Dunya al​-​Ushaq

by Ali al-Abady and Otaak Band

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Dunya al-Ushaq is an album of songs that southern-Egyptian folk singer Ali Al-Abady used to sing in 1980's with a full brass and rhythm section. He wanted to get back to the roots of this music, and perform these songs using only acoustic folk instruments. Miguel Merino, appearing here under his stage name Otaak Band, serves as percussionist, lyre player and producer and uses a variety of lyres and harps, the only melody instruments on the record, to conjure lush timbral soundscapes and colorful textures. Many of the instruments were also built by Ali. Mixed and mastered by Grammy-winning Egyptian engineer Alaa El Kashef, a long-time friend and collaborator of Otaak Band, all the lyres played on this album are completely acoustic, showcasing the amazing sonic range of these instruments.

علي العبادي مطرب من جنوب مصر يغني مجموعة من الاغانية الخاصة به واغاني من فولكلور المصري السوداني. ويصاحبه المنتج وعازف الطبول والطمبور والسمسمية ميجيل مارينو تحت اسم شهرته اوتك باند وعدد ما يصاحبه من الآلات الفولكلورية التي قام علي بصناعة الكثير منها يدويا

يقوم هذا المشروع على إعادة توزيع اغاني فولكلوية من جنوب مصر كان يغنيها علي منذ زمن طويل بالآلات الحديثة الكهربائية فأراد ان يغير شكلها حتى تُعزف بالآلات الفولكلورية كالطنبور والطبول التقليدية مثل الدف والدلّوكا والكشكوش


released February 21, 2020

Ali Al-Abady -- Voice
Abdo - Verse and chorus on "Na'naa' al-Geneina"
Adel Mekha - Verse and chorus on "Na'naa' al-Geneina"
Andre Segone -- Upright and acoustic bass
Bondok - Duf and sagl on “Ahla Talaat Ayam”
Diaa Tas - Congas, bongos, cajon on “Dunya al-Ushaq”
Dony Felix -- Electric bass on "Dunya al-Ushaq"
Miguel Merino - Tambur and simsimiyya (lyres), hand drums, Sudanese bongos
Ramadan Mansour - Tabla on “La ya Habibi”
Rozza - Sudanese bongos on “La Ya Habibi”, verse and chorus on "Na'naa' al-Geneina"

Recorded at Taaktile Sound and Ultra Studios, Cairo

Mixed and Mastered by Alaa El Kashef, Ultra Studios, Cairo

Cover art: Lucía Inthesky

Arranged and produced by Miguel Merino


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Otaak Band Washington, D.C.

Otaak Band plays lyre music. It is the name under which drummer, producer, and lyre player Miguel Merino brings all his explorations and expressions on this ancient instrument to the world.

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