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Hossam Ramzyhas been nominated in the Songlines Music Awards 2012 in the category of Best Artist for his albumRock The Tabla.  

In an announcement made today, 14th March 2012, the leading world music magazine Songlines revealed that 'Egypt's Ambassador of Rhythm' has been shortlisted for the award in the Best Artist category, the result of a public vote by Songlines readers.


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Hossam said today "I am honoured and deeply inspired to receive this recognition from Songlines, whom I consider to be the leaders of world music. I have always believed that 'music is the sound of a soul and rhythm is its heartbeat', and I feel that Rock The Tabla has been a magnificent journey in which I discovered both. Thank you for this nomination and above all, I would like to thank all my fans who nominated me for this award."

Once referred to by Songlines themselves as
"the Egyptian percussionist who rock stars call when their tracks need spicing up a little", with Rock The Tabla, Hossam decided to turn the tables and ask some of his friends to join him on an album of his own. On the albumHossam leads an all-star cast of musicians including A.R. Rahman, Billy Cobham, Manu Katch� and Omar Faruk Tekbilek (among others) to produce what was described by Allmusic as "...one of the best pieces of Arab rock to ever come out of a pair of speakers".



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The idea for Rock The Tabla had been conceived some 10 years ago, and while it has been a huge part of Hossam's life and career for the last decade, in that time he has still managed to release more than a dozen albums in his own name, and perform on many more. He has travelled the world with his Egyptian dance concerts and workshops, worked with some of pop's biggest names (including Ricky Martin and Shakira), and contributed to several motion picture soundtracks.

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A 'Songlines Awards Special' will air on BBC Radio 3 on Friday 16th March featuring all the Songlines Awards nominees, including Hossam. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world-music). The winners will be announced in the June issue of Songlines (#84), on sale 27th April.

Songlines is the leading world music magazine, and the Songlines Music Awards is now in its fourth year. Previous winners in the Best Artist category include Femi Kuti, Goran Bregovic, and Rokia Traor�.


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