Soooooooo very excited to be sharing today’s scorching slice of Egyptian funk!! It’s incredible!!! Music De Carnaval was originally recorded in 1972 during a one take jam session in Cairo. It has since been re-released on French label, Pépite, when they reissued it on a limited run (300 copies) in 2016.
The drumming is ridiculously superb (all the way through, but check out the crazy break about 3:42 in!), the groove is about as tasty as you can get and the keys are knock-you-off-your-feet insane!!! It’s got it all going on and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!
The artist behind this rare groove masterpiece is Magdi al-Husseini, an Egyptian keyboardist who played with several bands throughout his musical career. He started out when he was just 16 years old in Umm Kulthum’s band, playing also with Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Farid Al-Atrash, as well as the Egyptian singer, Abdel Halim Hafez – with whom he played with until his death in 1977.
What he created with those magic hands are the finest organ melodies and today’s song is testament to that!
Listen above and if you want to purchase yourself a copy of the 45, you can find that here. I’ve also managed to find some footage him playing live, check this out below!