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Magdy Al Hussainy

Slow funk by an Egyptian keyboardist

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Magdy Al Hussainy

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a funky track by Egyptian keyboardist Magdy Al Hussainy. (We featured this song in September 2021 and are revisiting it, with more links to listen and buy, because it's so good.) Recorded in 1972, this tune has been a favorite with DJs for several years, appearing as a single on Pépite records in 2016 and, more recently, on a Habibi Funk compilation. Most of the links below point to the Habibi Funk collection. It's an excellent set of tunes from North Africa and the Middle East.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from a review by Malvika Padin on The Quietus.


"Music de Carnaval" by Magdy Al Hussainy
1972 | Slow funk by an Egyptian keyboardist


Go deeper.
Bringing in another facet of Arabic music which marked the making of a new sound, prevalent in the late 60s and 70s, is Magdy al-Husseini’s pioneering Arabic organ technique on 'Music de Carnaval'. Being part of a generation of musicians who facilitated a shift into more contemporary Arabic sound influenced by Western instrumentals, the track was Husseini’s first-ever original composition, recorded in 1972.

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