- Fresh and defiant sounds from Cairo and beyond, collected by ZULI and Rama.
- Back in January, the Cairo-based artists ZULI and Rama casually launched a new platform, irsh, with an aim to bring together friends and likeminded musicians. "Rama and I are both a bit socially awkward and we were talking about how we always have the most fun with other people when we're being creative," ZULI recently told RA. "So we thought it would be nice to set up a few nights where we invite everyone we would like to hang out with and ask them to bring a USB if they wanted and we would all take turns on the decks. The decision to film came about so that people would take it seriously enough for it to be fun."
The events (and in turn, the streams) were put on pause when coronavirus struck. did you mean: irish was a way for ZULI and Rama to keep irsh going and stay connected with musicians in their network, from Cairo and as well as other cities. Kareem Lotfy, ABADIR, 3Phaz, El Kontessa and Al Nather are among the artists who contributed music to this compilation.
did you mean: irish embodies the alternative spirit of irsh and its core artists. There's ambient painted in pensive hues, like Kareem Lofty's "Molten Tactics." There's heavier material from the likes of 3Phaz ("Cluster Drum"), ABADIR ("[email protected]") and ZULI ("Bombardino"). Tor5y and Lil Asaf ooze confidence on trapped-out "Andaf Naw3," a take on the genre I'd like to hear much more of.
To ZULI, Rama and all those involved, did you mean: irish may just feel like a casual coming together of friends. To listeners though, it's a glimpse into the minds of talented, forward-thinking artists experimenting with their sounds and defying the trends of popular music.
01. ltfll - Estemara Umru Mesa
02. ABADIR - [email protected]
03. ZULI - Bombardino
04. Kareem Lotfy - Molten Tactics
05. Onsy - Withdrawal
06. Tor5y and Lil Asaf - Andaf Naw3
07. Abdullah Miniawy and HVAD – The Dirty Canes Lake
08. 3Phaz - Cluster Drum
09. Al Nather - Bil 3asaya
10. El Kontessa - Madrab Deban