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Art Alert: Egyptian singer Dina El-Wedidi to perform at Cairo Opera

El-Wedidi’s style of music is deeply rooted in Egypt, as well as Africa

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Jun 2016
Dina El-Wedidi
Dina El Wedidi (Photo: Mostafa Abdel Aty)
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Egyptian singer Dina El-Wedidi is scheduled to give a concert as part of the Cairo Opera House Ramadan programme on 29 June.

Dina El-Wedidi has in recent years gained not only success and popularity in Egypt but also abroad, playing shows in America, Europe and a number of countries in Africa such as Kenya and Uganda. A yearlong mentorship from 2012 to 2013 with Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil and her own debut album Turning Back established her as a professional musician in her own right.

El-Wedidi’s style of music is deeply rooted in Egypt, as well as Africa – evidenced from her collaboration with the Nile Project which includes musicians from Nile basin countries –though she has a following in Europe and America, touching on many often contrasting cultures.

Her first solo album titled Turning Back included a number of collaborations, and was called Turning Back because "it was my first album and it was for me my first baby that I brought to life. For me to have a baby I had to turn back from how the song was, how I have to get out to the life. So I just turned back,” El-Wedidi told Ahram Online in a 2015 interview. 

“I needed to discover myself. Return back to my room and how I was composing these songs before. It was about the period in Egypt also. How we started the revolution and how we are rich from it… I cannot deny this period,” she added.

Wednesday 29 June, 9.30pm

Cairo Opera House, Open Air Theatre, Zamalek, Cairo.

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