Blessing with a beat: Nour Project features Mahmoud Badrawy in a new video-clip Al-Rezzq

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Ahram Online

By Ati Metwaly

June 21st, 2019

Following “Sina” and “Routine”, “Al-Rezzq” is the third track to be shared in video form out of the Nour Project’s 10-track The First Album, and features musician Mahmoud Badrawy

 

Nour

(Photo: still from the video clip Al-Rezzq)

Led by the well-known Egyptian saxophonist Nour Ashour, the independent band Nour Project teamed up with musician Mahmoud Badrawy for the single “Al-Rezzq” (Blessing), releasing a video on YouTube on 12 June 2019. Following “Sina” (released on YouTube last year) and “Routine” (released last February), “Al-Rezzq” is the third track to be shared in video form out of the Nour Project’s 10-track The First Album.

Here as elsewhere in the album the music is light-hearted and the lyrics touch on simple issues in every Egyptian’s life. The lyrics to the song are written by Ahmed Shabaka, and they stress the idea of blessings coming to those who remain active and productive. Compared in the song to something sweet (as in pleasant or positive), God blesses those who keep working and doing good deeds rather than those who just wait for them.

Recorded at Vibe for Developing Arts, the music for “Al-Rezzq” was composed by Mahmoud Badrawy, who also performs the song and, dressed as a waiter at a traditional coffee shop, is the video’s protagonist.

The song was arranged by Nour Project in collaboration with Badrawy to produce a cheerful and rhythmic, Dixieland-like feel in the alley where the video is set, with a light “oom-pah” coming from the brass instruments and Ashour’s saxophone. This is supplemented by Ousso Lotfy and Ahmed Darbala on guitar, Wael Badrawy on piano, Fadi Badr on keyboards, Muhammad Nabil on percussions, Azeema on tabla (darbouka), Marwan Wahid on drums and Badrawy’s vocals.

The joyful and spontaneous feel of the music is supported by the video’s depiction of everything and everyone: vendors and their booths, young men playing ping-pong, others watching television, men chatting while smoking shisha and children happily running around. All those buoyant qualities are underlined by simple graphics.

Unlike the previous two songs, “Sina” and “Routine”, which focus on Nour Project’s own members, “Al-Rezzq” features Mahmoud Badrawy and is the first collaboration with him. Badrawy reveals that originally Nour Project chose Kom El Dikka neighborhood in Alexandria for the video’s location. However, due to some unforeseen technical issues the shooting was repeated at Cairo’s Abdel Aziz Mahmoud Street in Ein Shams.

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(Photo: still from the video clip Al-Rezzq)

The location differs substantially from that of the “Sina” video clip which, not surprisingly, was shot in the Sinai Peninsula, or “Routine” which places the Nour Project on the streets of Cologne, Germany.

Badrawy recalls the process of the song entering the Nour Project’s repertoire saying that he has composed “Al-Rezzq” in 2015 and performed it on the acoustic guitar and with some arrangement in different venues across Egypt. In 2017, encouraged by Ahmad Mohamed Sakran (known in the field as Siko, general manager of Vibe for Developing Arts, the studio that co-produced the Nour Project’s The First Album), Badrawy spoke with Ashour who was immediately interested in the single.

“Nour had listened to many of my compositions, but ‘Al-Rezzq’ has grabbed his attention in a particular way,” Badrawy explains.

“Nour Project further developed the arrangement. Moreover, Nour suggested including ‘Al-Rezzq’ in the band’s album on which he had already been working. I found the idea and the whole process very interesting.”

Rezzq

(Photo: still from the video clip Al-Rezzq)

In his conversation, Badrawy repeatedly underlines the joy he drew from his collaboration with Nour Project and his gratitude for many people involved in recording and shooting “Al-Rezzq”.

“I always enjoy working with Ahmed Shabaka whose lyrics inspired many of my compositions. I have to underline great efforts exerted by the director Ahmed Sayed Mekkawi who was always very passionate and supportive, and Osama Ali whose graphics added an amazing visual effect to the clip. I thank the musicians, the crew, many people involved in the song-making process, not to forget Siko’s professional and personal help throughout Al-Rezzq’s production.”

An engineering graduate of the late 2000s, Badrawy did not stay long in his profession. Since 2014 he dedicated himself to music.

With a strong interest in jazz, rock and funk music, Badrawy nonetheless declares, “I am basically Egyptian, and I also listen to many well known singers from Egypt’s Golden Age. This amalgam of musical cultures allows me to find my own voice, while my compositions carry elements of everything I am interested in or are purely enveloped in one musical genre.”

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(Photo: still from the video clip Al-Rezzq)

Coming from a family involved in music though not performing publicly on a regular basis, Badrawy was practically the first in his immediate environment to approach music professionally. Recently, he signed a long-term contract with the Cairo Groove artistic production company which had already supported the production of his four songs.

With his well-established career in the field, Nour Ashour has become among the most sought-after saxophonists with performances in many venues in Egypt and internationally. Among his projects is his years of collaboration with the renowned singer Mohamed Mounir (referred to as “The King”). Among his many other endeavors, it is also worth shedding light on Crash Boom Bang, a highly energetic live party music band.

The 10-track album is, as the title states it bluntly, the first such endeavor by the well-known band. For this article, Ashour was unable to comment directly on “Al-Rezzq” and The First Album due to his current concerts in France. However, in an interview published in Ahram Online in February 2019, Ashour clarified that he would consecutively release the video clips of each song on YouTube.

Rezzq

(Photo: still from the video clip Al-Rezzq)

He added that the album also includes songs such as “Helwa Halawa” (Very Pretty), about the pleasures of living simply, “Hazeen” (Sad), a song he composed many years ago and remade with Nour Project, “Feena” (Inside Us), “Moftah Al-Farag” (Key of Light) and “Feena Al-Kheir” (The Good Inside Us).

Badrawy and Nour Project is definitely an interesting combination of talents, equally beneficial for both parties. There is also a common link between the two musicians. In numerous interviews with Nour Ashour and in my recent meeting with Badrawy, the importance of continuous creative development while remaining receptive to all genres of music is mentioned repeatedly.

Contact with different musical vocabularies happens through both artists’ wide range of interests while their development happens on many levels, including artistic collaborations.

“The most important thing for an artist is development; you have to be persistent. Listen to all kinds of music as this adds to your knowledge; keep your eyes and ears open,” Ashour mentioned in the aforementioned interview. In our conversation, Badrawy echoes his words, saying that he welcomes all kind of creative endeavors and loves to initiate them himself.

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(Photo: still from the video clip Al-Rezzq)

فرقة إتش أو إتش تمثل مصر فى مهرجان موسيقى البلد بالأردن

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اليوم السابع

مصطفى فاروق

١٥ يونيو ٢٠١٩

تستعد فرقة إتش أو إتش لشد الرحال  إلى المملكة الأردنية، لإحياء أولى حفلاتها الغنائية ضمن فعاليات مهرجان موسيقى البلد، وذلك على مسرح الأوديون فى قلب العاصمة عمان، فى التاسعة والنصف مساء الثلاثاء 25 يونيو

تعد إتش أو إتش أكثر التجارب الغنائية لفتًا للانتباه فى ساحة الموسيقى البديلة مؤخرًا، والوحيدة التى بدأت “ناجحة” ولها قاعدة جماهيرية حتى قبل أن تتشكل، إذ تحتضن ثلاثة من أشهر أيقونات الموسيقى بمصر، هانى عادل من فرقة وسط البلد وهانى الدقاق من فرقة مسار إجباري، مع الموسيقى أوسو لطفي، وتعتمد على مزج خبرات الثلاثى الموسيقية معًا فى بروجكت واحد، وتمثل الفرقة الوسط الموسيقى المصرى فى المهرجان الأردنى بكونها الفرقة المصرية الوحيدة فى برمجة هذا العام

ويعد موسيقى البلد أحد أقدم المهرجانات الموسيقية فى الساحة الأردنية، يبرمج فعالياته مرة كل عامين، ويهدف بالأساس لتسليط الضوء على التجارب الموسيقية فى الداخل الأردنى وترويجها مع مزجها بخبرات من التجارب العربية البارزة فى العالم العربى، ليس فقط بالحفلات وإنما باللقاءات والجلسات الحوارية فيما بينهم، التى يتيحها برنامج “الخبراء” الذى يقدمه المهرجان هذا العام، بهدف إتاحة الفرصة للفنانين والموسيقيين والمهتمين بالمشهد الثقافى والموسيقى بلقاء نخبة من الخبراء والمنتجين وكبار الفنانين ومدراء المهرجانات الدولية لتناقش الاتجاهات الموسيقية الجديدة وتبادل الأفكار والرؤى الفنية

ويحتضن المهرجان فى دورته السادسة هذا العام باقة موسيقية منوعة من المذاقات الموسيقية العربية الجديدة، من مصر والجزائر ولبنان وتونس وفلسطين، تقدم على مسرحى الأوديون والمدرج الرومانى فى عمان، بداية من المشاركات الأردنية لفرق المربع وأيلول ويزن صرايرة وغائم جزئى والمشاركات العربية لكل من فرج سليمان ودى جام ومشاركة خاصة لفرقة تريو جبران فى ختام المهرجان، إضافة إلى الإطلالات الدولية لكل من المطربة اللبنانية تانيا صالح والتونسية غالية بنعلى وكايا تبسيان من كندا

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إياد مجدي

٦ مارس ٢٠١٩

“وحياتنا حفلة، ما إحنا اصلا فنانين”

جملة كافية لوصف توليفة نور بروجيكت، اللي بتجمع بين أمهر الموسيقيين في مصر. ٦ موسيقيين و ٦ آلات مختلفة بيطلعوا مزيكا ب تناغم ملوش مثيل و كمان بيصنعوا أغانيهم بنفسهم.

نور بروجيكت فرقة مصرية مستقلة تم تأسيسها في القاهرة عام ٢٠١٣ و اللي أسسها نور عاشور عازف الساكسفون المشهور وضم معاه موسيقيين محترفين بخلفيات موسيقية مختلفة زي، اوسو لطفي (جيتار)، وائل بدراوى (كيبورد)، محمد نبيل (إيقاع)، فادي بدر (قانون)، مراون زكي (درامز)، و دة علشان يخلقوا حالة موسيقية مش بس تخلي اللي يسمعها يستمتع، لا دة كمان تلمس قلبه.

لو هنتكلم عن نوع المزيكا اللي بيقدموها، صعب جدا نحددها بنوع معين. الخليط الموسيقي اللي بيقدموه و اللي بيجمع بين أنواع موسيقية كتير زي، الجاز والفانك و كمان بأجواء ثقافية مختلفة زي الشرقي والأفريقي والغربي، بيثبت قد ايه مدى الموهبة و الإحترافية اللي يمتلكوها و كمان مدى طموحهم.

الفكرة من تأسيس الفرقة بشكل عام، هو مش بس انهم يخلوا الجمهور يسمع مزيكتهم ،لا كمان يحسوا بيها ويخلقوا وسيلة للتواصل بينهم من خلال كلمات ملهمة تشجعهم على إكتشاف تفاصيل جديدة فى الحياة، لأن الكلمات مش بتعكس توجهات الفرقة بل تجارب بيعيشها اغلب الناس.

الفرقة شاركت في العديدة من المهرجانات برة و جوة مصر، و في الفترة الأخيرة اطلقوا البوم “أول ألبوم” و اللي من اسمه هو اول ألبوم بيقدموه، و من الأغاني الجميلة فيه أغنية “الروتين.

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

Posted by Scene Noise on Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Find out more about Ousso and the album here.

Purchase and Download 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.