Maurice Louca, an Egyptian musician and composer born in Cairo, is one of the most exciting artists in the alternative music scene across the Arab world today.   His critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Garraya’ was released in January 2011 on the Cairo-based 100COPIES label. Egyptian music journalist Ali Abdel Mohsen then described it as ‘a work of bruising intensity’ and ‘unexpected beauty’. Louca has since lent his formidable sound to numerous projects composing for theatre, film and contemporary visual artists. Amidst his collaborations and inconspicuous touring across Europe and the Arab world in the last few years, Louca has also sought a richer, more hard hitting and complex sound. Two years in the making, his 2014 release ‘Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot)’ on Nawa Recordings, is indeed the fruit of such intense reinvention and represents Maurice Louca’s most original work to date. His trademark whirlwind of percussion-based rhythms seamlessly intertwines with layers of jarring yet coherent compositions and improvisations, rendered by a host of Arab and international guest artists like Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Inspired by many influences, from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Louca shatters the confines of musical and cultural labelling with laying out a trajectory where beautiful and mesmerising fragments sparingly punctate the full-blown pounding episodes. more
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