Alternative Egyptian sextet Salalem (سلالم) come back with an accessible yet imaginative single “Nefsi”.
The Cairo-based group have been around for more than decade. During that time they’ve developed their own distinctive sound (mix of folk, rock, funk and local influences). Simultanously, they’ve gained a well-deserved recognition far outside the local/regional underground scene – in spite of the fact that they sing in Arabic.
“Nefsi” (نِفْسي), meaning “I would like”, is a great example of their style. Combining memorable themes and a composing edge Salalem’s been known for, they make you unsure where they’ll take you as long as the song is playing.
Photo by Amer Sweidan