right, Sulyman (Sol) left, Armando (Uncle) Mafufo

SIROCCO is the duo Sulyman el Coyote, and Armando Mafufo,. SIROCCO enjoyed playing Middle Eastern music for belly-dancers across the United States and internationally since 1971. Improvisation within the genre using traditional instruments is their specialty. SIROCCO has loyal fans who enjoy their ability to create an electrifying atmosphere that ignites belly-dancers and audiences alike.
SIROCCO was the in-house band from 1992-2004 and Armando the resident doumbek teacher for
Delilah’s Bellydance Retreats in Hawaii.

Sulyman el Coyote Sulyman was one of the founding members of the ’60s band “Kaleidoscope”. He plays masterful oud, zurna, diabolical violin, gypsy cumbus, is ethereal on the ney and is a powerful vocalist. What can we say about his expertise on saz, kanoon, mizmar, arghool, clarinet, and Flamenco guitar. Sulyman also handcrafts and sells the very best tuned zills and creates very unique silver jewelry.

Armando Mafufo, (Uncle Mafufo) 1939 – 2012
Armando was a melodic doumbek player and a master of shading and textures on the drum. He enjoyed playing the traditional Middle Eastern instruments nakara, tabl beledi, and an assortment of Middle Eastern frame drums. Armando plays
tabl beledi (the big drum) for a powerful tribal style performance with Sulyman on the mizmar. Uncle Mafufo produced five CDs of his solo compositions in addition to his very popular series of Rhythms/Techniques for Doumbek on CD “25 Essential Rhythms”, “”Riqs & Defs” DVD and zills on DVDs and CDs.