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Musician Salama Blends Jazz, Traditional Arab Style

Musician Fathy Salama started playing piano in Cairo jazz clubs at age 13, and has since been recognized for his combinations of traditional Arab music and jazz, winning a 2005 Grammy award for his collaboration with Youssou N'Dour on the "Egypt" album. Salama discusses his music and participation in the Arabesque festival.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Finally tonight, the last of our stories about the "Arabesque" festival of arts at the Washington, D.C.'s, Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Brown reports from Egypt on a musician's story.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    On a recent Friday night at the Cairo Jazz Club, pianist, composer and producer Fathy Salama held forth with an electric version of his blurring of musical boundaries, East and West, mixing the Arabic music he grew up on with the Western jazz he first heard one day on the radio at home in Cairo.

  • FATHY SALAMA, Jazz Musician:

    I used to listen to Voice of America and used to listen to this kind of music I was really in love with. I didn't even know then that it was called "jazz."