TURBO TABLA is a dancer's epiphany. Belly dancers from New York to California choreograph to Turbo Tabla songs. It has the magical ingredients: the rolling and sharp pops of the Arabic Tabla, the intoxicating Eastern microtonal melodies, and a techno house groove. Karim has made music for
Bellyqueen and their great new DVD, plus the new Bellydance Superstars CD and tour, and an upcoming product by the Belly Twins.
Turbo Tabla now has its own performance dance troupe. BELLYDANCE OVERDRIVE includes young and talented dancers, Meiver (Dominican Rep.), Lauren (USA) and Nina (Brazil), along with Karim. The troupe performs solos, duets and trios to Turbo Tabla songs and live music. They wear custom ethno-modern outfits designed by Karim, and perform a perfect concoction of traditional and progressive Arabic dance. They perform as concert opening acts, in dance festivals, headline nightclub events, and conduct dance parties.
Karim specializes in the connection between dance and music. He teaches Dance and Music Workshops such as Arab Folk Dance, Musicality for Dancers, Segat ("Zill" finger cymbals), Dabka (Arabic Line Dancing), Percussion for Dancers (rhythmic literacy and basic drum technique) and Dancer-Drummer Communication (dancing to drum solos and interpreting sound into movement.)
TURBO TABLA is a solo performance that combines the spontaneity of a live drummer with the stylistic intensity of a DJ. The best description would be "Arabic Techno". Karim, a classically trained Egyptian percussionist, performs on his feet with and an amplified Tabla (goblet drum) that employs many of the effects and sounds of an electric guitar. Karim dances, spins, jumps and entertains while executing the most rapid and grooveworthy hand percussion possible. The accompaniments are always the remixes and recreations of traditional Arabic and World music, with techno and hip hop beats, created by Karim. Karim is an accomplished performer of traditional Arabic music with the highest calibre of authenticity. It is this classical expertise that allows Karim to make modern Oriental music while maintaining the discipline of his Arabic background.