Hamid El Shaeri - The SLAM! Years (1983-1988) - Artists Hamid El Shaeri Genre International, Pop Release Date February 25, 2022 Cat No. HABIBI0181 Format 12" Vinyl - Habibi Funk - Habibi Funk - Habibi Funk - Habibi Funk - Vinyl Record

Hamid El Shaeri - The SLAM! Years (1983-1988)

LABEL:   Habibi Funk

ARTISTS: Hamid El Shaeri
RELEASE DATE: 2022-03-11
FORMAT: 12" Vinyl
STYLE: Pop, Reissue

If you were to ask for a defining Habibi Funk track, there are a few that come to mind: from Fadoul's "Sid Redad," Dalton's "Soul Brother" to Ahmed Malek's "Omar Gatlato." However, none are as widely connected with us at this point as Hamid Al Shaeri's "Ayonha." We heard the track for the first time when we were working on selecting tracks for your first compilation and we instantly loved it. We obviously had heard of Hamid El Shaeri's music before, but only material from his Al Jeel phase when he was already the full-blown superstar he is now. Listening to his releases from the early 1980's opened a whole new door for us. At the time, Hamid had just left Libya to pursue his career in Egypt via a detour in London, where he recorded his first album.

Hamid's distinct sound of the sound is quintessentially reliant on heavy synths and so it was particularly important to purchase these synths in a timely manner. "Whenever a new one [synthesizer] would come out, we would have to buy it immediately, otherwise someone else would get their hands on that sound." London also played an important role for Hamid as a musical epicenter. He fondly reminisces about the many live shows he attended there, including some of the biggest international musicians like Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson.

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