Saturday, August 3, 2019

Recording: The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Artist: The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Songs: two unknown pieces*

Recorded at The Tranzac's Main Hall (The Music Gallery's Departures Series: TONE Festival), June 6, 2019.

The Dwarfs of East Agouza - unknown #1

The Dwarfs of East Agouza - unknown #2

Continuing a recent tradition, Tad Michalak brought together two of his curatorial undertakings — the TONE Festival and the Music Gallery's Departures Series — to put on a scaled-up show to launch the former's third iteration. This trio of transcultural deep-groovers saw Sam Shalabi (guitarist, known for his work in Shalabi Effect and Land of Kush) and Alan Bishop (of the Sun City Girls and co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies label) joined by Maurice Louca (on synth and beats) to mutate Egyptian pop and other styles into a seamless pastiche of shortwave transmissions, postpunk shred, no wave skronk and further unclassifiable ingredients, similar to the mix heard on their Bes album.

* Does anyone know the title to these? Please leave a comment!


  1. Hey there this is Sam Shalabi of the Dwarfs Of East Agouza- we r just wondering if you recorded this gig ( or who did) - we'd love a copy of it .thanks.

    1. Hi! Just saw this comment now... send me an email at mechanicalforestsound (at) and we can get you sorted!