The Baladi Blues Ensemble plays the urban Egyptian dance music known as Baladi.
Their music echoes the sophisticated yet fast-paced, urban sounds of 1950’s Cairo, whilst emphasising the uncompromising artistic vision of bandleader Guy Schalom.
Percussionist, dancer and record producer Guy Schalom was described as "one of the most interesting and versatile percussionists working in the UK today" (fROOTS).
“Outstanding, fresh and compelling as well as technically superb… absolutely spot on” fROOTS
“Schalom has just the right touch”
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Guy Schalom: darabuka
(Natacha Atlas, Musicians of the Nile, Mahmoud Fadl, The Klezmatics, David Krakauer, Konsonans Retro, The Other Europeans)
“Sheik” Taha: quarter-tone accordion
(Ahmed Adaweia, Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Fifi Abdou, Tahia Cariocca)
Ahmed El Saidi: oriental sax
(Ali Hassan Kuban, Salamat, Shams Hussein)
Hassan Reevis: duff
(Abdel Halim Hafez, Ahmed Adaweia)
Adam Warne: riq & mazhar
(Nizar Rohana, Los Desterrados, Jadid Ensemble)
and special guests:
Abdul Salam Kheir: vocals & oud
Julia Naidenko: vocals
Glenn Sharp: Flamenco guitar
Frank London: trumpet