#WaraElMazzika: Insights, Plans, And A 360 Music Platform From Legendary Guitarist, Ousso Lotfy


In this edition of #WaraElMazzika, we have an exclusive one-on-one with Ousso Lotfy, one of the most accomplished musicians in the region. Ousso Lotfy has been the guitarist with some of the biggest musicians in the Arab World like Mohamed Mounir.

He also founded some of the most exciting bands that helped shape the local music scene like HOH, Nagham Masry, and Eftekasat. Not to mention that he’s the founder of SOS Music Festival, Ewsal Bel Arabi, and will soon be launching a 360 Music Platform called Tafatifi.


We got to talk with the legendary guitarist about his latest release ‘Howa Lazem’, and discussed the launch of his new platform Tafatifi. Follow our hashtag #WaraElMazzika for more exclusives from the music scene.

Talk to us about your latest platform Tafatifi.

Tafatifi is a re-branded version of our old platform Ewsal bel3araby in a mobile application format. It is a 360 music platform that provides Music Edutainment and Networking opportunities.

When is it expected to be launched?

On the 25th of September we will launch the beta version application to test the new features and get feedback from our target audience.

What are the core differences between Tafatifi and Ewsal Bel Arabi?

Tafatifi is an upgraded version of Ewsal bel3araby with better organizational structure format and offering new features such as user progress tracking on educational courses as well as new entertaining content and song learning.

Where do you want to take the platform?

We want this platform to become Egypt’s go to hub for anything regarding music.

Since Tafaratifi aims to be a 360 music platform, how can non-musicians use it and for what?

Non musicians can video stream original entertaining music content as well as find an updated calendar for all the live events taking place across Egypt with an online booking feature to be added in the near future.

How do you pick the coaches on the platform and what does each one put on the table?

Our coaches and music instructors are the most, professional and experienced instructors in the Mena region but they also have exceptional communication skills to deliver info simply and to the point.

Talk to us about your latest release, Howa Lazem.

It was the result of having an urge to express myself personally using my own words, voice, and music. It was more about storytelling than singing though. In addition to extreme frustration of not being able to find lyricists we like for HOH, I decided to write and express such frustration. It was then met by resistance from HOH vocalists at the beginning, so I decided to sing it myself. After a positive reaction from the audience, they both got enthusiastic about singing it along.

Should we expect more solo projects to come in the near future?

There have been several previous solo projects and there will be a lot more to come. However, this is my first experience as a vocalist and hopefully not my last.


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Mohamed Mounir invites fans to his ‘circle’ with a live-streamed concert


West El Dayera (In the Middle of the Circle) was the opening song performed by Mounir in a live-streamed concert on YouTube on 29 May, an event which also featured known independent singers and musicians

For several decades now, Mohamed Mounir has carved himself a special place in the hearts of Egyptian listeners, while his fan base goes far beyond his home-country’s borders with concerts staged across the globe.

Mounir has embraced the Nubian musical culture and the Egyptian creative traditions at large since the launch of his career in early 1970s. To many, The King (as his fans refer to the singer) is a household name, speaking to generations and attracting large crowds to his live performances.

With lyrics often based on the work of famous poets, Mounir sings about social and human issues, family and friends, tradition, the country and its people. While doing so, his creative malleability allows him to feel comfortable in small formations as well as with an orchestral setting where the traditional tunes meet a variety of other genres.

Throughout his decades-long career, Mounir released 23 albums while giving frequent performances. Naturally, his fans were concerned when in 2018 he went through surgery and took time off from the stage. In late 2019, he returned with the launch of the album Homeland.

The King’s online concert live-streamed on YouTube on 29 May was one of the opportunities for the fans to reconnect with the singer, a fact which seemed to have come naturally. The concert was a surprise added to the ongoing WE Online Music Festival (3 May – 3 July), whereas the event was announced recently and not within the preliminary line-up.

The concert was an invitation to spend time with the singer and walk with him through the best-known songs in a friendly atmosphere that he aimed to create.

“The best live concert in history” is among the comments posted under the video, which garnered over 200,000 live views, with numbers growing rapidly and doubling six hours later as the listeners continued to watch the concert.

“Just seeing Mohamed Mounir singing makes you forget all the problems of the world, feel good about tomorrow, love all people and overcome any burdens,” Emad Mabrouk, founder of Nowhere Online Music Platform website, wrote on his Facebook page.

A few listeners, however, questioned Mounir’s vocal delivery in the setting provided, and some missed his performances surrounded by crowds, hoping the concerts will be resumed soon.

The online concert opened with a short video presenting Mounir’s musical history, with the narrator stressing that though the time changes, Mounir remains close to the hearts of all of his fans.

Minutes into the concert, The King appears seated on a musician’s high chair as he gives an introduction stressing the importance of taking precautions in the times of coronavirus, pointing to a mask and disinfectant. This thought was reiterated on several occasions throughout the event.

As the music part of the evening began, the first song was West El-Dayera (In the Middle of the Circle) from the 1986 album of the same name.

“We are all inside the circle. None of you are strange to me. We are all gathered in the circle of Mounir’s home, your father, your brother, your son,” he said, referring to the musicians and the audience watching from their homes. “The circle surrounds us, protects us; it is a source of safety. We all live in this circle and together we will pass the burdens that have come with the coronavirus.”

He then goes on to present the musicians, many of whom are the top performers in their respectful fields: Nour Ashour on saxophone (also playing flute), Sherif Nour on keyboards, guitarist Ousso Lotfy, drummer Hazem Abdel-Kadi, bass guitarist Ahmed Nazmi, as well as Zatona, Rozza, Ashraf Saadan and Reda Henkesh on percussions.

“Let me also present three beautiful voices,” Mounir said of the young musicians who joined him in a number of songs: Dina El-Wedidi, Nouran Abutaleb and Ahmed Zizo.

“They are all our hope for the future,” as he moved on to sing West El-Dayera, a 1987 song from the album with the same name, and in which he was joined by El-Wedidi.

Then came his 1981 hit Shababeek (also the album title song), which he sang twice, giving two different colours to the famous track. The first performance relied on a duo created by Mounir and Nouran Abutaleb, performing to the music emerging from Samer George’s bass guitar. Void of the band we are used to, the track became a soothing and musically gentle presentation of Shababeek, with Mounir’s unique timbre and Abutaleb’s pellucid singing tone underlining how “The whole world is windows.”

It was in the second take on Shababeek, accompanied by the band, where Mounir took the listeners back to the original version of the song.

Mounir is best known for many compositions touching on Nubian culture, hence no wonder that while keeping the evening in this spirit, Mounir continued his performance of numerous other compositions that look into the rich Egyptian heritage of traditional music and poetry, among them El Nas Namet (People Slept), Ka’eny Asfour Medala (As If I’m a Flaming Bird).

In its turn, Mounir’s Momken (Possibly) is one of the most interesting tracks in his repertoire, as it naturally invites to musical meanders over the genres’ spectra. With backing vocals of Abutaleb, the musicians were weaving the most delicate threads of jazz into the tune.

In Ya Shams Ghibi Mounir, he invited the three singers, as well as all of his fans watching the concert, to sing along with him. The positive vibes of the performance garnered a few claps from the musicians and video crew at the location; and what was definitely missing was the large audience spirit which adds an important colour to live concerts.

“Thank you, Mounir, that you still want to make us happy despite all that surrounds us. I danced and I sang with you,” Esraa Samak, a Facebook user, wrote following the concert, reflecting the mood of all the listeners watching Mounir from home.

The high spirit continued through a song to which Mounir invited Dina El-Wedidi while saying “this song was composed when you were probably not born yet,” referring to the 1977 Alemony Eineky (Your Eyes Have Taught Me). With lyrics by Abdulrahim Mounsour and music infused with a sparkling pop/jazz upbeat zest by Hany Shenouda, the song is from one of Mounir’s very first albums of the same name.

As the concert was coming to an end, Mounir began his final and highly emotional performance of Hadoota Masreya (An Egyptian Story). The song comes from the second part (1982) of Youssef Chahine’s autobiographical trilogy in which Mounir acted and performed on the soundtrack. Mounir preceded the song by thanking his doctors who helped him recover. As he stood up, he asked the viewers to pay tribute to the martyrs from the Egyptian army and police.

Watch the full concert  follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZaZTQjA5Nc


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


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



(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.


(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.”


(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.”


(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.


(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.


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

فرقة إتش أو إتش تمثل مصر فى مهرجان موسيقى البلد بالأردن


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

المقال كامل من هنا

مزيكا بسحر الساكسفون


CNL Music

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’


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.


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


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!




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

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