Solo Live Cultural Performance

The best antidote for the clash of cultures is Music. This solo performance is uplifting, joyous, and participatory. Karim performs multiple drums, stomping and sticking folk dances, and melodic stories. He invokes Arab culture with acrobatic rhythms and percussive movement, for a modern setting. He strums songs on classical Arab and Pharonic instruments, orating anecdotes and giving verbal guidance through his tradition. This inclusive performance is education delivered as entertainment. Nagi will drum, chant, and dance until the stage is glowing, and the audience is enchanted.

School Assemblies, Classrooms, Outreach

One can see the soul of the Arab and their emotional conscience through the art forms that have dominated their lives over centuries. Arabiqa's goal is to demonstrate the depth of Arab art as exemplified in music and dance. Karim Nagi's presentations are highly participatory, entertaining, and geared towards young audiences. Arab culture, through the universal language of music, becomes demystified and humanized. The beauty and authenticity of Arabic music and dance serve as a convincing demonstration of the simultaneous exoticism and familiarity of this ancient culture.

Musical Theatre Play

The musical oratory features Drummer, DJ & Orator Karim Nagi, who guides you on an alternative tour of the Arab World & Arab Diaspora. Using percussion, verse, storytelling, video projections and an urban remix soundscape, Karim describes revolution, recreation, immigration, profiling, identity, food, dance, music & humor. Pieces like "Yalla Yalla" poetically chronicle the Arab Spring, while the anthem "Baladi TukTuk" describes the challenges of immigration. Nagi's witty writing and iconic artwork are all tied together by his articulate percussion and bold movements.

An electric amalgam of Arab music & Chicago blues

The Arab Blues traces a trajectory between tradition, innovation and the response of the diaspora. Rami Gabriel and Karim Nagi create an auditory expression of the validity of tradition's transformation under the unique cultural conditions we inhabit. The basis is the Turath, the canon of classical Arab compositions and improvisational techniques. They interpret Turath in the context of the sounds of the contemporary North American metropole. In this project, the equally lush traditions of Blues and Jazz in Chicago provide the context of how we approach and deliver our Arab tradition.
Ensemble of Native Arab Masters

A revival is needed, one that honors both tradition and progression. So rather than rigidly replicating past formulas, Nagi uses a fertile approach to the rhythms, sections, arrangements and modulations. Huzam unearths the acoustic instruments once expelled by machines, and re-sings genre once ignored by the urban haste. Karim Nagi (riqq) conscripts established musicians Ronnie Malley (oud), Naeif Rafeh (nay) and Emad Ibrahim (keman). These virtuosic instrumentalists augment the elegant rhymes of Karim's percussion, and his original compositions all created within traditional forms.

Arab Dance & Music Troupe

KARAMA is a pan-Arab dance excursion set to a live score of both traditional and original Arabic music. The iconic items of regional clothing create the scenes that feature dynamic community dances, along with performances on musical instruments of Arab tradition. The voyage starts with a humble interactive living room party, and continues onward to the Arabian Peninsula, North Africa, Egypt and Near East. Dancer & Musician KARIM NAGI guides the audience with educational oratory and participatory joyfulness. KARAMA (Arabic for dignity/nobility) is an Arab heritage troupe based in Chicago IL.