Qanun virtuoso Hosam Shaker studied music at the age of fourteen at the Egyptian Academy of Arts in Cairo, obtaining his Master’s Degree in 1989. He led the Arabic Sextet of the Cairo Opera, performing in Japan, Korea and Europe. Formerly a member of the world music Group Sharkiat, Hosam played with Roman Bunka’s “Color me Cairo” at the 1994 Berlin Jazz Festival. He was honored as one of the finest musicians in the Middle East.
Today, Hosam runs the Egyptian Institute for Folk Instruments and Heritage in Cairo and, since the beginning of 1998, he has been performing with the Trio and Quartet Rahala.
Enshaallah, with Rahala (United One, 2002)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.