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Hossam Ramzy-The Sultan of Swing Dies-passion for percussion

Hossam Ramzy - The Sultan of Swing Dies
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Hossam Ramzy-The Sultan of Swing Dies. He was 65 years old.  Cause of death, September 11, is not known.  Watch one of his best performances in UK

Hassam Ramzy’s death has come as a shock to his family friends and fans across the globe. He was born in Cairo.  His family, also musicians, recognised his talent at an early age and encouraged him to pursue his ambition.

From Cairo there was Saudi Arabia which led him to join bedouin tribes.  Here he picked up their amazing talents and developed their beats to his sound.

In the mid 1970s Hassam came to England and played with some of the top British musicians.  Some of them Andy Sheppard and Geoff Williams.

Hossam’s percussion and exciting rhythms on his albums caught the imagination of Peter Gabriel and Hossam was invited to perform on PASSION and later US.  Hossam worked with many top musicians including Joan Armatrading & Mary Wilson.

Pop

In 1994 Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (ex-Led Zeppelin)invited Hosssam to bring together a band of Arabian musicians and work on their reunion album ‘No Quarter – Unledded’ for which he was rewarded a GOLD thena PLATINUM discs. This led to Hossam joining Page & Plant on their historic reunion 1995/96 world tour.

Platinum

In November 2001 at the 25th Anniversary of the ARC Music record company, with whom Hossam has released 18 Albums in his own name for the Egyptian dance, he was awarded a PLATINUM disc for being their top selling artist, over 200.000 record sales.

One of the most successful performances in the UK was at Womad 2015.  Watch the video to catch an amazing Hossam

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