Musicians and/or Singers



Drummers
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Ibrahim Minyawi (London)
Wonderful and inspiring Tabla
Tel: 079611 458 868

Aly el Minyawi (London)
Following in his father's footsteps
Tel: 0797 680 4623

Louai Alhenawi (London)
Tabla and Nay Musician. Also sells belly dance supplies and instruments. London based

Hossam Ramzy London/South East /Everywhere!
Tabla. Band leader. Supplies dance products

Medhat from the Nile Band

Numan Elyer (London)
Tabla

Nizar Al Issa (London)
Singer, songwriter and composer. Oud and Tabla. Wonderful!
Email

Guy Schalom (London)
Accomplished in many styles of music, drummer / percussionist
Guy Schalom is highly regarded as a World Music specialist, and
has performed in the Middle East, the US, and throughout Europe.
His independent record label and world music agency is called
Ethnomusic.

Josef Alexander (London)

Hassan Griffiths (London)

Chas Whitaker
Chas has been studying, teaching and performing Middle Eastern / North African and Turkish percussion for over 15 years. Predominantly self-taught he has taken instruction from many of the best Arabic and Turkish percussionists and has travelled extensively and studied in Turkey . Morocco , Israel and Egypt . Known for his relaxed and informative teaching style, Chas teaches regularly all over the UK and in Turkey and Egypt and has taught at events such as Majma, Bellydance Congress, Sirocco , Glastonbury Festival, Womad, Drum Camp, Tribe Of Doris and many others. He plays in several bands and accompanies many dancers in performance and has played at events such as Glastonbury Festival , Bath Fringe Festival , Majma, Sirocco, Shambala Festival , etc. He also sells a wide range of traditional Arabic percussion and his website is the most comprehensive for information on DVD's books, CD's etc. for learning Arabic percussion. Based near Bath/Bristol Chas is available for tuition group, one-one, beginners to advanced, schools, corporate etc. all over the country and internationally as are his bands and he is available as a solo artist and/or with his partner Maren Lueg ( traditional Mid East and Turkish wind instruments )

Zingha A Rabhi
Drummer and Percussionist

John Sleiman
John is dynamic Lebanese Musician, specialising in percussion, he is well-known to most UK bellydancers for his earthy and  powerful drumming, which makes any party go with a swing!   email
His address is 22 Egerton Close, Nythe, Swindon, Wilts .
www.johnsleiman.co.uk
phone number  01793 613331

Amine

Wade

Simon Vecchio
From Italy, now in London. Also plays flute
Tel: 07789262614

Farouk El Safi egyptian supremo

Ali Kirdar

Khaled Salik  - (Darbucka)
Number: 07930289770
www.khalidshow.co.uk

Asif
Works with British Tribal Style- Pauline Qu and Asif and The Tribe of The Rhythmic Nomads. Based in Nottingham

 


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Keyboard ( Org Players) /Band Leaders
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Emad (London)
Band leader . Org Player
Mobile 07956 532 633

Gamal Awad (London)
Keyboard, accordion and composer. Tel: 07956 340 931

Sheikh Taha (London)
Tel 0208 964 8750

Cheb Chafik consists of
Chafik Kobitti
and Mohamed Abdi.
Chafik is a talented keyboard player, vocalist & composer. He has jammed with Rachid Taha and Aziz Chabdiss Bin Salam and performed in major music festivals in the UK , Europe, North Africa  and most recently in Dubai , Bahrain and France . He regularly performs with Takaleed Trio and AbdelKader Saadoun.
Contact details : www.myspace.com/chafik     chafikkobitti@hotmail.com  tel: +44(0) 07534507940

Mohamed Abdi is a vocalist and plays the oud, trained in Classical Andalucía style. He has toured internationally with orchestras as well performing as a solo artist.
Contact details: tel:               +447908736013       

Hassan from the Nile Band


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Bouzouki

Pavlos Doukanaris MMus (Lon) (London)
Virtuoso bouzouki player .Specialist in Greek and Arabic music. Available to teach at workshops and seminars Tel: 07932 059 331
rebetikosoas@hotmail.com


Accordion

Gamal Awad (London)
Keyboard, accordion and composer. Tel: 07956 340 931

Sheikh Taha (London)
Tel 0208 964 9750

Oud

Abdul Salam Al Kheir
It does not get better than this ! He also sings

Nizar Al Issa (London)
Singer, songwriter and composer. Oud and Tabla. Wonderful!
Email

Mohamed Abdi is a vocalist and plays the oud, trained in Classical Andalucía style. He has toured internationally with orchestras as well performing as a solo artist. He is also listed under Bands Cheb Chafik
Contact details: tel:               +447908736013    

Adam
Email

 

Violin

Emile Bassili. Virtuouso. Does not get better than this!

Gypsy Violinist Gundula (London)
An amazing violinist. Email Tel: 07879 462 199

Nai (Flute)

Louai Alhenawi (London)
Tabla and Nay Musician. Also sells belly dance supplies and instruments. London based

Simon Vecchio
From Italy, now in London. Also plays drum
Tel: 07789262614

Maren Lueg - Arabic & Turkish Nay Flute, Turkish Clarinet, Zurna, Mizmar and Saxophone and Silver Flute. Maren was born and raised in Germany and is now resident in the UK . Inspired by the sounds she heard from the Turkish and East European communities. She began studying these styles as well as Jazz, Blues and Latin on the saxophone and flute. She performs regularly with British and Middle Eastern musicians around the UK and has studied such traditional Middle Eastern wind instruments as the Nay ( bamboo flute ) and Zurna ( double reed pipe ) in Istanbul and Cairo .   www.myspace.com/marenlueg  

 

Musicians and Singers

Abdul Salam Al Kheir
It does not get better than this ! He also plays the oud. mailto:kheirmusic@googlemail.com

Adam based in Yorkshire
Email


Asli (Turkish female singer) . Email (London)

Mike Nasser Starr Lebanese Pop Star

Nizar Al Issa (London)
Singer, songwriter and composer. Oud and Tabla. Wonderful!
Email

Prince of Egypt (London and Egypt)
Extraordinary young versatile Egyptian singer. He uses hip hop moves in his routine and is very popular at our events. Based in Egypt and London

Wisam Just one word. WOW!

 

Bands

TMP (The Minyawi Project) Read about them
Aly El Minyawi
(tabla/ percussion and if we are lucky vocals)
and Eser Ebcin (keyboard and percussion)
Anil Gocen (keyboard and violin)
Ozkan Gezen (Multi instruments)
Ercument Ibrahim (violin)
Ismail Eren ( baglama)
and Mahmut Emrah Tak (oud and guitar)

Oojami (London)
Global Band with belly dance beats

Abdelkader Saadoun (London)
Algerian King of Rai in the UK


Moroccan Memories in Britain live music with Cheb Chafik
with Chafik Kobitti (org/keyboard) and Mohamed Abdi.(Oud) and Majid (tabla)

Moroccan Memories in Britain is a national oral and visual history project, which has collected over 100 hundred life stories from three generations of Moroccans living in Britain since January 2007 . As part of the project, a compilation CD, Moroccan Melodies in Britain , featuring some of the extremely talented UK-based Moroccan musicians has been produced. . For more details about the project and the CD, please visit www.moroccanmemories.org.uk .
CD is available for sale at £5 (suggested contribution)

 Chas Whitaker     bands 
The Arabic Balkan Gypsy Band -      
Mazaj -
Panjandrums        
The Babylon Arabic Band

 

Contacts Abroad

Germany

Ahmed Khalifa
Berlin Saxophone
specialist shop for oriental dance

Canada

Tim Gerwing
Canadian tabla player
tim.gerwing@gmail.com

 


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