FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2011
Dr. Chad Stebbins
JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Egyptian musician Gamal Gomaa will present The Heartbeat of Egypt from noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in Phinney Recital Hall.
The presentation is free and open to the public. It is part of "Egypt Semester" activties at MSSU.
Born in Giza, Egypt, Gamal Gomaa began studying percussion at age eight. Five years later he was playing tabla for “El Ferka el Gamaeya” from the University of Cairo under Maestro Mustafa Abdel Hamid.
In 1971, at age 16, Gamal was invited to record and perform with European singing star Demis Roussos.
Over the next decade Gamal toured worldwide, working with and composing tabla solos for several Egyptian dance stars. In 1976, Gamal graduated from the Music Academy of Cairo. He went on to teach music there until 1979. In 1984, Gamal was invited to work in New York City where he played for the top dancers and singers of the time. In addition to performing in nightclubs, Gamal became the drummer for the legendary Ibrahim Farah.
Gamal began his professional singing career in New York City, which led him to Los Angeles in 1993. He has won several awards for his work, including the 2000 Arab American Association award for outstanding performance in Middle Eastern Music.
As a percussionist, Gamal performed with Chebi Sabah in 2006 and at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he sings professionally and teaches tabla, doof, sagat, riq, dahola, and rhythm for dancers.