Alia Mohamed

Archive: Aug 2014

Tramaine Townsend

Last year, I had the opportunity of working with the super talented, Dallas-based artist, Tramaine Townsend. Check out the beautifully trippy visuals he created below and be sure to stop by his website for more magnificence.




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Thousand-Hand Guan Yin


From the film, Samsara

WIFE “The Grey Ones”


I recently was fortunate enough to do a photoshoot with the brilliant mind behind FANTASTULTRA, who provided the art direction and styling. Here are a couple of the photos. Many more to come. In the meantime, check out the Fantastultra Pinterest page, which I am completely obsessed with.

Photography by: Karlo X. Ramos

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Karl Hector “Jazz Modal Du Monde” Mix


Listen to one of my favorite mixes, “Jazz Modal Du Monde” by Karl Hector. Lots of great middle eastern sounds. Right click the link to download the mix and check out the Paris DJ’s site for more info on Karl Hector and this mix.

Here is the tracklist:

01. Nadi Qamar – After Glow
(from ‘The Nuru Taa African Musical Idiom: Played on the Mama-Likembi’ album, 1975 / Folkways)

02. East New York Ensemble De Music – Mevlana
(from ‘At The Helm’ album, 1974 / Folkways)

03. Art Blakey – Obirin African
(from ‘The African Beat’ album, 1962 / Blue Note)

04. Sun Ra – Mayan Temples
(from ‘Of Mythic Worlds album, 1980 / Philly Jazz)

05. Okay Temiz / Johnny Dyani – Sark Gezintileri
(from ‘Witchdoctor’s Son’ album, 1976 / Yonca)

06. Claude Delcloo / Arthur Jones – Africanasia (Part 1)
(from ‘Africanasia’ album, 1969 / BYG)

07. Bilal Abdurahman – Tone Poem Mysterioso
(from ‘Innovative Rhythmic and Tonal Textures for Developing Creative Motor Skill Activities’ album, 1976 / Folkways)

08. Maffy Falay / Sevda – Tamzara
(from ‘Jazz I Sverige ’72′ album, 1972 / Caprice)

09. Toni Esposito – Processione Sul Mare
(from ‘Processione Sul Mare’ album, 1976 / Numero Uno)

10. Lloyd Miller – Hue Wail
(from ‘Oriental Jazz’ album, 1969 / East West)

11. Mulatu Astatke – Kulunmanqueleshi
(from ‘Mulatu Of Ethiopia’ 1972 / Worthy)
12. Girma Bèyènè – Ene Negne By Manesh
(from ‘Enken Yelelebish’ 7 inch, 1969 / Amha)

13. Sun Ra – Aiethiopia
(from ‘The Nubians of Plutonia album, 1966 / Impulse)

14. Munir Bechir and his Quartet – Iraqui Dabka
(from ‘Babylon Mood’ album, 1972 / Parlophone)

Cult of Aphrodite Vintage

An amazing compilation of vintage photos of belly dancers, burlesque performers, contortionists, unique costumes, tribal garb, and much more lives over at the Cult of Aphrodite Vintage Facebook page. You can spend hours browsing hundreds of beautiful images of the female form. Here are a just a few…

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Latcho Drom

Beautiful clip from the highly-recommended movie, Latcho Drom, which captures the journey of Romani gypsies from India to Spain through music and dance. This clip shows the folkloric music and dance of the Ghawazi people in Egypt.

Abdel Halim Hafez – Teftekernie

Beautiful 60s Arabic music by Abedel Halim Hafez. For those who know, that is Omar Khorshid on guitar!

Lucille Ball as Cleopatra