FOTY FUSION BAND
Foty Fusion is a family band that consists of a Palestinian father and his five American-born children. Their music combines traditional Arab rhythms and scales with the dual influences of classical music training and an urban upbringing in Washington, DC. Growing up as Palestinian-Egyptians in DC, the children of the family took pride in their ethnic identity and incorporated it with the various cultural communities to which they were exposed in the city, as seen through the combination of political rap, gospel, jazz and other diverse sounds that were fused together. Rather than choosing between being American or being Arab, Foty Fusion’s music represents the family’s deliberate refusal to select one identity or another, seeking to increase awareness of social injustice via their lyrics as well as the blending of diverse rhythms and sounds. Once referred to as the “Palestinian Jackson 5”, Foty Fusion has performed in venues across the country including, the Verizon Center, Arabfest, Wake Forest University, Adams Morgan Porchfest, Busboys and Poets, American University, Sankofa, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC, the Jerusalem Fund Palestine Center, Expo lounge, and many others.
Foty Fusion began when Fuad Foty shared his love of Arabic music with his children as a way of instilling an appreciation for their heritage. Each child took classical music lessons in a different instrument from a very young age, and after having performed several times as a group, Foty Fusion released their first CD entitled “Ahlam Al Ayla,” a compilation of popular Arab resistance songs. The children ranged from ages 8-13 at the time. A year later the kids, now entering middle school, started taking ownership over the group and began to create their own unique fusion of music. In 2004, inspired by the recent occupation of Iraq by the United States, Foty Fusion debuted their first self-composed CD entitled the Key of Life. As members of the group completed their college and graduate school education they would frequently reunite to perform and compose resulting in many additional compositions. In 2013 after composing, recording, filming and editing in Montreal, Canada, Foty Fusion released their first music video single “Sejil ana Araby” (Write It Down, I’m an Arab).
Foty Fusion Live