Introduction to North African & Middle-Eastern Rhythms
with Najib Bahri

To hear rhythm tracks, please click here
Instructional booklets  $15 each (S&H $5 per shipment)
Vol. 1
4/4: Wahda, Ayub, 6/4: Georgina, Darej, 7/4: Nawakht, 8/4: Baladi, Saiidi,
10/4: Samaii Thakil, Samaii Frangi
Vol. 2
4/4 Malfuf, Karachi, 8/4: Masmoudi, Chiftitelli, Chiftitelli-Taksim, Maqsoum,
10/4: Badri Bada, 7/8: Draj, 13/8: Samaii Zarafat


Accompanying CD's with the recorded rhythms 
$25 each (with booklet; plus $5 S & H)
$45 for entire package : both volumes; booklets & CD's (FREE S&H!)
(Discount available for group purchases. S & H included)

Najib demonstrates how the rhythms are played in basic format as well as with flavors, emphasis, & techniques. 

Hear why Najib is called the "Jimi Hendrix" of North African percussion

It's like having a personal instructional percussion class with the master himself!!!

1)     CD to Vol. 1 instructional booklet:    Above rhythms plus Najib's special performance of              Darbouka solo &  Percussion solo   (Darbouka, Bendir, & Tambourine) 

2)     CD  to Vol. 2 instructional booklet:    Above rhythms plus 2 unique solos: 1 Middle-eastern            &  1 Tunisian


Tunisian rhythms vol. 1

Includes Ghita, Hala, Fazzani, M'dower tounsi, Mourabah bedoui, and Souga 
$15 (CD only; $4 S&H)


Secured payments thru Paypal:
Paypal email account: rhythmsaroundchicago@hotmail.com
Photos courtesy of Ms. Marge Schneider 
NAJIB BAHRI & EL AMAL
Master dual percussionist - Masha'alla!!!
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Najib demonstratng rhythm hand meditations in Appleton, WI
George, Najib, & Neill at Madison, WI percussion workshop
Photos courtesy of Ms. Marge Schneider 
Click on the picture to learn more about Najib Bahri & El Amal
   Mr Najib Bahri began playing darbouka at age eight with his father and uncles in theatres and for the Tunisian television. At age sixteen, he attended the Tunisian National Conservatory of Music. While finishing his education in France, Najib  performed in Parisian nightclubs.
    Over the years, he has researched different world rhythms and accompanied some of the most prestigious musicians of the Arabic world including Egyptian violinist Aboud Abdel Al,
Lebanese singer/composer
Wadi'h Essafi,
Lebanese composer
George Yazbek, Egyptian cellist Mahmoud Ramzi, Tunisian conductor  of Al-Rashidiya Ben  Heljia,  former music director of Tunisian television/composer/oud player  Ali Sriti, and Egyptian violinist Ahmed Hafnawai.
    He has a holistic teaching style that  incorporates breathing, singing, and moving while playing percussion. Percussionists George Lawler (US; Squishy/Frequency Lab/Sound Continuum Studios),
Neill Porteous
(US; Family of Souls), Susu Pampnin (US; Susu & the Cairo Cats), and Bassem Yazbek (Lebanon) are among those that have studied Najib's unique percussion style.
    Inventor of the electric darbouka, Najib builds specialized Arabic percussion instruments. He prefers playing the clay darbouka with the stingray drumheads (shown at left and above) over the metal darbouka with the synthetic drumhead (red drum shown
above
). It's natural and fine acoustic qualities are governed by the atmosphere, humidity, and temperature of the environment. Any percussionist (professional or amateur) should at least have some exposure to playing the clay darbouka.
     Najib also leads the musical group El Amal. Translated from Arabic, El Amal means "The Hope". The group plays a spectrum of classic and contemporary North African & Middle-Eastern music styles. Due to the multi-talented musicians from different walks of life and their world music inspiration, they also offer a unique sound which is coined "North African Dance Grooves".
    Current members include  George Lawler
(Percussion)
, Ronnie Malley (Oud), & Joseph Spilberg (Bass), and Tipsuda Bahri
(Dancer).
    Najib & El Amal are based in Chicago, Illinois & Paris, France. They perform and conduct rhythm & dance workshops throughout the US & EU.  CD's are also available
    Najib & El Amal are available for drum & dance classes/workshops, haflas (parties), and special events. Please contact us for booking information or questions:
nbahri_rhythms@hotmail.com
Introduction to North African & Middle-Eastern Rhythms
with Najib Bahri

To hear rhythm tracks, please click here
Instructional booklets  $15 each (S&H $5 per shipment)
Vol. 1
4/4: Wahda, Ayub, 6/4: Georgina, Darej, 7/4: Nawakht, 8/4: Baladi, Saiidi,
10/4: Samaii Thakil, Samaii Frangi
Vol. 2
4/4 Malfuf, Karachi, 8/4: Masmoudi, Chiftitelli, Chiftitelli-Taksim, Maqsoum,
10/4: Badri Bada, 7/8: Draj, 13/8: Samaii Zarafat


Accompanying CD's with the recorded rhythms 
$25 each (with booklet; plus $5 S & H)
$45 for entire package : both volumes; booklets & CD's (FREE S&H!)
(Discount available for group purchases. S & H included)

Najib demonstrates how the rhythms are played in basic format as well as with flavors, emphasis, & techniques. 

Hear why Najib is called the "Jimi Hendrix" of North African percussion

It's like having a personal instructional percussion class with the master himself!!!

1)     CD to Vol. 1 instructional booklet:    Above rhythms plus Najib's special performance of              Darbouka solo &  Percussion solo   (Darbouka, Bendir, & Tambourine) 

2)     CD  to Vol. 2 instructional booklet:    Above rhythms plus 2 unique solos: 1 Middle-eastern            &  1 Tunisian


Tunisian rhythms vol. 1

Includes Ghita, Hala, Fazzani, M'dower tounsi, Mourabah bedoui, and Souga 
$15 (CD only; $4 S&H)


Secured payments thru Paypal:
Paypal email account: rhythmsaroundchicago@hotmail.com
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El Amal (ArabFest 2002; Milwaukee, WI): Top row (L-R):  Joseph Spilberg, George Lawler, Najib Bahri; Bottom row (L-R) Dan Nicky, Tipsuda, Neill Porteous