is an Egyptian composer who works with the archival recordings of her country's famed singers from the beginning of the 20th century.
Her approach is to stay faithful to the originals while bringing out new musical facets of these half-forgotten gems. Nancy plays an array of instruments including violin, piano, bass, Theremin and the traditional Egyptian bamboo flute kawala. Being familiar with the harmonic principles of the Western canon as well as the microtonal foundations of Arabic maqam helps her marry the two musical worlds creating a truly unique experience.
Nancy plays most of the instruments on her new album Nozhet El Nofous
set for a June 3rd release on Simsara Records, the new imprint of Simsara Music, an artist management and creative producing agency based in Cairo and London.
We talked to Nancy about the album's first single Khafif Khafif