Safe and Sounds: Safe & Sounds #21 – Sharif Sehnaoui (Annihaya Records)

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This Corona stuff really sucks ey! Since we might all be bound by borders for a while, we’d like to come together and share some happiness in the shape of a playlist or mix!

In the next days and weeks, check out Safe & Sounds, where we will figuratively introduce you to and put you in touch with music whizzes, featuring their selections, collections and picks from all around the globe.

Be “Safe & Sounds” and wash your hands!


Sharif Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. He plays both electric & acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments. Sharif also runs two record labels: Al Maslakh devoted to “publishing the un-publishable” on the Lebanese musical scene. And Annihaya, focusing on sampling, recycling and the displacement of various aspects of popular culture.

His main groups and projects include the “A” Trio (with Kerbaj & Raed Yassin), Wormholes an audio-visual performance with Kerbaj drawing live on a glass table, and Karkhana, a Middle-Eastern based super-group combining musicians from Beirut, Cairo & Istanbul, and solo on the acoustic guitar using unique percussive techniques. He also works with dance (Atsushi Takenouchi, Ali Chahrour, Taoufiq Izzediou…), theatre (Carlos Chahine, Raeda Taha…) and composes music for film (Ghassan Salhab, Akram Zaatari, Mai Masri…)

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