January 5th, 2014...
I received a call from my brother telling me that I have to try to return to Cairo as soon as possible since my father isn't doing very well. At this point my father had been in a coma since October and knowing my brother, it was probably serious.
The first track, "Farewell" (initially titled "Be Well") was written and recorded in the aftermath of that phone call
January 6th, 2014, 7am
I received another call from my brother, my dad had passed away...
I had gone through some depressing events in my life before that, but nothing compared to this. Thankfully, I had my wife (then girlfriend), my family and friends without whom the weight of that incident would've been damn near unbearable and I will be forever grateful for each and every one of them. This is were "Gratitude" comes in, which was recorded the first day I returned to my place in London and given that my dad was a bassist, there had to be plenty of it in that song.
The reason I waited a year to release this is simple; I had to make sure that it remained relevant for me a year later, and it is...so there you go
Rest in Peace, Papa
28.05.1956 - 06.01.2014
released 08 January 2015
Written, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Mohammed Ashraf
Additional percussion and synths on Gratitude by Ali Soliman
Artwork by Margherita Gambi & Mohammed Ashraf