Ahmed Nazmi is a bass player whose sound draws its unique character from his early interest in playing Egyptian traditional music on varied instruments and exploring music from other cultures. At the young age of 6, he began playing the Egyptian Oud (lute), classical guitar, and drums. At age 15 he discovered his passion for playing the bass. This passion drove him from the Egyptian countryside (hometown Mitt Ghamr) to the metropolis of Cairo, where the diverse music scene encouraged his growth as a musician and composer.
Nazmi has toured internationally with his band The Hot Potato Project and Yehya Khalil. He has toured throughout Europe with A Fula’s Call, Marc Bischoff,Omar Ka, 6 Spoons, 1 Kitchen Group, Egyptian Grammy-Award winning artist Fathy Salama, renowned Egyptian singer Mohamed Mounir and the legendary Lebanese composer, musician, and playwright Ziad Rahbani. More recently, he has been touring throughout the Middle East with his project,Ahmed Nazmi Quartet.
Nazmi’s first solo bass album “ETHBAT HALA” was recorded in July 2012. It is te first solo album produced by a bassist in Egypt and features some of the finest musicians in Egypt as well as internationally, such as the Syrian saxophone player Basel Rajoub, and the Dutch/Iranian percussionist Babak Madda.
He continues to develop his professional signature by revisiting his rich heritage with a fresh perspective. He delicately blends the traditions of jazz and African music with Egyptian music into a distinctive, original approach to bass playing.