Muhammad Ra’fat

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Muhammad Ra’fat

Born in 1989 in Cairo, Egypt, Muhammad Ra’fat enrolled in the Academy of Arts – Higher Institute of Music Cairo
Conservatoire, in 2002. After spending four years playing Tabla (Darabouka) at the Balloon Arts and Culture Theater from the age of 12, he initially studied French horn for three years before eventually transferring to the classical percussion department.

During his years as a student he participated in several workshops, including workshops of the Grammy-award winning artist Fathy Salama, and soon, besides being a classically trained orchestral percussionist, grew passionate about modern drumming.

Being entirely self-taught on the drum set, he has played with a broad range of both international as well as local independent artists and has been deeply embedded into the Cairene music scene for several years. He is a session drummer well-versed in a variety of styles, such as world music, jazz fusion, funk, hip-hop, soul, reggae, drum&bass, latin jazz, modern jazz and pop. Personally, he is especially passionate about fusions of Oriental and jazz influences.

Being highly experienced in not only live performance but also studio recording for both independent and pop artists, he has continually strived to pass on his knowledge in workshops on playing as a session musician and in a studio recording setting in and around Cairo.

More recently, he has been touring throughout Egypt, the Middle East, North America and Europe with various artists and projects, such as Fathy Salama, Dina El Wedidi, Youssra El Hawary, Ramy Essam and the Rami Attallah Group. Additionally, he made his first experiences in musical theater while playing the drums in the theater production SMASH-UP!, played in Unga Klara in Stockholm, Sweden, throughout October 2016.

He is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

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