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Drummer, Band Leader, Dancer, Record Producer
Beyond the Pale - 10th July 2011

Guy Schalom has over 25 years' musical experience.

He appears internationally with a host of recording artists and world class dancers performing many varied styles of music.

He also leads his own bands including the acclaimed Baladi Blues Ensemble.

"Guy Schalom is one of the most versatile and interesting percussionists working in the UK today."

fROOTS

"One of the UK's leading percussionists..."

Songlines

"Schalom's mastery of this music is as out of this world as his mastery of the darabuka, both of which are breath-taking..." Rich Rainlore

 
New: Baladi Blues Ensemble Video
 
BBC Radio 4: Bellydancing and the Blues

First aired: Wed 26th December 2012 BBC Radio 4

Guy Schalom hunts out the spirit of the new Egypt in one of its biggest cultural exports.

Baladi Blues Ensemble

Our journey begins in Berlin, as bejwelled dancers from across Europe gather on a theatre stage ready to do battle for the title 'Miss Bellydance 2012'.

As we discover in Cairo, deep divisions remain between those who think it is a vital expression of the oriental spirit and those committed to regenerating sexual stereotypes.

So what is the reality of bellydance and Baladi in the new Egypt? As with so much in this rapidly changing culture, answers prove difficult to find.

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