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Friends of Bamboute: 20th Anniversary Edition

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Friends of Bamboute: 20th Anniversary Edition
Friends of Bamboute: 20th Anniversary Edition


Acclaimed veteran Egyptian musicians El Tanbura celebrate their 20th anniversary with songs from old-time cafes and hashish dens along the path of the Suez Canal. El Tanbura is a collective of veteran Egyptian master musicians, singers, fishermen and Sufi philosophers. Custodians to some of Egypt's oldest folk melodies at their home in Port Said (the Mediterranean gateway to the Suez Canal), the band's music is driven by the seductive call of the Simsimiyya - an ancient lyre dating back to the times of the Pharaohs, which according to legend, is said to enchant those who hear her strings. 'Friends of Bamboute' is the long-awaited follow up to 2006's 'Between the Desert and the Sea'. Recorded in Cairo and Port Said, the disc recounts both tales of the 19th century Bambutiyya merchants who frequented the old-time cafes and hashish dens along the path of Suez Canal, and devotional Sufi songs from the Egyptian delta. UK Dates 2009: 4 June Salisbury Festival 5 June Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford 6 June FEAST, Manchester 7 June St George's, Bristol 9 June Norwich Arts Centre 11 June Union Chapel, London Tracks: Ghosen el Habib / Friends of Bamboute / Noh el Hamam / Khaly Anka al Yhom / Ayh el Amal Ya Ahmed / Lally / Heela Hella / Afra / Badr Arid / El Madad


  1. Name
  2. Ghosen el Habib
  3. Friends of Bamboute
  4. Noh el Hamam
  5. Khaly Anka al Yhom
  6. Ayh el Amal Ya Ahmed
  7. Lally
  8. Heela Hella
  9. Afra
  10. Badr Arid
  11. El Madad
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