Anyone who sees the Belgian-Egyptian singer, guitarist and songwriter Tamino live once will fall under his spell. Big words, sure, but you're welcome to convince yourself of this statement's truthfulness in February, when he stops by for three more shows in Germany.
Already his debut "Amir" from 2018 convinced many critics and fans alike. Now there is finally the much-awaited second album " Sahar", on which Tamino brings together the wistful mood of Arabic musical traditions with melancholic poetry. That Tamino's music is steeped in the sound of the Middle East should hardly come as a surprise if you know a little about his biography. His grandfather, Muharram Fouad, was one of Egypt's most famous singers and actors, and it was his old guitar, given to Tamino as a child, that started him on his musical journey. On "Sahar" Tamino pays musical tribute to Fouad, musical: he very often lets an oud chime, the lute instrument from the Near East that his grandfather played.
Also involved in Tamino's second album were: Producer PJ Maeartens, drummer Ruben Vanhoute and Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood. As a guest voice he was able to win the French pop singer Angèle in the wonderful duet "Sunflower".
Live, songs like "The Longing", the acoustic road trip "Fasciniation", the slow grooving "You Don't Own Me" from "Sahar", but also pieces like "Habibi" and "Indigo Night" from the debut "Amir" gain an intensity that is second to none. If you don't fall for Tamino's voice and guitar playing, you won't feel anything else either.