El Tanbura Biography (Wikipedia)
El Tanbura is an Egyptian band.
It was gradually formed in the late 1980s by Zakaria Ibrahim, the organizer. Zakaria Ibrahim was deeply effected by the Suhbaguyya when he heard about it in Port Said, he was only a young boy. He returned to Port Said in 1980 when he is a full grown-up. He found that the musical condition in Port Said is critical. In order to rescue the traditional Egyptian music, he spent 9 years to look for the old masters and established friendship and tried to convince the musicians to perform once again. He hoped to remind the people of Port Said of the original spiritual feeling at the core of the music before it was lost forever.
In 1989, a small nucleus of veteran performers recruited by Zakaria came together to form the fledgling El Tanbura group, augmented by younger singers who had been similarly captivated by Zakaria's plan. By the formulative years, El Rayis Imbabi, one of the group members was responsible for passing key repertoire from Port Said's past to the younger members, fulfilling a centuries-old tradition of the transmission of melodies from one generation to the next, and thus ensuring their survival through the Chinese whispers of history.
El Tanbura Tracks