FATHY SALAMA & HIS BIOGRAPHY !
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Fathy Salama, was born in Cairo (Egypt). He started playing the piano at the age of six.. He began by learning, the roots of traditional arabic music up to Oum Kalthoum followed by the western classics, such as Bartok and Tchaikovsky...
He then studied jazz in Egypt and the United States with such great artists as Barry Harris, Hal Galper, Malik Osman, Pat Patrick and Sun Râ.
On 1980 / 1988 : Fathy composes and arranges for a variety of Egyptian stars ; Amr Diab, Ali Al Haggar, Anushka. These hits from Cairo, the Arab Hollywood, are well known throughout the Arabic world. He is one of the inventors of "jeel" music, the Arab pop. He also begins to write film music.
: He founds his own ensemble, Sharkiat. While playing his own
compositions,he also blends traditional Arabic sounds with Jazz improvisation
to form a new way of expression.
On 1991 / 1993 : He composes for the Egyptian National Theater.
: Fathy founds his second group, and calls it "Gouzour".
It performs traditional Arab music with percussion, traditional instruments,
and vocalists, and presents the Arab rhythms and melodies of the Sudanese
and Nubians and from the Persian Gulf, as well as classical Arab music.
They tours in Egypt, Italy and in France (Festival Les Allumées
1995 : Sharkiat plays two following evenings at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, where he imposes a popular music, oriental way, strongly tinged with funk and digital jazz.
1996 : He creates for the Cairo Opera House a show with Manuel de Paula (voice) and Nino Carrion (guitar) to explore the relationship between flamenco and arab music.
On 1997 / 1998 : Sharkiat works with a rock group from Switzerland, The Maniacs . Together they compose a CD Don't climb the pyramids and tour Egypt, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark and France with concerts in Transmusicales of Rennes, New Morning in Paris and dozens of provincial towns.
1998 : He gives a masterclass in the Rythm Conservatory in Copenhaguen : "East in West".
1999 : With English DJ's and Sharkiat he performs in the electronic music festival Big Chill at the Cairo Opera House.
: He wins two first prizes in the International Film Festival of Cairo
- the main one in the Arabic world - for the soundtracks of Fallen
Angels Paradise's and
Signs of april.
2001 : With the collective of Parisian VJs Ya-K and the photographer Guillaume de Rémusat, he creates the first multimedia show around the electronic musics and the Egyptian traditional rhythms: "Kouchari".
2002 : At the same time to its research on electronic music, Fathy begins a safeguard work of the traditional music with the creation of a new group The Rango Tanbura Group with which he gives a series of workshops for professionals but also for the public.
2004 : World wide release of "Allah, Egypt" (WEA Warner) by Youssou N'Dour with songs arranged by Fathy.