood while all recordings are done with mics, preamps and mixers, hence the electricity. So basically, everything comes down to ‘Khashab & Kahraba.'”

The founder of SOS Music Festival (2006-2010) and Ewsal bel3araby (2016), Ousso is an icon of the country’s alternative music scene, co-founding successful bands like Nagham Masry and HOH (with Wust El-Balad’s Hani Adel and Hani El-Dakak of Masar Egbari), as well as being a member of Eftekasat and several other bands.

“When composing a track, in my head I always imagine a vast variety of options, so I decided to experiment with some of it in this album,” Lotfy said.

Lotfy, who started recording the album in 2013 while at Berklee Valencia Studios, put the project on hold for four years due to his engagement in various projects before finally resuming at his studio in Cairo.

Lotfy thanked dozens of artists who collaborated and supported his album at Berklee Valencia and in Cairo, offering special thanks to Lebanese bassist Andre Segone “for encouragement, support, the love and passion of music, and the incredible bass lines in this album.”

Each track of ‘Khashab & Kahraba’ is visually designed by the founders of artistic retail store Earth, artists Mohamed Aref and Hoda Ismail, who expressed delight in participating in the album.

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Khashab W Kahraba: Middle East’s Leading Guitarist, Ousso Lotfy, Just Released His Newest Album!

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Scoop Empire

By Mohamed Rashed

Feb. 21, 2019

My love and passion for music started at a very young age. I remember creating schedules for all the cool concerts taking place and save for the ones I wanted to attend. One concert I remember very well was the very last S.O.S festival, where I first saw the leading guitarist in the region, Ousso Lotfy, performing with Eftekasat.

Being the fan that I am, Ousso Lotfy releasing his latest album ‘Khashab W Kahraba’ was great news for me, and I have to say, you must check it out!

‘Khashab W Kahraba’ is an Arabic jazz fusion album experience that was recorded with a diverse selection of guitars. The album’s composition is recorded and arranged twice, exploring different arrangements and guitars. Ousso started recording the album back in 2013 during his masters in Valencia, but paused for four years because of different projects he was working on, and finally decided to finish his album this year.

Ousso is the mastermind behind ‘Ewsal Bel 3araby’, the most complete Arabic platform for aspiring and accomplished musicians. He’s also a part of HOH band with Massar Egbari’s Hany El Dakak and Wust El Balad’s Hany Adel. Ousso is the strongest link between the independent and mainstream music scenes in Egypt.

He was and is part of some of the best independent music bands like Nagham Masry, Eftekasat, and he also performed alongside the best musicians in the mainstream scene like Mohamed Mounir and Amr Diab.

WE SAID THIS: Check out ‘Khashab W Kahraba’ on Anghami, Spotify, and iTunes!

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LEGENDARY EGYPTIAN GUITARIST OUSSO LOTFY DROPS NEW ALBUM ‘KHASHAB W KAHRABA’

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Scene Noise

By Scene Noise Team

Feb. 20, 2019

Ousso Lotfy is perhaps the most in demand guitarist in the Middle East. Aside from touring with the biggest pop stars in the region he’s also been integral in building the Egyptian music scene since the mid ‘90s. Beyond being a guitarist, Ousso is also a composer, producer, sound engineer and founder of online tutorial platform Ewsal Bel3araby.

Ousso finally released his new album Khashab w Kahraba (Translated: Wood & Electricity) after six years of working on it. The Arabic jazz fusion experience’s concept lies behind its name, as every song in it was recorded twice, once on an acoustic guitar (wood), and the other on an electric guitar (electricity).

Ousso Lotfy – Khashab & Kahraba

Prolific Egyptian guitarist Ousso Lotfy drops long awaited 'Khashab & Kahraba' album. Think unparalleled jazz fusion with an extreme exploration of guitar arrangements.الجيتارست المصري اوسو لطفي نزل ألبومه المنتظر 'خشب و كهرباء' اللي بيستوحي من الجاز و رغبة اوسو الشخصية في إكتشاف أبعاد قطع الغيتار المعقدة.Listen to the full album / إسمع الالبوم كامل هناhttp://scenenoise.com/News/legendary-egyptian-guitarist-ousso-lotfy-drops-new-album-khashab-w-kahraba

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Find out more about Ousso and the album here.

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Ousso Lofty proudly release’s his new album “Khashab w Kahraba”

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Ousso Lofty proudly release’s his new album “Khashab w Kahraba”.

“An Arabic jazz fusion album experience recorded with a diverse selection of guitars, most of the compositions are recorded and arranged twice exploring different arrangements and guitars”.

Visit http://ousso.com/khashab-w-kahraba/ to listen to the full album and for more information about “khashab & Kahraba”.
For album purchase and download please visit http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/ousso
Full album is also available on iTunes, Anghami and Spotify.

“I started recording this album back in 2013 during my masters in berklee Valencia, it was then paused for 4 years of which I did Ewsal Bel3araby – اوصل بالعربي platform, HOH band, event management and organising, several tours, recordings and restarted my life from scratch. Until I decided it was time to resume the album.” – Ousso Lotfy.

Thank you to all the people who contributed to the success of this album.