To wcale nie nagrania terenowe, a zapisy koncertów ludzi, którzy nawet mają imiona. Grają Egipcjanie różnych kultur, m.in.: Huh Abdul Bari al-Qusi, Mahmoud Karim, Amin Shahin, Hamdi Rabiyya i Refat Sayed, Musa Ahmed Musa, Um Sayed i Sayed Salah, Shabab il Nasr i Mohamed El Sharnouby.
Limited edition of 150 copies of yellow cassette. Available in Europe via bandcamp (50 pieces only). Distribution in the USA and Japan by Mississippi Records.
Stunning new field recordings from Egypt, the result of several years of work with musicians from the Eastern Desert, Nubia, the Nile Delta, Cairo and the port cities of the Suez Canal. Recorded in incredibly high fidelity and with an ear for beauty, the debut release from Juju Sounds contains some of the best contemporary field recordings we've heard in a while.
Check out full LINER NOTES with videos from recording sessions here: bit.ly/monoegyptliner
Mono Egypt is a compilation of field recordings of various musical cultures from contemporary Egypt. It is the result of several years of work with musicians from the Eastern Desert, Nubia, the Nile Delta, Cairo and the port cities of the Suez Canal. This album is the fruit of dozens of recording sessions conducted in private homes and gardens, on riverbanks and rooftops, at the back of bars, in the desert, and in many other unusual places.
Professional artists form one of the last functioning guilds in Egypt in which the oral tradition still enables the transfer of knowledge and skills from father to son, mother to daughter. Many of them still make their own instruments by hand, and they all tell stories of unique communities. The compilation is a musical journey through this region at the junction of Africa and Asia, which is characterised by a surprising diversity of instruments, cultures and dialects.
Mono Egypt is the first production of independent micro-label JuJu Sounds. The project focuses on building bridges between musicians from marginalised communities and niche audiences from around the world. The mission of JuJu Sounds is to revive valuable musical ecosystems, not just to sell exotic products.
The Mono Egypt compilation is released in limited edition of 150 copies on yellow cassette. The behind-the-scenes insights into the work on the album and the people, instruments and musical cultures encountered is available at www.jujusounds.com
released May 8, 2020
Released January 2020 in USA / 08.05.2020 in Europe
Recorded by Luka Kumor
Recorded in Egypt, 2017-2019
Mastering by Michał Kupicz
Text by Luka Kumor
Graphic/layout by Jan Estrada-Osmycki