Tamino Fouad is a Belgium-based artist of Egyptian and Lebanese heritage. He began playing music as a teen, and was into punk rock before he found his mother’s record collection. He soon discovered the works of artists that would come to influence him as a songwriter: Serge Gainsbourg, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley, and Oumou Sangaré. He also draws from his late grandfather Moharam Fouad, an acclaimed Egyptian musician and actor.
On his debut album Amir, Tamino blends his western upbringing with his Arabic roots to create a remarkably unique sound. He recorded the album with Nagham Zikrayat, a Brussels based collective of Arabic musicians predominantly comprised of refugees from Iraq and Syria. The record also features an appearance from Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood on the track “Indigo Night.”
He visited us to perform “Tummy”, the third track on Amir, as well as “Crocodile” which is featured on the deluxe version of the record.