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Art Alert: 'Massar Egbari' to play Alex, Cairo to promote debut album

In anticipation of their very first album, Alexandrian band Massar Egbari will play two concerts this week at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Cairo's El Sawy Culturewheel

Ahram Online, Sunday 3 Feb 2013
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Massar Egbari perform in Biblotheca Alexandrina last December (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
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Popular Alexandrian band Massar Egbari will give two concerts this week, one at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and another at Cairo's El Sawy Culturewheel, to promote their upcoming debut album.

The band, which has played together for years in Alexandria and Cairo, boasts a unique sound, fusing rock and funk with oriental beats and melodies. Their lyrics tackle social issues, while their concerts – especially in Alexandria – often prompt audiences to chant anti-establishment slogans.

Massar Egbari was the main band featured in Ahmed Abdallah's 2010 film 'Microphone,' which portrayed Alexandria's independent music scene.

In spite of their on-stage successes, the band never produced an album or music video. This, however, is about to change. In cooperation with Film Clinic, the production company behind 'Microphone,' the band will soon release its debut album – 'Ekra El-Khabar' – along with its first music video.

The band encourages attendees of the upcoming Bibliotheca Alexandrina concert to hold onto their ticket stubs, with which they can qualify for discounts on the upcoming album.

Programme:

Thursday, 7 February at 8pm
Great Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Saturday, 9 February at 8pm
El Sawy Culturewheel, 26 July Street, Zamalek

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