Salamat is master Nubian percussionist Mahmoud Fadl's Cairo-based roots band.
Salamat is master Nubian percussionist Mahmoud Fadl's Cairo-based roots band. Ezzayakoum features vocalists Sayed Khalifa, Hassan El Saghir, Salwa Abou Greisha, and Hassan Abdel Azziz, as well as a dozen outstanding instrumentalists. Only one of the songs—"Elleya Misafir"—is a traditional piece. The remaining tracks are contemporary Nubian songs, most of which were authored by members of the ensemble. Fadl and his collaborators are Nubian neo-traditionalists, inspired by the ancient musical heritage of Nubia, yet intent on making this heritage a living part of our world. The music is romantic, wonderfully melodic, and intensely rhythmic. The moods vary from the uptempo groove of "Lau Elreida" to the elemental arrangement of "Galbi El Atouf," animated by the evocative singing of Salwa Abou Greisha.—PVV