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Art Alert: Cairo Steps to open Citadel Festival for Music and Singing

Forty-five concerts will be performed at the 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing between 18 August and 1 September

Ahram Online , Tuesday 6 Aug 2019
Basem Darwisch
Basem Darwisch (Photo: René van der Voorden)
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Egyptian-German ensemble Cairo Steps, founded by composer and oud player Basem Darwisch, will perform on Sunday 18 August at the Salah ad-Din Citadel on the opening night of the 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing.

Winners of the German Jazz Award 2018, alongside German band Quadro Nuevo, for the album Flying Carpet, the group has played concerts in prestigious venues in Germany, Egypt, and recently Kuwait and the UAE.

Cairo Steps, who frequently feature flutist Ines Abdel-Dayem, who is currently Egypt's culture minister, merges traditional oriental grooves and spiritual chants with modern jazz and classics.

They state that their vision is "crossing cultural, political and religious borders and building bridges between the Occident and the Orient."

Forty-five concerts will be performed at the 28th Citadel Festival for Music and Singing between 18 August and 1 September, hosting three concerts every day.

Cairo Steps, Massar Egbari, Nesma Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Mohsen, Ali El-Haggar, Hani Shaker, Medhat Saleh, Ghalia Ben Ali, Dina El-Wedidi and Omar Khairat are among the highlights of singers and bands performing at the festival, in addition to performances from Algeria, China, Namibia and Venezuela.

Programme:                               
Sunday 18 August at 8pm
Salah ad-Din Citadel, Cairo

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