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He is known for his own style including jazz harmonies, Arabo Nubian melodies and traditional rhythms with subtle improvisation. He is one of the most recommended Egyptian music experts in Europe with his long experience as an oud soloist and as a music producer & consultant. Basem worked for televisions, movies and dramas as Consultant and established together with the famous German pianist Matthias Frey the well-known band Cairo Steps.
Basem was before a member of the Egyptian folklore musicians D'u Nil, Rayes Mitqāl El-Qinawī and the nubian band Salamat until 1990 and with Mohamed Mounir until 2003, the Egyptian band Rahalah and Sharqiat with the Grammy winner Fathy Salama. In addition, he has worked together with the well known Producers Hassan El Shafei, Amir Mahrous and the Star Maker Nasr Mahrous.
He worked with famous world and JAZZ musicians worldwide, performed Concerts together with David Orlowsky Trio , Guenther Baby Sommer , Sigune von Osten and with Quadro Nuevo performing at Alte Oper Frankfurt , Cairo Opera House . He was chosen by the austrian conductor Robert Huber to co-operate with the German WDR Choir to perform with the WDR Radio Choir Cologne. Basem is the founder of the well known egyptian german band Cairo Steps.