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Art Alert: Taksi Sharqi at Cairo Opera House amid Summer Festival

The 2017-founded band is deep-rooted in Egyptian culture, playing traditional styles like Gnawa and Zar merged with modern tunes and arrangements

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Jun 2019
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Egyptian progressive folk band Taksi Sharqi will perform some of their traditional repertoire at the Cairo Opera House on Sunday, 16 June, amid the Summer Festival programme.

Founded in 2017 by Wust El-Balad member Ahmed Omran, Walid Abdu (percussion) and Amin Shahin (arghol and kawala), the band is deep-rooted in Egyptian culture, playing traditional styles like Gnawa and Zar merged with modern tunes and arrangements.

They usually feature Zar iconic vocalists Madiha Om Sameh and Abdel-Rahman Balala, accordionist Wael El-Sayed, bass guitarist Wetty and saxophonist Amr Wegz.

The Summer Festival will kick-off at the Open Air Theatre at the Opera on Wednesday, 12 June, with an acoustic concert of Massar Egbari featuring guest musicians that will include members of Wust El-Balad.

The festival will last until 20 June with daily concerts for Ali El-Haggar (13 June), Tamer Ashour (14), Taksir Sharqi (16), Hisham Kharma (17), Karmen Soliman (18), Mohamed El-Sharnouby (19) and ending with Nesma Mahgoub on 20 June.

Programme:                                      
Sunday, 9 June at 8pm
Open Air Theatre, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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