Amid the Egyptian WE Online Music Festival; three well-known Islamic Sufi chanting troops – Ehab Younis, Al-Hadra and Al-Mawlawiyah, established by singer Amer Eltony – will perform successively in the evening of Tuesday 19 May in a livestreamed concert that celebrates Laylat Al-Qadr.
Despite slight differences in the instrumentation, arrangements and musical approaches, the three performing groups are united in the mission of reviving Islamic heritage of Ibtihal and Mwashah arts and presenting them to universal audiences through modern sound. Each of the chanters perform frequently in Egypt and internationally, often collaborating with other known singers and musicians.
"Better than a thousand months," as a verse (97:3) of Quran states, Laylat Al-Qadr (Night of Decree) is one of the most important nights in the Muslim calendar; it is the night when, according to the Muslim faith, the Holy Book was first sent down from heaven to the world.
Laylat Al-Qadr falls on one of the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan. Some determine it more specifically in odd-numbered nights, with many scholars suggesting it's the night before 27th of Ramadan, which this year is Tuesday 19 May.
From Chanters Syndicate's head Sheikh Mahmoud Eltohamy to other famous singers like Mohamed Sarwat, Ahmed Saad, Wael El-Fashny and many others, the Islamic chanting performances have seen a significant presence amid the season of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The concerts are held online, a fact which results from the coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions set in place wherein all public cultural and entertainment venues are shut down amid other strict precautionary measures the country is following.
The WE Online Music Festival launched two weeks ago to ease the crowd's lockdown time. It has already featured many well-known bands and singers starting from Wust El-Balad in the opening of the festival on 3 May, followed by Egyptian Project and Dina El Wedidi on 8 May, and Aida El Ayoubi and HOH band last Friday.
In cooperation with CNL Music, the concerts are live-streamed on WE Telecom’s YouTube channel, with their programme continuing until 3 July.Check the full schedule here
Tuesday 19 May, 10pm
Check below video for the concert streaming
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