Tamino Signs to Arts & Crafts and Plays First Ever North American Shows at SXSW 2019
Tamino is pleased to announce his signing to Toronto based label Arts & Crafts for North America. The young artist's debut album Amir was produced by PJ Maertens and Jo Francken, and features Radiohead's Colin Greenwood on the single "Indigo Night".
Of Belgian, Egyptian, and Lebanese heritage, the 22-year-old musician named Tamino-Amir Moharam Fouad has written and shaped an album filled with startling sit-up-and-listen power. His voice, at one moment sweetly crooning (Cigar) at the next displaying a blistering and flawless falsetto showing off his breath-taking three octave range (Habibi). Throughout the album, Tamino is joined by a collective of Arabic musicians based in Brussels called Nagham Zikrayat an orchestra predominantly made up of professional musicians from the Middle East, most of whom are refugees that fled Iraq and Syria.
This March Tamino will play his first ever North American show at SXSW 2019 (date below). Last Fall he was featured in Live Nation's One's To Watch, which spoke of Tamino's voice saying his "falsetto surpasses 'face melting' and rises to a space of pureness that can only be described as divine." His stunning live performances have garnered large and growing audiences across Europe and the UK. Including sold out show across Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, The United Kingdom and more. Recently, he announced his first headline stadium show in Nov 2019 at Antwerp's Lotto Arena.
The BBC hailed Amir as "The New Sound Of The Nile" an ode to Tamino's grandfather the famed Egyptian singer and movie star Muharram Fouad. The Independent included Amir in their top 10 albums of 2018 and asked "Is Tamino the heir to Jeff Buckley?". Tamino won the Anchor Award at Germany's 2018 Reeperbahnfestival and has been nominated for 5 MIA Awards in Belgium.
Most recently, Tamino is making a splash in the fashion world and is featured alongside supermodel Gisele Bündchen in Missoni's SS19 Collection. During Paris Fashion week he was featured "in conversation" with Maison Valentino and performed a solo version of "Indigo Nights", watch here.
Tamino at SXSW - Austin, TX
Photo credit: Ramy Fouad