The six-member strong Radio Yemen band will give two concerts this month: on 10 October at Room in Garden City, and on 20 October at El Sawy Culturewheel. The El Sawy show will include the first performance of the band's new composition.
Formed in April this year, the band has already performed at numerous venues across Cairo. The group offers traditional Yemeni musical heritage embellished with Egyptian accents, as well as performing in traditional Yemeni dress, and have gained a large followership in the Yemeni diaspora as well as from locals.
The band has been making some changes and the new line-up will include six musicians: Muhammad Al Hejry (oud played and composer, Yemen), Zeinab Aboutaleb (vocals, Egypt), Abdulhalim Moheb (bongos, Yemen), Marshall Bodiker (tabla, USA), Ramzi (riq, Yemen) and Abu Essam Moheb (Yemen), and possibly other artists.
During their concert at El Sawy Culturewheel the band will perform their regular repertoire as well as an original song composed by Al Hejry. Titled Ma Afaal Ana Bel Omr wa Alafya (“What Will I Do With Life and Wellness”), the song is based on lyrics by Abdallah Abdelwahab El Noman (born 1917, died 1982), a renowned Yemeni poet and politician.
Thursday 10 October, 9pm
ROOM Art Space & Cafe, 10 Etehaad Al Mohamin St., Garden City, Cairo
Sunday 20 October, 8pm
El Sawy Culturewheel, Zamalek, Cairo
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