Omar Khorshid & His Group, “Sidi Mansour”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 09.16.14 in Listen to This

Three days after returning from the Australian tour during which this song was recorded Omar Khorshid, pioneering Egyptian guitarist, was killed in a car accident, cutting short his career and forever stifling his peerless talent. It was a tragic end to a career that was largely defined by incredible life and liveliness. Khorshid’s guitar style was manic and dizzying, incorporating elements of American surf — particularly, its razor-on-barbed-wire guitar tone — and putting it in the service of endlessly-knotting traditional melodies. All of that energy pulses through “Sidi Mansour,” taken from the forthcoming Live in Australia 1981, which documents Khorshid’s final tour. This essential document captures Khorshid fully in his element: wild, reckless and full of joy.