Karim Nagi

Karim Nagi

  • Arabic
  • Trad

25 years ago a burgeoning Karim Nagi made his Club Passim debut. Since then he has recorded 15 albums, given a TEDx Talk, and performed on 6 continents. He now crafts his own sonic stories from the tools and artifacts of his life. Diaspora Folklore is a suite of songs that weave English and Arabic lyrics with articulate drumming, analog soundscapes and swooning melodies on the buzuq lute. His tone-poems sing of immigration, revolution, retro-ism, bicultural reorientation, and being an Arab Muslim man who is addicted to dance & laughter. He makes partnerships with his audiences, invoking choral & rhythmic help in a joyful exchange of culture and curiosity. The Chicago Tribune describes his work as “a physical manifestation of beauty & joy”.

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