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Art Alert: Almena band at Alexandria's Jesuit Cultural Centre

The no-drums sound of the Alexandrian band has been embraced by audiences in concerts across Egypt and in France, Tunisia, Morocco and the UAE

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Feb 2020
 Almena band
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Alexandrian band Almena will play Alexandria's Jesuit Cultural Centre Thursday, 27 February.
 
Founded in 2015 by vocalist and trumpet player Youssef Nour and beat-boxer John Sadek, Almena also includes Ahmed Abd Elrasol (bass guitar), Mohamed Affara (lead guitar), Adham El-Habashy (oud) and Omar Aly Abdou (keyboards).
 
The no-drums sound of their more than 15 original compositions took them across Egypt and to France, Tunisia, Morocco and the UAE, playing in tens of concerts.
 
Their repertoire centres on social themes and the daily life of street youth, with lyrics written either by vocalist Nour or poets Ahmed Saad and Moemen Ibrahim.
 
Last year, Almena recorded a new single, GTA, at Abbey Road Studios in London under the production of Universal Music Group, as a prize for winning the 2018 Aloft Star contest in the UAE.
 
The band is inspired by Alexandria, their hometown, and their third video was a tribute to the city. Their previous videos were for the Ahly football club, and another called Saheb, which featured Ahmed Bahaa of Sharmoofers band.

Programme:                                                   
Thursday 27 February, 8pm
Jesuit Cultural Center - Alexandria

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