Biography

Sam Shalabi previously took part in the bands Detention, Po, ‘Gypt Gore, a trio with David Kristian and Alexandre St-Onge, among other formations. He has four solo albums titled Luteness (Squint Fucker Press, deleted), On Hashish (Alien8 Recordings), Eid and Osama. His style ranges from freeform psychedelic rock to the most oddball, abstract performances.

Although mostly known as a guitarist, the highly versatile Shalabi also performs on oud and a variety of other instruments. More recently, he put together the Land Of Kush, a Big Band numbering with up to thirty musicians and singers, and inspired by the great 1960s and 1970s Egyptian big bands. It is these ensembles’ spirit of exploration and experimentation that is the inspiration behind Land Of Kush. They have released two albums with Constellation Records, Against the Day (2009) and Monogamy (2010).

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 10

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