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Out of My City

by Kamal Musallam

The second album of Arabic Fusion guitarist, joined by Afif brothers, Ada Rovatti, Mounir Troudi, is influenced from Middle Eastern sounds as well as Flamenco, Indian, Chinese, and Jazz sounds.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Out of My City
5:40 $0.99
2. Rimma
5:19 $0.99
3. When Shue Left China
6:20 $0.99
4. Blues for Elie
4:40 $0.99
5. Local Sensations
7:35 $0.99
6. Giant Steps to Heaven
4:34 $0.99
7. Desoriental
5:52 $0.99
8. Lost but Found Again
7:25 $0.99
9. Souvenir
7:17 $0.99
10. A Few Last Words
2:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The new CD, Out Of My City, is, he says, ‘a continuation of my first album from five years ago, which also had a fusion sound. I’ve always been trying to lay Arabic music over jazz, funk and jazz-rock sounds.’ However, this musical melange, while distinctive and catchy, has given Kamal no end of headaches when people ask him to describe his music. ‘This question of genre is always hard to answer because genres have been signposted by media people and not by musicians themselves. Some people call it Arabic jazz, some call it fusion or modern Eastern music. It’s probably best to call it Arabic jazz,’ he concludes, noting that ‘jazz is the free world of music and if we apply its principles here then you have Arabic jazz. It has a deep beats in it like jazz-rock, but it has a lot of Arabic style.

‘Ever since I was a teenager I have been listening to Western pop, rock and jazz, and also Arabic music, so I try to fuse those things together,’ he continues. It seems appropriate, then, that Kamal should have made his home in Dubai, an area of the Middle East that is almost unique in its wide mix of races, cultures and nationalities. In fact, he says, the city has actually shaped his music in the six years he’s been living in it: ‘Since I moved here,’ Kamal explains, ‘I have been exposed to a lot of other influences – especially a lot of Indian music – and I have brought all of this together in one box to create a reflection of my experiences and my years in Dubai.’ Not that his music should merely be considered a pastiche: ‘It is like I have learned some words and phrases from all these different people, but I am still constructing my own grammar,’ the musician says. ‘The elements are borrowed, but the sound is my own.’



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Great arabic flavoured jazz and stellar guitarwork

Khaled Musallam

Two Thumbs Up
I had the honor of listening to Kamal's first fusion cords and had no doubt back then that one day he will truly be a star! He successfully transformed his music into a universal language shared amongst all those dwelling in a pursuit of freedom... Two Thumbs Up!


Excellent !!!
A beautiful melting pot of interesting sound experience. Intelligent use of musical fusion with respect to essence of world music (especially arabic). I hope that the third album will contain some Flamenco sounds ;-)

All my best.

Philipp Maier

Kamals latest Album
I think Kamals latest album is fantastic work. It combines various genres - especially jazz, rock and Arabic influences - in the most intelligent and musical way. A highly recommended listen for all serious music lovers.


I bought the CD as soon as I attended a concert for Kamal.. I loved the CD and I thought it was amazing..

Ludwig Chelala

i heard the "Out Of My City" album, and it was simply perfect, it just takes you on this amazing trip, i especially liked the track Giant Steps to Heaven...
keep it up