Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya

Live show "Tarab" produced by Hanan Sabbagh - 15 Oct. 2014

RFI - Sunday 01 February 2015

"World music matters" By Alison Hird

Tarek Abdallah, a composer, oud player and musicologist from Alexandria in Egypt, draws his inspiration from the "Nahda" era, the golden age of the art of Egyptian oud solo (1910-1930). He discovered a passion for this music, long neglected in his native Egypt, when he arrived to study in France over a decade ago. His album WASLA, Egyptian musical suites, recorded with renowned Egyptian percussionist Adel Shams El-Din will bring this music to a far wider audience. Listen to the podcast

Mezzo TV

Award Top Mezzo album - January 2015

Mezzo Classic Jazz TV has selected the album "Wasla" among the best releases of January 2015.

fROOTS 382

by Mark T. - April 2015

« (…) Tarek’s playing is controlled, fluid, virtuosic and dynamic whilst the interplay with the riq is mesmerising and sure-footed and has the hallmarks of a great partnership reminding me at times of the great interplay between the Indian musicians Ravi Shankar and Alla Rakha. This CD is of supreme historical significance as it revives traditional oud playing whilst significantly expanding its repertoire via the groundbreaking incorporation of Wasla song tunes. Brilliantly executed, it takes the music in a new direction whilst retaining traditional values. Timeless and enthralling I expect to be still listening to this in years to come. »

Songlines Magazine

Top of the world April/May 2015

Songlines magazine has selected the album "Wasla" in Top of the World CD compilation.

Mixed World Music

by Ton Maas - March 2015

SONGLINES April/May 2015

5 stars chronicle by Bill Badley page 73

"Good old-fashioned amazing classical lutesmanship"

Wall Street International Magazine - May 10, 2015

by Catalina Maria Johnson

Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el-Din : Delicate Textures of Classical Egyptian Music

I had the opportunity to interview Alexandrian Tarek Abdallah at Babel Med 2013, and it was a pleasure to see the continued evolution of this master oud musician’s efforts to revive and preserve wasla, classical Egyptian music in the Arab tradition (which reached its heyday in the late 19th century and early 20th century). In a breathtakingly beautiful performance, Tarek Abdallah and Adel Shams el-Din explored these complex rhythmic and melodic treasures in the ripples of an ongoing dialogue between Abdallah’s oud and Shams el-Din’s riqq (classical Arabic tambourine), breathing new life into a nearly forgotten, delicate and lyrical genre.

read online Wall Street International Magazine

Jan/Feb 2016

SONGLINES#114 best albums by Simon Broughton

BBC radio 3 @WOMEX in Budapest - Otc 2015

World on 3 by Lopa Kothari

Lopa Kothari has invited Tarek Abdallah & Adel Shams El-Din to play live at BBC Radio 3.

Listen to BBC radio 3 (live + interview starts at 1’24’’34)