As one of the most unique musicians Egypt has produced in the last decade, Maryam Saleh knows no boundaries, particularly when it comes to that ever so constraining concept of genre.
Since turning heads with her 2012 debut album, Mesh Baghanny, Saleh has gone on to work with the likes of Lebanese indie artist, Zeid Hamdan, and established herself as a solo force across the region, too, while also dabbling in a bit of acting along the way.
Never one to shy away from doing things a little differently, Saleh's latest release has seen her team up with Swedish folk-punk collective, Crash Nomada, for a reinterpretation of Sufi song, Leih Ya Hamam - a song originally made famous by late Egyptian folklore stalwart, Sheikh Ahmed Barrayn.
This is not the first time Crash Nomada has used Sufi inspiration in their music; the six-person group cited the late Swedish artist Ivan Angueli, a Sufi convert and Ibn Arabi follower who spent time in Egypt and went by the name of Sheikh Abd al-Hadi Aqili, as an inspiration.
Saleh delivers the original lyrics untouched, with Crash Nomada front-man, Ragnar Bey, interpreting them in Swedish in a track that brings together an unlikely collaboration that owes its existence to a shared love of Sufi heritage between the two parties involved. The collaboration came to fruition thanks to Saleh's residency Stockholm in August 2016 and January 2017, produced by Stockholm-based Arabic music PR & management agency Simsara.
By Haisam Awad