Baligh Hamdy – Gada
Baligh Hamdy is a composer well known for his work with Egyptian super star singer Oum Kalsoum and Hamdy’s wife, Algerian born Warda. Here’s a real oddity from his hand, an EP with a rather daring silk screened cover (daring considering it was released in Egypt in the sixties). This mini-album has 6 beautiful instrumental tracks, an exotica suite of sorts, all with some east-west cross-over and very rich arrangements featuring flutes, surf guitar, trumpets, saxes, strings, drums and percussion.
In Egypt this is something out of the ordinary because unlike in nearby Lebanon or some other Arab countries, there really hardly existed a local variety of western popular styles at all.