Ousso Lotfy has been selected as an IBANEZ Artist for electric Ibanez Guitars


Al Fanny Trading – Roland Egypt

We are proud to announce that renowned guitarist Ousso Lotfy has been selected as an IBANEZ Artist for electric Ibanez Guitars.
It is worth mentioning that Ousso is the first Egyptian guitarist to be selected as an Ibanez artist.

Ousso has been using a wide selection of Ibanez electric guitars including UV7, S5470, GB10; and very soon AZ2402 Prestige guitar.
For full Bio and Discography: http://ousso.com/

Get your Ibanez guitars at Al Fanny Trading, the main Ibanez distributor in Egypt, as well as our Ibanez official resellers.
Al Fanny Trading: www.alfanny.com

Al Fanny Trading will be organizing workshops with Ousso for Ibanez guitars. Soon we’ll be announcing these events, so stay tuned!




Cairo Scene

By Cairo Scene Team

Dec. 27, 2018

Each year, we curate a list of some of the most inspirational Egyptians who have innovated in their industries or impacted their communities in meaningful ways. These are the 18 of 2018…

Since 2015, CairoScene has closed each year by scouring not just the country, but the world, for extraordinary Egyptians. The ones breaking new ground, challenging the status quo and shaping the future. The ones solving, innovating, redefining and revolutionising their industries. This year, our search has taken us far and wide, with the list bringing together pioneering figures from the worlds of business, media, fashion and the arts, as well as one or two who defy classification altogether. These are the game-changers, the ones daring to think differently. These are 18 of the most impactful and inspiring Egyptians of 2018.


#18OF2018: THE EGYPTIANS WHO MADE WAVES THIS YEAREach year, we curate a list of some of the most inspirational Egyptians who have innovated in their industries or impacted their communities in meaningful ways. These are the people challenging the status quo, breaking new ground and daring to think differently. These are the 18 of 2018. Read more:- http://www.cairoscene.com/In-Depth/18-of-2018-the-Egyptians-who-made-waves-this-year

Posted by Cairo Scene on Thursday, December 27, 2018


Ousso Lotfy is perhaps the most in-demand guitarist in the Middle East, having played with the biggest pop stars in the region. He’s also co-founder of Nagham Masry, a member of Eftekasat and one third of rock supergroup, HOH, alongside Hany Adel from Wust El Balad and Hani el Dakkak from Massar Egbari.

His legendary status as a musician aside, Lotfy was the orchestrator of breakthrough underground festival, Save Our Sound (SOS), which gave hundreds of upcoming artists from all across the country a platform to perform in front of audiences of thousands. He has always had his heart set on creating a foundation for the Egyptian music scene to flourish and, this year, he has made even more headway.

How many talented young Egyptian musicians have been forced to put down their instruments because of pressure from their parents to ‘get a real job’, or because there was simply nowhere to perform? How many Egyptian kids could be the next ‘big thing’, but never get the opportunity to learn an instrument at all?

“There are a lot of contradictions,” he says. “If a regular person wants to be a musician, their ambition is ignored and belittled. But with a famous musician, there’s no judgement of the ambitions that led to their success,” he continues. “This society and culture do not give importance to the arts. They do not regard teaching music as a priority.”

And so Lotfy went about creating Ewsal Bel3araby, a first-of its-kind online educational platform that now has an archive of thousands of Arabic tutorial videos featuring himself and famous master musician friends providing a huge variety of lessons and jamming videos. “A lot of kids I meet approach me and are very thankful. They tell me that, without the platform, it would’ve been really hard to learn a particular instrument or particular song. That’s the goal: to help people find their dream, their calling.”

Video and photography by @MO4Network’s #MO4Productions, shot at @MO4Network Studio.

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الفصلة أونلاين

نانسي فارس، أحمد شيحا

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كام يوم وتخلص 2018 بحلوها ومرها، أكيد في ناس حبيتها وناس كرهتها، بس في ناس تانية سابت فيها بصمة. 18 شخصية حققوا نجاحات في 2018، ممكن تكون سمعت عنهم وعن نجاحهم بس ما تعرفش كتير تفاصيل رحلتهم


انجح شخصيات في 2018. بس نجحوا إزاي؟ اسمع منهم عن فشلهم قبل نجاحهم وعن الرحلة اللي وصلوا بيها للي هما فيه النهاردة.اقرأ الموضوع من هنا:elfasla.com/ArtsAndCulture/شخصيات-حققت-نجاحات-في-2018#18OF2018

Posted by El Fasla on Thursday, December 27, 2018


اوسو – موسيقي ومؤسس موقع “اوصل بالعربي” أول موقع بيعلم موسيقى بالعربي

عشان توصل وتكون شاطر ومعروف في مجال معين، لازم تكون في ناس كتير وقفت معاك وساعدتك، اتأثرت بيهم واتعلمت منهم، زي ما أكيد ناس كتير قللت منك وأحبطتك. مافيش أحسن من إنك لما توصل وتقف على أرض ثابتة، تقرر تساعد غيرك، ده اللي عمله “أوسو”، واحد من أشطر الموسيقيين في مصر، لما قرر يعمل موقع أونلاين بالعربي يعلم الناس مزيكا من خلاله وسماه “اوصل بالعربي”. بس الموقع ده ماكانش الحاجة الوحيدة المهمة اللي حصلت لأوسو في 2018، “في براند جيتارات بحبها جدًا اختارتني عشان أكون ممثل ليها في الشرق الأوسط ويدوني جيتارات بتاعتهم”

نرجع “لاوصل بالعربي”، إيه أصعب حاجة ممكن تواجه موسيقي عاوز يعلم الموسيقى للناس في كل مكان؟ بيجاوب “أوسو”: “المجتمع نفسه، في ثقافة مجتمعنا بيشوفوا أي حد بيلعب مزيكا إنه أي كلام، بس لو بقى مشهور فده حبيبنا، فمافيش أي اهتمام بتعليم الموسيقى، مع إن الناس لو اهتمت بده هناخد الشباب من حاجات تانية غلط كتير”. موسيقيين كتير تعاونوا مع أوسو في مشروعه وساعدوا في تعليم غيرهم للمزيكا، وحسب كلامه الناس اللي رفضت كان رقم لا يذكر

جايز يكون عندك مشروع ولسه ماجابش أرباحه، أو جايز مايكونلوش غرض ربحي أصلا، بس ردود أفعال الناس اللي أنت ساعدتهم هي أكتر حاجة بتعوضك عن أي تعب، تبسطك وتخليك مقرر تكمل، ده اللي حصل مع أوسو، بيقولنا: “أطفال كتير وشباب بقابلهم في كل حتة، يقولولي شكرًا جدا أنا من غير اوصل بالعربي ماكنتش هقدر اتعلم مزيكا أو اتعلم ألعب آلة معينة، أو حد أقابله يقولي أنا لما شوفت الفيديو بتاعك حسيت إن هو ده اللي عاوز أعمله في حياتي، دي أقوى حاجة ممكن تحصل وهو ده الهدف”

في 2018 قدر كمان “أوسو” يشتغل على ألبومه ويخلصه، قريب هينزل بس حتى لو مالحقش ينزل في 2018 فالسنة دي كانت سنة الإنجاز، وفي 2019 أوسو هيكمل طريقه وهيحاول ينزل أكتر ويلعب مزيكا في محافظات مصر المختلفة ويعلم ناس في المحافظات، أما الحاجة اللي ممكن ينصح اللي عاوزين يدخلوا المجال ده هي: “من غير ما أحول الموضوع لدراما يعني، اللي بيضحي أكتر بيوصل أكتر، عشان المجال ده بيحتاج تضحية”

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Photography by Mahmoud El-Beleehy

Ägyptisches Online-Portal Ewsal Bel3araby


Tonart | Beitrag vom 31.10.2018

Ägyptisches Online-Portal Ewsal Bel3arabyKostenlose Musikschule für die arabische Welt

Von Cornelia Wegerhoff

In der arabischen Welt fehlt es an guten Lehrern für das Erlernen von Musikinstrumenten. Die Website „Ewsal Bel3araby“ bietet nun kostenlosen Unterricht. Der Initiator, ein ägyptischer Gitarrist, ließ dafür seine Kontakte spielen.

Für Mo`men Hassan ist ein Traum in Erfüllung gegangen. Der Bassist spielt als professioneller Musiker in mehreren ägyptischen Bands. Das Lieblingsgenre des 24-Jährigen ist Progressive Rock, aber auch Oriental Fusion gehören zu seinem Repertoire.

Mo`men Hassan kommt aus Alexandria. Nach Kairo ist das Ägyptens zweitgrößte Stadt mit mehr als acht Millionen Einwohnern, also etwa so viele wie in London. Aber musikalisch fühlte sich Mo`men anfangs trotzdem ziemlich einsam:

„Ich habe 2013 angefangen, Bassgitarre zu spielen. Aber in Alexandria haben wir dafür keine Lehrer. Es gibt überhaupt nur zwei oder drei Leute, die das Instrument spielen, aber sie unterrichten nicht. Ich hab ein bisschen auf Youtube rumgeschaut. Aber da habe ich auch nicht so richtig das gefunden, was ich gesucht habe. Erst nach einem Jahr habe ich dann die Website entdeckt. Das hat alles verändert.“

„Erreiche dein Ziel auf Arabisch“

Die Website heißt Ewsal Bel3araby, das bedeutet „Erreiche dein Ziel auf Arabisch“. Seit zwei Jahren werden hier nicht nur kostenlos Bassgitarren-Stunden angeboten, sondern auch Noten- und Harmonielehre und Lektionen für 14 weitere Instrumente: Violine, Oud, Keyboard, Schlagzeug und viele mehr.

„Wenn Du Ewsal Bel3arabi anklickst, wirst Du eine Menge über Musik erfahren“, verspricht der Online-Coach im Tutorial. „Lass uns schauen, was es alles gibt“, lädt er die Nachwuchsmusiker vor dem Bildschirm ein. Damit ist der Traum von Ousso wahr geworden.

Der 40-Jährige ist ebenfalls Bassgitarrist, aber schon seit mehr als 20 Jahren einer der erfolgreichsten in Ägypten. Ousso ist außerdem Musikproduzent und der Initiator von „Ewsal Bel3araby“. Er sagt:

„Dieses Projekt wurde im August 2016 eingeführt. Aber die Idee hatte ich schon seit 2009. Da habe ich ein Festival organisiert und bin durch die unterschiedlichen Regionen von Ägypten getourt. Dabei traf ich eine Reihe wirklich großartiger Musiker, die aber keine Chance hatten, sich weiterzuentwickeln, weil sie kein Englisch sprechen. In den Bezirken fehlt es außerdem überall an Musiklehrern. Also habe ich mir überlegt, online etwas auf Arabisch anzubieten und umsonst.“

Doch mittlerweile sind zu den unterschiedlichsten Instrumenten mehr als 1400 Videos abrufbar. Ousso hat dafür persönlich quer durch die gesamte ägyptische Musikszene telefoniert:

„Ich habe alle berühmten Instrumentalisten bekommen. Das sind die, die in den bekannten großen ägyptischen Bands spielen und auch mit einigen der älteren Popstars. Wenn ich die Leute nicht alle gekannt hätte, hätten die alle ordentlich Honorar für eine Session von mir verlangt. Aber die meisten haben gar kein Geld dafür genommen.“

Vom Musiker zum Online-Coach

Auch Hany El Badry ist so unverhofft zum Online-Coach geworden. Er ist ein Virtuose auf der Nay, der orientalischen Flöte.

An eine spezielle Lehrmethode müssen sich die Musiker in ihren Videos nicht halten, sagt Ousso, der selbst am Musikcollege von Berklee in den USA studiert hat. Jeder Künstler habe seine ganz eigene Art, sein Instrument und seine Spieltechnik zu erläutern. Aber auf der Website gebe es Empfehlungen, in welcher Reihenfolge, die Videos gesehen werden sollen.

Ousso bespricht mit Rofaida Rady, der Managerin seiner Produktionsfirma, die täglichen E-Mails. Fast 6000 Nutzer sind derzeit bei „Ewsal Bel3araby“ registriert. Doch E-Mails kommen aus der ganzen Welt. Besonders talentierte Online-Musikschüler werden regelmäßig zu Workshops nach Kairo eingeladen. Rofaida prüft die aktuelle Bewerberliste:

„Sie bewerben sich mit einem Solo und wir suchen die größten Talente heraus. Sie kommen dann sechs Monate lang jedes Wochenende zu uns nach Kairo, zu Workshops und Einzelunterricht mit ihren Lehrern. Wir finanzieren das mit Hilfe von Sponsoring. Unterricht und Unterkunft sind umsonst. Die Teilnehmer müssen dafür nichts bezahlen.“

Auch Mo`men Hassan aus Alexandria war in einer dieser Talentschmieden. Mit den Musikern, die er zuerst nur aus dem Internet kannte, ist er inzwischen befreundet. Statt auf verlorenem Posten steht Mo`men nun mit seiner Bassgitarre auf der Bühne: „Ich bin froh, dass ich heute hier bin.“




Scene Noise

By Tucker Mcgee

Dec. 24, 2017

Ousso Lotfy is not only the Middle East’s biggest guitarist, a member of Nagham Masry, HOH and Eftekasat, and the man behind the legendary SOS music festival, but now he is on a mission to educate and musically invigorate Egypt’s youth through his Ewsal Bel3araby and El Sellem Projects.

Walking into Ousso Lotfy’s extensive but homey studio, it quickly became evident that he is no ordinary guitarist. Yet Ousso’s personality does not bely the level of success he has achieved; he is gracious, humble and warm.

Ousso Lotfy is perhaps the most in demand guitarist in the Middle East. Though currently playing or having played with the biggest pop stars in the region (after our interview he hopped on a plane to Dubai to play a show with Angham), this is not where his heart lies: he has been integral in building the Egyptian music scene since the mid ‘90s, is the cofounder of bands Nagham Masry and HOH, and a member of Eftekasat.

Ousso Lotfy: Egypt's Musical Guardian Angel

Ousso Lotfy is not only perhaps the Middle East’s most in demand guitarist, but he is an educator and entrepreneur with a huge heart, that since the beginning of his career until now, has been putting everything into growing the music scene in Egypt. In the past it was SOS music festival, and now it is his online education platform, Ewsal Bel3araby – اوصل بالعربي…and it doesn’t stop there. It was inspiring to sit with Ousso and hear him muse on his passions past, future and present.Read more: http://scenenoise.com/Interviews/ousso-lotfy-egypts-musical-caretakerVideo by MO4 Network

Posted by Scene Noise on Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Beyond being a guitarist, Ousso is also a composer, producer and sound engineer. He did his masters at Berklee College of Music in Valencia where he collaborated with musicians the likes of Victor Wooten, and spent a summer teaching guitar there. Additionally, Ousso was the orchestrator of the breakthrough underground festival in Egypt, Save Our Sound (SOS), which gave hundreds of upcoming artists a platform to perform in front of audiences of thousands. Though this ended, it gave birth to another project of Ousso’s.

Ewsal Bel3araby is a phenomenal online educational platform providing a huge variety of lessons from Egypt’s master musicians, the “mafia” as he calls them. Additionally, there are videos of these musicians jamming together, along with venue and event listings, artist profiles and more. The other side of this project is El Sellem, in which Ousso selects young artists from each of Cairo’s governorates and brings them to study with teachers in Cairo on a bi-weekly basis, free of charge, in an attempt to cultivate a professional and inspired network of musicians around the country. This project is unprecedented in Egypt and the scope is monumental; leave it to Ousso to bring something like this to fruition – the second student graduation show of the El Sellem program just took place.

As we sat with Ousso in his studio and talked with him about this impressive list of projects, it became obvious that his dedication to his vision of a musical Egypt runs deep. Recently, he worked with the RBMA Jamhoureya project to facilitate collaboration between four Cairene electronic producers and traditional musicians around Egypt. So much more than a musician, Ousso is an entrepreneur, and his sincere zeal and attentiveness to the musical vitality of Egypt’s youth is tremendously inspiring. It is without doubt that the music scene in Egypt would not be where it is without Ousso’s passion.




Scene Noise

Photo credit: Mohab Abdeen – MO4 Network

Dec. 09, 2017

Ousso Lotfy’s amazing El Sellem project from his education platform Ewsal Bel3araby brings kids from various governorates of Egypt to Cairo on a bimonthly basis to study with master musicians. This was the second graduation show of the group. Experimental oud player Bal Qeis followed up.


Famous Egyptian guitarist participates in film’s trailer song


Egypt Today

By Egypt Today Staff

Sept. 3, 2017

Renowned Egyptian guitarist Ousso Lotfy, also known as Mohamed Lotfy, participated in a joint song composition with Mahmoud El Esseily and Assalah in the official theme song of the film ‘El Khaleyah’ (The Cell), according to Lotfy’s statement on Saturday.

The song which is entitled, ‘Kheer Wi Shar’ (Good and Evil) was composed by Ehab Abdelwahed and the lyrics were written by Amir Teima. Lotfy plays the guitar throughout the trailer song.

He is one of the rising guitarists and composers in the music scene. He shared the stage with many leading artists such as Mohammed Mounir, Angham, and Amr Diab.

‘El Khaleyah’ is currently the top film in Eid El Adha’s film season. It was directed by Tarek El Erian and was written by Salah El Geheiny.

The film stars Ahmed Ezz, Amina Khalil, Samer Al Masry and Mohamed Mamdouh.


Ousso: The Region’s Leading Musical Icon Talks Amr Diab, Satanism And The Independent Music Scene


Scoop Empire

By Mohamed Rashad

Aug. 10, 2017

We here at Scoop Empire are starting #AScoopOfSuccess, a series of interviews with successful Arabs that are kicking ass and making names on a regional, as well as international level in different fields. And since I’m really passionate about music, I thought it would be best to start with one of the region’s most leading icons in that field.

Thus, the first interview as you might have already guessed is with the pioneering artist; Ousso.

If you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea who I’m talking about, let me enlighten you. He is one of the most talented and hardworking guitarists in the Middle East. His success spans in the independent and mainstream music scenes, as well as entrepreneurial and academic fields.

Ousso has immensely contributed and influenced the music industry in the region and helped so many struggling artists develop a career out of their unheard talents. If you’d like to know more about him — which you should definitely do — before reading the interview, head to his website.

What’s the difference between working with the underground and mainstream artists? Which side do you prefer working with?

The underground music scene is no longer underground, it’s more accurate to label it as the independent music scene. What I enjoy working with more is, of course, the independent scene. But to be honest, you learn way more from the mainstream scene. Artists from the mainstream scene are beasts.

You learn how to manage yourself as an artist from someone like Amr Diab, learn how your charisma can influence a 100,000 audience while performing alongside Mohamed Mounir.

Practicing and improvising in large studios and performing in front of thousands of people was more accessible through the mainstream scene, before the underground scene started booming. Also, back in the days, we’d invest in our indie bands from the money we earned from the mainstream — that happened due to the fact that the profits of indie music were close to zero.

Nowadays, independent artists could be labeled as neo-mainstream (commercials and brands sponsorship, etc), and there’s nothing shameful about that because each artist deserves to earn a living from their talent.

Of all the projects you’ve worked with, which one is the closest to your heart, and which one are you proud of the most? 

Nagham Masry is hands down my favorite project of all time. This Jazz/Rock fusion band with poetic lyrics is the project I’ve developed as an artist and will always be proud of.

There was also a project called Music Matbakh that was created by the British Council; where they chose two musicians from seven countries and created a band of 15 musicians. It was a fun experience as musicians from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and UK cooperated to create this one of a kind music fusion. This project did a tour in all of the mentioned countries and performed in SOS while in Egypt.

Last but not least, HOH has a special place in my heart as well, as this project was literally just an outing between me, Hany Adel (West el Balad) and Hani El Dakkak (Massar Egbari) which we turned into a band.

What would you see yourself doing if you weren’t in the music industry?

Definitely something related to airplanes like military aviator, or car racing. I’ve been passionate about those two things ever since I was a young kid. I’ve even tried taking gliding courses once.

Since your very first band was a metal band, how did the demonization of the metal scene affect your development as a musician in the mid-90s?

I was in a total shock when that happened. The scene in the early ’90s was amazing on so many levels, and it all fell apart because an unethical reporter at Rosalyoussef decided to fabricate an article to boost the company’s sales. At that time, there were no social media platforms to explain to people the reality that got fabricated by his article; so people actually believed that the metal scene revolved around Satanism.

It was a total mess, a lot of my friends got arrested and everyone started cutting their hair. I was just totally depressed. However, that incident affected my development as a musician in a very huge way. The owner of the studio that I used to jam in, Nasser Begato, started convincing me to start working and connected me to Samira Saeid’s band, one day before her performance in “Layaly El Television“.

I just participated in one jamming session before the gig, and I was ready. It was because of that concert that I started having a lot of connections that helped me work in the mainstream music field.

How did you contribute to connecting the gap between mainstream and independent music scenes? 

Back in the day, I was the only guitarist who dabbled in the arts of independent and mainstream scenes at the same time. I was the first guitarist to re-introduce the fast solos and distortion in the mainstream music scene after it was banned during the demonization of the metal scene.

It all started with a solo in Amr Diab’s Khaliny Gambak. The solo was released in his album as an instrumental track which was a phenomena that never happened to a Diab album before. With El Hadaba being the role model that he is to most artists in his scene, naturally, the whole scene approached me for similar solos.

In a different manner, I started a company with Amr Diab’s former manager that also helped to bridge that gap. What it did was basically recruit independent artists to perform alongside mainstream artists to help them profit from their talents.

Afterwards, I decided to severe my ties with mainstream music in order to focus all my energy to push the indie scene forward; thus creating the SOS music festival. Me and my team helped organize 19 SOS festivals between September 2006 and December 2009.

What’s the difference between SOS and Ewsal Bel 3araby

In simple terms, SOS is a music festival for independent artists playing original music, and Ewsal Bel 3araby is a platform for independent Arabic music. At a certain time, SOS influenced a lot of people who are passionate about music to start playing, that was because every artist that was capable of playing 30 minutes of original music would perform in SOS. Some attended the first SOS as listeners, and ended up being performers afterwards.

As time passed, the quality sadly started to drop as musicians couldn’t profit much more from indie music. A lot of good bands broke up because their members graduated and needed to start a safercareer. Thus, Ewsal Bel 3araby came to fix the limitations we found in SOS. It basically tries to create a networking platform for musicians, and the project adopted by Ewsal Bel 3araby (El Sellem) tries to adopt musical talents from different governorates of Egypt; it gives them workshops and helps them start a career out of their talents. Something this country and region desperately needs.

Any crazy stories from your time studying and teaching at the Berklee College of Music in Spain?

“Crazy” stories in Spain aren’t media-friendly, but I’ll try to remember the most PG-13 one. I was asked to teach a guitar course on the same day I graduated by Victor Mendoza, the program director of our college. The same program director also asked me to do a solo performance as an opening to Diego El Cigala; one of Spain’s most popular flamenco singers.

Where do you draw the line between being an artist and an entrepreneur? 

I only see myself as an artist. But as you know artists in Egypt need to be entrepreneurs to manage themselves. “Not enough venues; let’s organize a festival” attitude. Everyone in the indie scene should work together to elevate the whole industry, and that’s the initiative I took.

As the leading guitarist in the Middle East, and the success you have already acquired in the mainstream, underground, academic and entrepreneurial fields; are there any goals that you still have in mind? 

Firstly, I wouldn’t like to be labeled as the “leading” guitarist in the Middle East, simple because there are a lot of guitarists that I consider better than me. You also can’t compare guitarists who play different styles and genres with one another. Secondly, I have a lot of goals that I still work and long for, such as releasing solo albums (a step that is going to be taken very soon), going on a world tour with my own music, writing music for an orchestra, and wishing more success for Ewsal Bel 3araby.