Nagi, Karim / Detour Guide
Album: Detour Guide   Collection:World
Artist:Nagi, Karim   Added:Dec 2016

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-12-06 Pull Date: 2017-02-07 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Feb 5 Jan 29 Jan 15 Jan 8 Jan 1 Dec 18 Dec 11
Airplays: 1 2 2 1 2 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 07, 2018: Melange
Yalla Yalla, Your First Arab
4. Jan 26, 2017: Melange
Baladi Tuktuk
2. Jan 11, 2018: Melange
Yalla Yalla
5. Jan 25, 2017: At the Cafe Bohemian
Your First Arab
3. Jan 31, 2017: Waste FM
Everyone Dabke
6. Jan 14, 2017: Music Casserole
Yalla Yalla, Your First Arab

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2016-12-03
Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released four internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. The tracks below are all amazingly well-crafted with lots of interesting percussion, sound-massage, and background noise under the pointed English and Arabic words. Spoken word and musical intro to Arabs in an anti-Arab environment; very Egyptian :-)

NO FCC's; all tracks are worth listening to; favorites: 3, 7, 9,

1- Take A Ride with the Detour Guide (1:03) – loud, noisy intro to this amazing disc

2- Your First Arab (1:29) – amusing spoken list of the types of Arabs you might have met

**3-Yalla Yalla (5:13) – summary of the history and background of Arab Spring in English with Arabic phrase refrains; description of tyrants, etc. rhythmic and apt; Tunis to Egypt; etc.

4- What Arabs Do for Fun (1:55) – amusing spoken word list with lots of details

5- Everyone Dabke (1:55) – heavy duty dabke with English lyrics and then Arabic

6-Reorientalism (1:48) – amusing English rant about how the classic Western “Oriental” morphed into modern day stereotypes

*7- Oriental Magic Carpet (3:17) – the Disney version of Arabia subverted with nice musical underpinning, relationship between oil and carpets

8- This Is Arab Love (1:56) – spoken rant about physical attractions of people, antiquities, landscape, food, music, etc with drumming underneath

*9- Heart Full of Cairo (3:41) – spoken paean to Cairo with all its flaws and attractions from female English speaking POV; lots of traffic noise and drumming in background; amazing sound poem that rings true; ends with calls to come to Tahrir

10- Earn Learn Return (1:38) – reasons people want to emigrate to the West;

11- Baladi Tuktuk (4:16) – returned U.S. educated emigrant now back in Cairo driving a three-wheeled truck taxi; why he came back; great traffic noise background;

12- If I Were Hummus (2:29) – artist's manifesto; reprise of what it means to be Arab these days

Track Listing
1. Take A Ride With The Detour Guide   7. Oriental Magic Carpet
2. Your First Arab   8. This Is Arab Love
3. Yalla Yalla   9. Heart Full Of Cairo
4. What Arabs Do For Fun   10. Earn Learn Return
5. Everyone Dabke   11. Baladi Tuktuk
6. Reorientalism   12. If I Were Hummus