Gamal Gomaa: "Zagat for Dancers" workshop

Hala Dance Company is proud to present Master Egyptian singer & percussionist Gamal Gomaa teaching "Sagat" (zills) workshop. Learn how to use the finger cymbals as a musical instrument and greatly improve your performance.

Zagat For Dancers Workshop

Gamal Gomaa's Zagat for Dancers workshop helps dancers understand and apply proper zagat timing as it applies to Egyptian dance rhythms.  It is critical that the dancer knows how and when to enter the zagat into a piece of music in order to make the appropriate connection with the rhythm.  This is one of the key areas that Gamal will focus on.  In addition, attendees will learn different types and variations of measures that they can apply to a specific rhythm to create their own style and to make the music work for them.  In essence, dancers will learn to create their own zagat solos using malfoof, saidi, samaii and maksoum as a base.  This workshop is for all leves but particularly important for all dancers who are serious about their dance knowledge.

Gamal will perform on Saturday July 21 at the "Egyptian Summer" show! Buy your tickets before July 19. He will accompany Baheyya as well as play for open floor dancing!


Date :
Sunday 22 July , 2012
Location :

Odd Fellows Dance Hall, 839 Main St, Redwood City, CA 94063

Schedule :
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm : Segat class with Gamal Gomaa
No refunds. Non-transferable. No video cameras
Registration :
  • At door : $35 CASH ONLY
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Who is Gamal Gomaa:
Gamal Gomaa began studying percussion at age eight. Five years later he was playing tabla for “El Ferka el Gamaeya” at Cairo University. During this time, Gamal performed with a variety of Middle Eastern stars, including Mohammed Abdel Moteleb (Egypt), Moowafak Bahget (Syria), Ismael Hedre (Jordan), Oolaya Altunisia (Tunisia), Farag El Araby (Libya), Shafiq Galel (Egypt), Sayad El Malah (Egypt), Karem Mahmoud (Egypt), Sabah (Lebanon), Wadea El Safi (Lebanon), Ida El Shaer (Egypt), Hooraya Hassan (Egypt), Nadia Gamal (Egypt), and Sayed Makawi (Egypt).
In 1971, at age 16, Gamal was invited to record and perform with European singing star Demis Roussos. Over the next decade Gamal toured worldwide, working with and composing tabla solos for Egyptian dance stars Nagua Fouad, Fifi Abdo, Lucy, Sohair Zaki, ZeeZee Mustafa, Ragaa Yousef, Nadia Fouad, Hanan, Hala Safi, Aza Sharif, Sahar Hamdi, Hayatem, and Nahed Sabri. He also recorded with well known composers such as Hassan Abu Elsaoud, Hani Shanouda, Ibrahim Elradio, Tareq Akef and Hameed Elshaeri. From the late seventies to the late eighties, Gamal was
the only tabla player to record professionally in Egypt. His work appears on over 100 recordings.
In 1976, Gamal graduated from the Music Academy of Cairo. He went on to teach music there until 1979.
In 1984, Gamal was invited to work in New York City where he played for the top dancers and singers of the time. In addition to performing in nightclubs, Gamal became the drummer for the legendary Ibrahim Farah.
Gamal began his professional singing career in New York City, which led him in 1993 to Los Angeles. He opened for Alabina and Amr Diab and went on to produce his own concerts with vocal arstists Ehab Tawfik and Hakim.
Gamal sang professsionally in London, Paris, Spain, Germany, Egypt and the Emirates. He has won several awards for his work, including the 2000 Arab American Association award for outstanding performance in Middle Eastern Music.
As a percussionist, Gamal performed with Chebi Sabah in 2006 and at the Hollywood Bowl in 2007. He has given concerts and presented worshops at the University of Santa Barabara & UCLA in California and Reed College in Oregon. His own CD recordings include “Shake Me, Ya Gamal,” “Dance of 2000,” “Awi Awi,” and the “Heartbeat of Egypt.” His music has been featured on radio stations and in magazines across the country, including NPR and the LA times.
Gamal currently resides in Los Angeles, where he sings professionally and teaches tabla, doof, sagat, riq, dahola, and rhythm for dancers. He has expanded his repertoire to Persian, Armenian and Spanish music.