about otaak band
folkloric music of egypt
Otaak Band is an ensemble dedicated to preserving folkloric music and traditions and keeping them relevant in the 21st century with lyres, drums and voices.
Otaak Band was founded in 2009 in Egypt by American musician, linguist and educator Miguel Merino. He is the pioneer in the use of the lyre as the versatile lead instrument in a contemporary group. Wearing the various musical hats of drummer, producer and composer, Miguel created Otaak Band to feature the lyre, and for 10+ years has taken this ancient instrument far outside the folkloric tradition and used it to create new and unique sounds over 3 albums and many concerts in Egypt, Sudan, Spain and the United States.
Along with lyre player Walid Abdou, Otaak Band is dedicated to studying, playing, researching, recording and documenting the lyre. We plan to visit every country where lyres are played: all of East Africa and around the Red Sea, to record and learn from the masters, and continue to compose our own lyre music. We are excited to begin this journey and want you to come with us.