I've always got my ears to the streets, mainly because I'm a hardcore music mofo. Most of the time, the best music out there goes largely unheard. Once it has passed through the mainstream industry filter, it's been dumbed down and turned into pop for mass consumption.
Due to this reality, I'm always paying attention to the underground forums and blogs, where I caught wind of this video going around the internets featuring Medhat Mamdouh, a boss in his own right.
He's a boss because he quite frankly doesn't give a crap. He developed a talent that is off the wall and insanely cool. He mixed his beatbox skills with that of the recorder, that little plastic knockoff flute we all messed around with when we were little. It's not that the recorder isn't a legit instrument, it's just that they've been manufactured by the billions and handed out to school kids for the sole purpose of driving everyone insane. Medhat flipped that paradigm on its head.
Check him out, putting other b-boys to shame with his multi-instrumental beatboxing skills:
This Egyptian gentleman has a whole slew of videos on his channel of him slaying all kinds of original songs, including him on stage doing live performances, jams, and even on the show Arabs Got Talent. When you do something original and authentic, people can't help but love it. That should let the big wigs know, we're all sick of the cookie cutter nonsense!
It's so cool to hear a recorder tuned to a different scale than our typical Western options.
I've seen a whole lot of beatboxers in my day. Rahzel was the guy when I was growing up, but since then, with the advent of Youtube there's a bunch of great mouth artists out there. Reggie Watts has quite the following these days too, including doing TED Talks and more. But I've yet to see a single one use any other tool besides their mouth and a loop machine. Medhat is the first to bring another instrument that he also controls with his mouth into the mix.
The recorder is up there on my list of most annoying instruments, I can't even lie. I think the order goes Bagpipes, Accordion, Harmonica, Recorder, and then Ocarina. However, any of them done right, played by a masterful musician, can be awesome. Except the bagpipe. We should gather them all together and enjoy the world's largest bonfire while dancing around and playing real instruments. Then we should engrave a warning on titanium steel and bury it so aliens who discover the remains of our civilization a million years from now don't accidentally recreate the horrid nuisance that is the bagpipe.
Anyways, Medhat Mamdouh managed to make the recorder cool for the first time in history. He halfway validates all the time in kindergarten we spent sitting on padded puzzle piece floor mats driving each other insane from overblowing in our recorders, and then we all zonked out for nap time. For this, we salute you!