Al Qahwa is Maryem Tollar on vocals, riqq (Arabic tambourine) and qanun (Arabic table harp); Ernie Tollar on wind instruments; Demetri Petsalakis on oud and Naghmeh Fahrahmand on percussion. For their fourth recording, “Weyn Allah” they added Waleed Abdulhamid on bass and vocals. Lauren Barnett (b.up vocals and sax) and Roula Said (b.up vocals, percussion and dance) join the group for their CD Release Concert in June 2023 followed by a summer tour. Al Qahwa performs original compositions, as well as popular traditional Arabic repertoire – from Sufi Devotional Love songs from the Arab World to popular folk songs, to classic Egyptian songs made famous by the stars of Egypt (the Hollywood of the Middle East).
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