DRUMMER, DJ & ORATOR KARIM NAGI
GUIDES YOU ON AN ALTERNATIVE TOUR
OF THE ARAB WORLD & ARAB DIASPORA.
USING RHYTHM & VERSE KARIM DESCRIBES
REVOLUTION, RECREATION, IMMIGRATION,
PROFILING, FOOD, DANCE, MUSIC & MORE.
ARAB LIFE IS RECOUNTED USING MODERN
STORYTELLING, PERCUSSION & AN URBAN
REMIX SOUNDSCAPE. ORIGINAL ART & VIDEO COMPLETE THE ITINERARY. EDUCATIONAL &
GROOVEWORTHY, IT IS THE PERFECT TRIP.
Qantara . Monolith Cocjtail . Midwest Record . Sound Roots . Roots World .
"Detour Guide is an extraordinary work from the mind and heart of an extremely gifted and talented artist. It introduces us to an Arab world we never see in the movies or television news."
"It is an adventure worth taking. Nagi's lyrics are intriguing, barbed and catchy."
"Karim Nagi seeks to confound critics and the ignorant alike with a humorous musical whirlwind detour through the social and geopolitics of the Middle East."
The live stage production of Detour Guide will have a 4 week run from March 10 thru April 7, 2019, at Silk Road Rising CHICAGO IL.
#5 - EVERYONE DABKE
filmed in Colombia, Sardinia, L.A. & Maine
Stomping To The Sound Of The Tabli
Singing Or Shouting A Melody
Holding Hands Because We Are Family
This Is The Dance For Everyone Called Dabke
#7 - ORIENTAL MAGIC CARPET
filmed in Boston, with projected archives
...Delacroix Painting Naked Harem Feist
Of A Place South of Europe Yet Labeled East
Arabian Persian Indian Chinese Thai
All Close Enough For A Carpet To Fly
The East Goes From Morocco To Japan
But The West Goes From Austria to Washington ?
Anything Exotic Is Labeled "The Orient"
And Most Of The World Lives In That Nomad's Tent...
#11 - BALADI TUKTUK
filmed in Cairo, Alexandria & Boston
He Was An Immigrant In America
Serving Canned Hummus, It's A Joke Joke
So He Left Aladdin's Back To Cairo
Now He Drives His Own TukTuk
He Worked 18 Hours, Just Broke Even
Spare Cash Bought Hookah Smoke Smoke
Now He's Back In The Homeland, Self-Employed
With A Pimped-Out Baladi TukTuk
DETOUR GUIDE LIVE
Live Multimedia Storytelling Concert
This musical oratory features Egyptian Drummer, DJ & Actor Karim Nagi, who guides you on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab Diaspora. Using percussion, verse, storytelling, video projections and an urban remix soundscape, Karim describes revolution, recreation, immigration, profiling, identity, food, dance, music & humor. Pieces like "Yalla Yalla" poetically chronicle the Arab Spring, while the anthem "Baladi TukTuk" describes the challenges of immigration. Nagi's witty writing and iconic artwork are all tied together by his articulate percussion and bold dancing.
Book Pages with Audio
1) Take a Ride with the Detour Guide [@ 0:00]
2) Your First Arab [@ 1:05]
3) Yalla Yalla [@ 2:35]
4) What Arabs Do For Fun [@ 7:48]
5) Everyone Dabke [@ 9:43]
6) ReOrientalism [@ 12:50]
7) Oriental Magic Carpet [@ 14:37]
8) This Is Arab Love [@ 17:53]
9) Heartfull of Cairo (f/ Pleasant Gehman)[@ 19:48]
10) Earn Learn Return [@ 23:31]
11) Baladi TukTuk [@ 25:08]
12) If I Were Hummus [@ 29:24]