Maryam… A major creative force and a powerful voice for her generation, Egyptian singer and songwriter Maryam Saleh composes and performs music that is personal, political and philosophical; intense, intelligent Egyptian music with Arabic language and influences of Trip Hop and Psych Rock.
In the past year, Maryam has played widely across the Arab World. In Egypt she has performed at venues including El Genaina Theater and Bibliotheca Alexandrina, where she launched her album Mesh Baghanny (‘I don’t sing’) in 2012. Maryam has appeared at the Palestine International Festival in Ramallah, and in Jordan and the Lebanon. She also takes part in projects with musicians from around the Arab World, including Zeid Hamdan (Lebanon), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Palestine) and Maurice Louca (Egypt).
Since success collaborating with a number of bands and music projects, including the BarakA band, with whom she blended rock music with Sheikh Imam’s songs, Maryam has forged a path as a solo artist, recording and performing her own projects and collaborations. Using her muscular, alluring vocals and charismatic stage presence (which is informed by her acting experience: she has starred in a number of independent film productions), Maryam brings her inventive contemporary compositions to life.
“Nouh Al Hamam” by Maryam Saleh, produced by Oddisee, is the first track of the “Sawtuha” compilation released in 2014 by Cologne/Berlin Jakarta Records. A group of female singers and musicians from Tunisia (Nawel Ben Kraiem, Badiaa Bouhrizi, Medusa, Houwaida), Libya (Nada) and Egypt (Donia Massoud, Maryam Saleh, Youssra El Hawary) met in Mohsen Matri Studio in Tunis to sing- against corruption, despotism, patronization and narrow-mindedness. The studio session was organized by the Berlin based NGO MICT (Media In Cooperation And Transition) and was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.