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Art Alert: Egyptian band Wust El-Balad concert at Cairo Opera House

Founded in 1998, Wust El-Balad, one of the pioneers of the independent music scene in Egypt, are returning to performances after months of the Covid-19 shutdown

Ahram Online , Sunday 6 Sep 2020
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Famous Egyptian band Wust El-Balad are performing at the Cairo Opera House on Friday, 25 September, after a long absence due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
The concert marks the first appearance at the newly-founded Fountain Theatre for the pioneers of the independent music current in Egypt, which many name “the underground."
 
"We miss you. Our first concert after this absence must be in Cairo," stated the band through social media, urging fans to attend their first big public event since the country's coronavirus shutdown started in March.
 
Wust El-Balad, who released their latest single 'Or'os Ma'a El-Donia' ("Dance With the World") in April, three month after 'Talamizna' ("Our Students"), will sing a selection of their memorable repertoire, including songs not included on their four albums — 'Wust El-Balad' (2007), 'Rubabekya' (2011), 'Karakib' (2014) and 'Bantalony El-Jeans' (2018).
 
The concert will feature musician and actor Hany Adel, who stars many films and TV series, as the main vocal and rhythm guitarist alongside old guards Ahmed Omran (oud), Ahmed Omar (bass), Asaad Nessim (guitar), Ehab Abdel Hameed (Bob) and Mohammed Gamal Al-Din (Mizo) (percussion) with the latest members Wael El-Said and Mounir Maher. Adham El-Said will miss the concert as he is abroad.
 
Played at the Cairo Jazz Club this week, Wust El-Balad was among the few bands who performed online, streaming no-attendance concerts during the shutdown as part of the WE music festival in the holy month of Ramadan.
 

 

Wust El-Balad played a key role in shaping Egypt’s underground scene with their success in the 2000s, remaining dynamic after changes in their lineup.

 
Cultural events and activities in Egypt resumed in July as part of the country's gradual reopening after the Covid-19 shutdown. All events are being held under strict measures that include social distancing, wearing face masks, and sanitisation.
 
The recently founded open-air Cairo Opera arena, Fountain Theatre, is hosting music activities in September including three concerts by Omar Khairat.
 

Programme:
Friday 25 September
Fountain Theatre, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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