Egyptian composer, singer and oud player Shady Moanes has promised his fans "a different sound" from that which they are used to hearing from him during his concert on Saturday with his Hekayat Band at El-Sawy Culture Wheel in Zamalek, expressing excitement about "finally making the sound he always desired for his music."
"This concert is very different, as I have finally become very satisfied with the sound and the stage appearance of my band. I finally made the sound I was always aiming for," Moanes told Ahram Online two days before his concert.
"I am very content about the harmony we developed in the music and the girls' choir, thanks to music producer Rafik Adly, who inspired us a lot," said Moanes, who is currently in the final stages of finalising his new album produced by Adly.
"In this concert, I am introducing the very promising female vocalist Dina Salem, as well as Nouran Adly, Nadin Amer and Omar El-Sakka," Moanes revealed.
A video of "Ya Rab Yally Saibly El-Habl Al-Ghareb" by Shady Moanes and his Heakayat band
In addition to his usual repertoire, the co-founder of Eskendrella band will also introduce a performance that features at least one of his two favourite poets; Micheal Adel and Mostafa Ibrahim.
"We are merging poetry, music and singing. We've already prepared a good show with Adel and we will try to push Ibrahim to take the stage to perform 'Tofranil' with us too," Moanes added.
Shady Moanes and Hekayat Band perform Tofranil featuring poet Mostafa Ibrahim
Since he is suffering from a broken arm, Moanes will be accompanied by oud player Ali Eissa, as well as accordionist Beshoy Shenouda, pianist Ahmed Adel, Ahmed Momtaz on Nai, and Ahmed Ewis on the Contrabass, as well as the two famous percussionists Ayman Sedky and Ayman Mabrouk.
Prominent percussionist Ayman Sedky performs Hawy Toot of El-Sheikh Emam and Ahmed Fouad Negm with Shady Moanes and Hekayat band
The Bait El-Oud graduate, who revealed earlier that he composed two singles for prominent singer Ali El-Haggar, will perform new tracks from an album of his that is in-the-making.
Founded by Moanes in 2009, Hekayat band, who are known for their oriental covers of Sayid Darwish and Sheikh Imam, have given a series of successful performances at various halls in Cairo, including the British Council and the Egyptian Museum.
Saturday 29 September, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo
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