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by Richard Khuzami

Fusion of Middle eastern, Mediterranean, and Western Music, lyric in English.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Bazaar Bop
5:13 $0.99
2. Burn That Beat
3:33 $0.99
3. Nothing Lasts
5:30 $0.99
4. Go With Me
4:57 $0.99
5. The A Train to Hios
5:13 $0.99
6. Malfouf
4:37 $0.99
7. The Chase
3:32 $0.99
8. Wings of a Songbird
4:24 $0.99
9. Mayflower Daughter Marrakesh Lover
3:33 $0.99
10. Faruk's Funk
9:02 $0.99
11. Empress's Clothes
5:51 $0.99
12. The Serpent
5:50 $0.99
13. Expulsion
6:23 $0.99
14. Burn That Beat Caribbean Mix
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fused is producer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Khuzami’s celebration of the cultural and ethnic forces that surround him. Recorded in New York City, the multicultural capital of the world, Fused features artists such as Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Frederick Reed (Jeff Buckley, Sesame Street, Susan McKeown), Tommy “Rameses” Rodriguez (Daddy Yankee, Miles Copeland), Anath Benais (Fiesta Mora [original version of Alabina]), Duke McVinnie (member of alt-rock group Shivaree and a member of Joan Baez’s band), Rachid Halihal (Rachid Taha), Maurice Chedid, and Nickodemus (Turntables on the Hudson). It was mixed/engineered by multi-Grammy winning engineer Jon Fausty (Tito Puente, David Byrne, Gilberto Santa Rosa), and Grammy nominated engineer Matt Stein (Def Jamaica). Fused exposes the listener to the beauty, dynamics, and traditions of Middle Eastern music while incorporating English lyrics, as well as dance, pop and reggaeton.

The prominence of Middle Eastern rhythmic patterns and scales in Fused is remarkable because Richard Khuzami was raised in New York with minimal exposure to the Lebanese heritage of his family. Like any American teenager in the sixties, he absorbed the rock and pop music of his New York surroundings and taught himself to play drums. This all changed in 1978, when he had a chance encounter in Rochester, NY with the renowned Turkish multi-instrumentalist, Omar Faruk Tekbilek. It was this meeting that triggered Khuzami's interest in Middle Eastern percussion instruments and where his Lebanese background began to play an important role in his identity and is what ultimately inspired Fused. Over the course of his career, Khuzami mastered various other percussion instruments: Darbuka, Riq, Bendir, and Davul. (from the Balkans, Anatolia, the Middle East, and North Africa). He has studied with some of the masters of

this genre (including Tekbilek) and has performed in Greek, Turkish and Arab-American ethnic communities throughout United States as well as with top international artists both domestically and overseas.

Khuzami’s experiences as a young adult listening to music in the 1960’s enforced his belief that music is a powerful means of providing a voice to those outside the mainstream. Music is an instrument for change. The recent decline in the public’s perception of the Arab community propelled Khuzami to once again use music as an instrument for change. The pain he felt when faced by the misconceptions and disrepute of his Arab lineage helps to fuel Fused. It is Khuzami’s sonic bridge between the common ground of Eastern and Western cultures.

Khuzami called upon a wide array of his musical friends and heavyweights from Arab, Israeli, North African, Greek, Turkish, African, American and Latin backgrounds to contribute to this project. From the infectious Greek reggaeton track “Burn that Beat”, written by “it” reggaeton producer, Rameses, to the bewitching “Go with Me” featuring Moroccan Berber vocalist, Malika Zarra and ney (reed flute) flautist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, the sonic and aesthetic diversity of Fused is intentional and quintessentially New York. Fused may be understood as a musical reel of Khuzami’s life, whether it be “Wings of a Songbird”, a deeply personal and romantic ballad set in 9/8 and 6/8 time featuring the vocals of Anath Benais and the bouzouki (Greek stringed instrument) of Nikos Tatasopoulos or the funked up grooves of “Malfouf” featuring Tekbilek on ney and zurna, and Chedid on oud. Another highlight of this diverse album is “Nothing Lasts”, written by and featuring the vocal of musician and composer, Duke

McVinnie. The graceful and spiritual composition illustrates Khuzami’s arrangement and production skills and captures the essence of his Middle Eastern heritage.

Richard Khuzami's rich and warm embrace of these differing musicians, aesthetics, and cultures is more than simply a well-executed search for the commonalties that exist between these many cultures—Fused is a statement about what American culture is today.

FUSED is currently available for purchase (Download only) via or CD Baby.

For further information, please contact Dahdoo Records:
Dahdoo Productions
D/B/A Dahdoo Records
25-38 18th St
Astoria NY 11102



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Amazing amalgam of Middle Eastern, Greek, Caribbean, Latin/Spanish, ambient New
Powerful and Sensual Middle Eastern/ Modern Mix, February 28, 2007
Listening to the first few bars of the first track, there is a strong percussive rhythm on the darbuka (Richard Khuzami) with outstanding improvisation, soft keyboards, and an Arabic male singer creating the feeling of being in a souk (bazaar or market place) in the Middle East .. You immediately know you're in for a thrilling musical experience. If you love the pure sounds of Middle Eastern, Greek, Caribbean, Latin/Spanish, ambient New Age and world/ international music, you will love this CD. This CD is a rare combination of global music that has a rich texture and spicey flavor which is sensual, powerful, sometimes romantic, and often ecstatic. An astonishing number of people orchestrated this CD: i37 musicans and singers are listed in the liner notes, 6 mix engineers, and 6 who helped arranged various tracks! This CD is a spiritual journey into the past as well as a testament to the music of here and now, celebrating today and the future. As Richard Khuzami states in the liner notes, "We are a sum of those who precede us."

The second track, "Burn that Beat" is a lively modern city sound with underlying Spanish/ Latino influences. Track # 3 "Nothing Lasts" is a lyrical and poetic masterpiece enhanced by the smokey satin voice of Anath Benais who shares the spotlight with Duke McVinnie as they reminisce about changing fortunes and the spiritual journey of life. On this track the Middle Eastern violin creates haunting soul searching musical paths. Track # 4, "Go with Me" beckons the listener into experiencing each moment to the fullest, it tempts the listener to take risks, to turn fantasy into reality, to live with passion and desire ...The sensual voice of Malika Zarra reminds one of the sultry sexy siren Natacha Atlas at her very finest moments.

Track # 5 is one of my favorites which includes some meandering Greek clarinet music played by Lefteris Bournias, outstanding solos by Omar Faruk Tekblek who provides magical Mediterranean sounds on the baglama saz (lute-like stringed instrument). There is a superb sax intro by Tom Smith which creates unexpected spine-tingling sensations that are indescribable. Track # 6, "Malfouf" is another outstanding piece with Middle Eastern rhythms which predominate. It includes the ney, zurna, and guitar to round out the magical music. Track #7, "The Chase" is a male-female dynamic chase which reflects the eternal forces of what happens when the yin and yang energies collide! Track # 10, "Mayflower's Daughter" is a story which unfolds about a Manhattan princess/uptown girl and a Marrakech son/lover. It belongs on the Top 10 list of a radio station it is that great! The musician pleads no matter how different their lives seem, no matter how the eastern and western world views collide, all that matters is love and how it will sustain them ... The music, the sentiment and the message on this CD islphenomenal. It sends a sensual and powerful message about different worlds uniting rather than dividing ...Erika Borsos [pepper flower]


super awesome!!
I enjoy the fusion of greek, arabic, and mediterranean beats, as well as the reggaeton version of burn that beat! I have trasnferred all the songs onto my ipod, and I carry it with me wherever I go! I'm into the world beats, especially arabic-greek music, and this cd best suits my personality! Many thanks!!