El Tanbura are a collective of veteran Egyptian master musicians, singers, fishermen and philosophers. For twenty years they've been custodians to some of Egypt’s oldest folk melodies at their home in Port Said, the Mediterranean gateway to the Suez Canal. Band members dress in an eclectic mix of Gallibiyas and Levis with Gucci sunglasses, Fez and Nike caps. Their music is driven by the seductive call of the Simsimiyya - an ancient lyre dating back to the times of the Pharaohs.
Friends of Bamboute - 20th Anniversary Edition CD (2009)
Veteran Egyptian musicians, singers, fishermen and philosophers El Tanbura celebrate two decades as the custodians of Simsimiyya music with Friends of Bamboute: 20th Anniversary Edition, the long-awaited follow-up to 2006‘s Between the Desert and the Sea.
Recorded in Cairo and on location in Port Said, the album recounts tales of the 19th century Bambutiyya merchants who frequented the old-time cafes and smoking dens along the path of Suez Canal and also showcases devotional Sufi songs from the Egyptian Delta.