Sam (aka DJ Nas) is a pioneering Latin & world music percussionist & DJ. He hails from Arabic lineage & has lived in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait & France. He introduced & pioneered Latin & world music & events Australia-wide, & held many long-term residencies, touring with international Grammy award-winning artists, as well as world-famous Latin dancers. He has played to audiences of thousands on a regular basis.
Sam recently toured Egypt extensively to explore the rhythms & music of his ancestors. He has shifted his focus to Arabic drumming & musical production. He shares his deep knowledge of Arabic music & culture with new online resources & workshops.
Sam teaches participants how to play, understand, feel & integrate a variety of Arabic rhythms & nuances. His aim is to help dancers & drummers develop a stronger connection to the RHYTHMIC ESSENCE of Arabic & Afro-Arabic music. He also teachers Cuban Latin style percussion. He currently offers WEEKLY GROUP DARBUKA LESSONS in Perth, as well as private tuition.
Keti is the creator of A-Z Bellydance, which she developed in Egypt, during the time she lived there, for 20 years. She performed to live Arabic music since her teens, & has spent her entire career researching somatics & musicality for dancers, as well as working with countless musicians & artists in Egypt, including Farida Fahmy, Mahmoud Reda & Shahira Mehrez.
Keti's passion for bellydancing (Raqs Sharqi) & the Egyptian folkloric arts, blends with an interest in health & wellbeing. Her A-Z Bellydance & fitness courses are taught in 40 countries worldwide & she has trained thousands of bellydance students, professional performers & teachers. Keti's new A-Z Bellydance courses feature classes with live rhythms played by Sam - a deeper exploration of the rhythm-movement relationship, particularly for footwork.