Unrock's own Saraswati Series, mostly string orientated, zigzags between the lines where underground and High-Art performance overlap. Out jumps the first part of our actively anti-Western sub series : the “Puppet on a String” twin albums! Osama Shalabi, a born Egyptian (best known for his work with Shalabi Effect & Land Of Kush), is an expert playing the Oud, a traveler between the eastern and western worlds and long time contributor to the Montreal scene. Sam -who spent the last few years home in Cairo- breathes his own sense of space and time through the epic „Tamara”, an 18 minute long melodic, delightful improvisation. The other story starts in Agouza, Cairo, where Sam Shalabi & Alan Bishop spent some time jamming . They’d run free, lose form, find intensity, and wound up creating a contemporary version of oriental psychedelic free form. A mind-blowing , wild, never mellow Cairo night, now documented here. It‘s getting intense: A north-African sand storm.
Sam Shalabi / Alan Bishop & Sam Shalabi: Mother of All Sinners (Puppet On A String)
Faith Of Our Fathers Sam Shalabi / Alan Bishop & Sam Shalabi
Tamara Sam Shalabi / Alan Bishop & Sam Shalabi