Karim Nagi is a passionate ambassador of Arab culture with a mission to show students a world beyond sensationalist headlines that is rich in tradition, vibrant expression, and stirring rhythm. A native Egyptian and immigrant to the USA, Karim has been a professional musician for 30 years and is an internationally recognized folk dance teacher. As a percussionist, he has authored 14 CDs and instructional DVDs. He is also a TEDx speaker and a board member of Chamber Music America. His Arabiqa school assembly program is in its 19th year, and has performed over 400 in schools nationwide.
Karim teaches at the New England Conservatory of Music and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, and several Community Colleges. He has recorded music for Bellydance Superstars, Bellyqueen, and the Bellytwins, as well as mainstream artists like Alicia Keys, and The Urban Griot Project.
His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and Arab dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in nearly all major bellydance festivals in the United States and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA.
Karim captivated the entire school. I’ve never heard as many positive reviews from teachers and students to any act we have booked! Karim was a one-man wonder.
I just wanted to follow up and tell you how much our school community enjoyed Karim Nagi’s performances! I’ve had excellent feedback all around – from administrators, teachers, and students. Karim hit the right tone for each age group and engaged the audiences extremely well. Karim was a true professional. He made the material accessible to our students. I was so pleased to see students approaching him after the show to ask questions! Teachers came up to me to say things like “best ever” and “grand slam” and “couldn’t have been more perfect for our students.” I am so very grateful to Karim and to Young Audiences for giving us this gift of art, music and culture!
Just wanted to express how impressed the students and faculty were with Karim’s presentation today. Faculty were giving thumbs up my way before his program had even ended! Karim is a highly skilled performer/educator whose presentation was impeccably engaging for all of our grade levels. His message is one that will thankfully stick with our students for years to come due to his inspiring visit.
'I think I now know not to just look to the news to tell me what is happening around the world. In order to really experience what everyday life is like in places with a “bad reputation,” I should listen to something similar to what we just heard.'
'I learned about the Arab world more. I didn’t really know much about where he came from other than that there were terrorists there.'
'Here in America so many people consider all Muslims to be terrorists. Karim clearly explained that of course not every Muslim is a terrorist and that many Muslims enjoy the same things that we do. I understood what he meant. I really liked hearing him play his instruments.'
'One take away was that there is a lot about the Arab World I didn’t know.'
'I really liked yesterday’s performance. I enjoyed how he played all different kinds of traditional instruments and explained how he played them. I also enjoyed how he would dance as he played the music. He was very interesting and I hope that we can see someone like him again.'
'I took away from the performance that we should try to look at the positive things of other countries and religions because some countries have really cool things that no one really knows.'