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A brand new and familiar voice: Tamino Amir

He is a singer with a striking beauty, a different calmness and an extraordinary maturity despite her young age.

Even with these aspects, he has an attitude that gives the viewer the impression that he is watching a 'New Jeff Buckley'.

His delicate vocals with falsetto inevitably draw the direction of the arrows to Buckley.
Of course, the feelings that both artists instill in their audiences are also very close. The forms of the pieces and their melodies, each of which has the taste of a different lament, are enough to shatter one's heart.

Not to mention that Amir also gives the impression of living a little-known part of Radioahead. By the way, Radiohead's Colin Greenwood is already on the bass guitar.

Of course, similar minds attract each other in music as well

“There are people who say they like the falsetto I use very much,” he says in an interview, and adds: “They ask me why I don't use it more often. But I don't want it to be like a trick or something acrobatic. I really need to avoid doing this. I say whatever feels right to me. ”

Amir's concerts also take the form of a serene ritual. He has a soft style that doesn't have much movement, circulates as much as the musical form allows, embraces his listener and takes him on a tour in his arms. The merger of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke produces music that feels like a vocalist has come to Massive Attack.

Realizing his musical talents alongside his family, young Tamino's journey should not be forgotten by his grandfather, who gained fame in the golden age of Egyptian cinema in the 1960s. His grandfather's stage name was "The Voice of the Nile"... Maybe the origins of this emotional intensity in the family come from the banks of the Nile, who knows?


While Tamino was visiting his grandfather, one of his earnings was the guitar he discovered in his grandfather's closet. After that, it has already progressed by itself. Tamino started composing and singing with that guitar.

Amir has an orchestra of refugee musicians, many from Iraq and Syria. The fact that the name of the group means "musical nostalgia" in Arabic is also very appropriate because Tamino's productions are based on the old-world romance of his grandfather's music, but at the same time, the pop vibes that he adds with a modern twist include a brand new genre.

Tamino said, “If my band were a Western orchestra, we would have to add every detail to the notes or do it exactly as it was written… I don't want a straight playing and performance without any dynamic playing. Artifacts sound really flat, with no rises or falls in the structure of the pieces,” he explains


As a matter of fact, while listening to his music, you get into a calm and sometimes high mood, like the change in the flow of a stream.
The tonal curves in his music match the sounds you hear in Tamino's own voice – Arabic – not used much in Western music – quarter notes, midtones embrace you. It takes you to different places with an atmosphere that you have always known but heard for the first time.

He doesn't hesitate to say that his voice was "terrible" before the breathing exercises he took at the Amsterdam Royal Conservatory at the age of 17. The classical education he received is constantly taking his productions to a whole new level with modern and local touches. It is an enjoyable performance to watch and listen to.

“I get so proud when people compare me to the artists I look up to and admire,” he says. “I knew many of those bands when I was younger: Radiohead, Nirvana, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles… Writing songs is something you have to learn. But singing comes from a very different place for me. ”

Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, who contributed to the modern musical style I encountered on the album, got to know Tamino through a mutual friend who brought him to a concert in Antwerp, and things took a completely different turn after that.
After that, we can easily say that Tamino's path is clear.

You can find tickets for the concert HERE. Good concerts already.