|Born in Cairo, his
musical career began early, when at age 3 he was given his first drum -
an Egyptian Tabla. His passion for percussion was noted by his family
(many of whom themselves were in the arts) who encouraged him to master
his craft by studying with the leading music teachers in Egypt. A move to
Saudi Arabia introduced Hossam to many of the Bedouin tribes who gave the
young Hossam a rich insight into the cultural origins of Middle Eastern
music that became the inspiration for many of his later rhythmic directions.
In the mid 1970's he moved to England, and enjoyed great success as a Jazz and Latin style drummer working with many highly respected Jazz Musicians like Andy Shepherd and Geoff Williams. But as he began looking for new directions in percussive sounds, he found himself turning full circle back to his first love the Egyptian drums, and the thrilling dance rhythms of the Middle East. The distinctive sound of Hossam's percussion and the exciting rhythms on his albums caught the imagination of Peter Gabriel who invited Hossam to perform his albums 'PASSION' and later 'US' as well as another soon to be released album.
Hossam has gone on to work with many top
musicians including Joan Armatrading and Mari Wilson. In 1984 Robert Plant
and Jimmy Page (formerly of Led Zeppelin) invited Hossam to bring together
a band of Arabian musicians and work on their reunion album 'No Quarter-
Unleaded' which was awarded triple platinum. This led to Hossam
Joining Page and Plant on their historic reunion 1995/96 tour of the world.
Ever since Hossam has been extensively touring with various artist, such
as Pino Daniele of Italy as well as many of the top class Arabian singers
like Cheb Khaled, Rashid Taha, Faudel, and Yesim Salkim, the most popular
female singer from Turkey.