Special Project: Maryam Saleh & Crash Nomada

Egyptian songstress Maryam Saleh and Swedish folk punk band Crash Nomada collaborated on a reinterpretation of a searing sufi song titled Leih ya Hamam (why, doves). Considered Egyptian folklore and known through the performances of the late Sheikh Ahmed Barrayn, Leih ya Hamam features Maryam Saleh singing the original lyrics with Crash Nomada’s Ragnar Bey rendering his interpretation of the song in Swedish. The single was be released for streaming and digital download worldwide in June 2017 via Arab independent label Mostakell along with a video filmed and directed by Attila Urban.

Since August 2016, with support from Musikverket, Simsara has worked on connecting experimental, alternative and electronic music communities in Sweden and the Arab world, through an ever-expanding network of partners in both territories. This often meant exciting new work could be realised through artist-instigated collaborations, such as the one between Maryam Saleh and Crash Nomada.