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Art Alert: Egypt's Oriental jazz musician Yehya Khalil in concert at Cairo Opera House

Khalil received the Cairo Opera House Lifetime Achievement Award for his 'outstanding contribution to enriching musical life in Egypt' a few months ago

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Feb 2019
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Yehia Khalil during a concert at the Cairo Opera House, December 2018 (Photo: Eslam Omar)
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Egyptian jazz musician Yehya Khalil will perform live at the Cairo Opera House this Friday 15 February.

One of the pioneers of the jazz movement in Egypt, Khalil has been keen to perform at least once a month since he received the Opera House-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award for his "outstanding contribution to enriching musical life in Egypt," with the award handed to him by Minister of Culture Ines Abdel-Dayem.

The King of Jazz, as his many fans describe him, lived in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, after joining the American Music Conservatory for two years. He has played with many of well-known international musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Jeff Bush and Eric Clapton, before returning to Egypt.

Programme:                             
Friday 15 February, 8PM
Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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