The Project

Almwaya is a project by Maya Aghniadis and Wael Sami Elkholhy, two composers with their own musical languages. Maya Aghniadis is a music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Lebanon who currently resides in Greece. As Flugen, she performed at many venues in Lebanon and Europe and has released several albums, blending downtempo electronic beats and soulful melodies. Wael Sami Elkholy grew up in a musical family, born in Dubai among the sand and the smell of the sea, and raised in Cairo where he established himself as a well-known singer and actor in the Arab cultural scene at a very young age. After moving to Switzerland, Wael Sami Elkholy released two albums with music on the border between the Orient and the Occident.


Maya and Wael met each other for the first time in Switzerland in 2020 and immediately connected on various musical and spiritual levels. When Wael visited Maya in Greece, eight unique songs were created within a week: “Oriental and Western, deserts and mountains, old and new: we were free to capture the point of no time and of no place”.

Almwaya's album in the media

This duo merges the world in one smooth sweep through their unique and diverse artistic direction making a distant world feel less vast.

Tamara Jenna, tjplnews

Mystic, inspired and full of love, Riding a Camel in the Middle of the Sea takes listeners around the world, exploring the collective ringing in the air that seems to get closer to the answers to our existence.

Punk Head

8 pieces that stitch together the Sahara, the Nile, the Lebanese Cedars, and the Swiss Alps in a delicate but exquisitely crafted tapestry of ouds, synths, and soundscapes

Mooataz Gwaily, Sistra

The Album

Riding a Camel in the Middle of the Sea

The 8-track album entitled “Riding a Camel in the Middle of the Sea'' tells a story that travels through the warm and sweet waters of the Nile, feeds off the Cedars’ infinite energy and reflects the glory of the Alps and the truth of the Mediterranean Sea.

Almwaya is a musical project that takes you to a world music universe by walking through a tunnel of electronic beats, synthesizers and experimental sounds. And as singular as Almwaya’s music are the nostalgic lyrics, sung in a fantasy language that only makes sense through the colors of their tones, and vocal frequencies that balance the feminine and the masculine.


Riding a Camel in the Middle of the Sea was released on May 27, 2022 on the Italian music label Garden of J.

Picture by Florian Bolliger

Latest concerts

March 12, 2022

Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland

March 15, 2022

ONO, Bern, Switzerland

March 18, 2022

Haberhaus Bühne, Schaffhausen, Switzerland

March 23, 2022

Atomic Café, Biel, Switzerland

March 25, 2022

Kulturkirche Paulus, Basel, Switzerland

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Listen to Almwaya live on Radio Rabe, Switzerland

Purple CLoud - Live in Athens

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The Band

Picture by Florian Bolliger

Wael Sami Elkholy

Wael Sami Elkholy is a composer, singer, oud player and performer. His work varies from oriental through pop to experimental music. Creating music with free improvisation and exploring sound is his way to communicate and connect; Music has no borders...

Maya Aghniadis

Maya Aghniadis is a music producer and multi–instrumentalist from Lebanon. With her musical project Flugen, she creates her own blend of ethnic beats and soulful melodies, mixing it with the splendor of classical soundtracks and ambient sound effects... 

Florian Bolliger

Florian Bolliger is a musician, bassist and teacher based in Zürich He first picked up a bass at the age of eleven. As an electric and double bass player, he is well-versed in a broad range of styles and is active in a variety of different groups...