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Samir Moussa of SANDFLY is a musician. Sam is a guitar player of 21 years, a recording singer/songwriter and plays a number of other instruments proficiently, namely piano, drums and bass. He is currently in the studio working on new material. Looking to tour again soon.Read More...
In 2000, Samir Moussa was in Costa Rica working as a translator for the documentary film The Hidden People. While filming, a sandfly embedded a microscopic parasite (leishmaneisis) into his arm. Samir was treated for 3 weeks at the National Institute for Health only to discover that there was an indigenous medicine the can kill the parasite in 3 days. Thus, Sandfly was born.
Drawing on his multi-ethnic background, Sandfly subtly infuses elements of his Lebanese and Colombian roots into his music, successfully filling a void in today’s pop-rock genre. The textures and melodies in Sandfly’s songs are mesmorizing. Every lyric has a message in it. Performing songs in French and Spanish gives Sandfly an international appeal as well. Sandfly is more than an artist, Sandfly is an experience.
SANDFLYs 'For The Sun (AOM)' featured on SANDFLYs debut CD 'SurpRISE' was rated the #1 song the week ending 1/08/06 on an internet radio station featuring independent bands at www.live365.com. SANDFLY is on the Best Sellers list at TowerRecords.com 2005-2006 and has been featured on 2 seperate CD compilations honoring songs for Peace both in 2002.
Sams new CD: SANDFLY 'Ambassadors Of Morning' has already sold hundreds in the international underground community reaching countries as far apart as Brazil, Sweden and Japan. This newest SANDFLY cd is a focused conceptual rock reggae expression of life and its tribulations and Sams own will to make positive change through music. Having just come from his family in Lebanon, Sam is ever more inspired to raise his voice to the world and his musicianship to the world stage.
Samir and his band have played San Francisco's legendary Fillmore with guests such as The Roots, Eryka Badu, Femi Kuti and Karl Denson. Sandfly has contributed to the March. 20 Peace Rally in San Francisco performing their songs of hope in front of 50,000 people. They were acclaimed by The International A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition as having given an "excellent contribution to the historic March 20, 2004 march in San Francisco...a powerful message of global solidarity". SANDFLY has since preformed at several other Peace Rallies, one more in 2004 and the latest on Sept.24, 2005 and has gone off to be interviewed and perform live at radio stations in San Francisco, including the community based KPFA aswell as KPOO . Samir has also had international gigs, from Canada to Lebanon to Colombia to Denmark to Greece. A lifetime of travel through the lands of his culture and beyond has made Samir a citizen of the international community, speaking four languages. His story has sparked interest and an in-depth interview is to be featured on www.globalization101.org in early 2006.