Karim Nagi

Type: Performance
Art Form: Dance, Music
Grade Level: K - 12

Karim Nagi is a passionate ambassador of Arab culture with a mission to show students a world beyond senstionalist headlines that is rich in tradition, vibrant expression, and stirring rythmn. He is a native Egyptian drummer, folk dancer and DJ, a true crossover artist, uniting Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and Modern, Ethnic and Urban. The creater of “turbo tabla”– a unique brand of Arab House/Electronica music using acoustic instruments–he is also well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of Arab music and Arab dance as the leader of the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble, and the Arab Dance Seminar. He is a performer and teacher of Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance and has authored instructional video for the tabla/doumbel and riq tambourine.


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. 

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