Instrumental Modal Pop of 1970s Egypt by Baligh Hamdi on Sublime Frequencies

Baligh Hamdi - Instrumental Modal Pop Of 1970s Egypt


  • £29.99

This essential compilation of the modal instrumental tracks by Baligh Hamdi, one of the most important Arabic composers of the 20th Century (who wrote for Umm Kalthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, Sabah, Warda, and many others), features his legendary group the Diamond Orchestra with Omar Khorshid on guitar, Magdi al-Husseini on organ, Samir Sourour on saxophone, and Faruq Salama on accordion. All of these musicians were discovered and recruited by Hamdi to interpret his vision of a modernized, hybrid Arabic music. Under Hamdi’s direction, this orchestra charted a new melodic direction and created a new musical language. 

This collection of rare recordings from the 1970s, compiled by Hisham Mayet, and reissued for the first time, is culled from a specific era of Hamdi’s long career, a decade where he fully realised an international music which incorporated beat-driven Eastern-tinged jazz, theremin draped orchestral noir, searing guitar solos, and a selection of buzzing, sitar driven, Indo-Arabic tracks establishing a meeting of mid-east and eastern psychedelic exotica, and a vision that created some of the hippest music coming out of the Middle East. 


  1. Ghada 
  2. Zabour 
  3. The Wanderer 
  4. Mawal 
  5. Ennai 
  6. Mawood the Beloved Date 
  7. Bambah 
  8. Musical Introduction 
  9. Gazairia 
  10. Chaka Chiko 
  11. Zai Elhawa 
  12. Sahara 
  13. Hanim 
  14. Noussa 
  15. Zamane 
  16. Iskandarani 
  17. Amira 
  18. Salamat 
  19. Love Story 


  • Limited-edition double-LP housed in heavy-duty Tip-On gatefold jacket with 9mm spine  
  • CD housed in digipack case and includes 12-page booklet 
  • Features never-before-seen photographs and extensive liner notes by Hisham Mayet 





see also: 
Warda - Khalik Hena   LP 


browse collections: 
African collection 



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