Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 6, 8pm: Basmat Alandalus band.
Sun 9, 8pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7.30pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 7.30pm: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.
Thurs 6, 7.30pm: Sayed Darwish Music Heritage troupe, conducted by maestro Mohamed Hassan Sayed Darwish in a repertoire of songs by late composer and singer Sayed Darwish.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Thurs 6 and Fri 7, 8pm: The Cairo Opera Orchestra, conducted by David Crescenzi and the Cairo Opera Company perform Puccini’s Tosca opera, Set Design by Mohamed Abdel-Razek, Lighting Design by Yasser Shaalan, Choir Masters by Pascale Rozier, Dalia Hassanein, Vocal Coaching by Davide Dellisanti, Greig Martin and directed by Hisham El-Tally.
Sat 8, 8pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Wed 12, 8pm: A Valentine’s Day concert features superstar singer Angham.
Thurs 13, 8pm: A Valentine’s Day concert.
Thurs 6, 8pm: Egyptian songs by guitarist Rania Shaalan.
Fri 7, 8pm: Harp recital by Mona Wassef.
Sun 9, 8pm: Chamber music by Mahmoud Osman.
Tues 11, 8pm: Harp recital by Manal Mohieddin.
Thurs 13, 8pm: Guitar recital by Emad Hamdy.
Cairo Jazz Club
197, 26th July St, Agouza, Tel 02 3345 9939
Sat 8, 9.3pm: Nour Project’s sound is a unique style of world music driven by Nour Ashour’s virtuosity on the saxophone and the diverse musical backgrounds of the band members. You can hear various influences in their music like Oriental music, blues, rock and jazz.
Sun 8, 9.30pm: The Gypsy Jazz Project.
Wed 12, 9.30pm: DJ duo A. Salah and A-Squared.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 6, 8pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sat 8, 8pm: A concert honours the memory of late composer Mohamed Almogui.
Wed 12 & Thurs 13, 8pm: Forsan Al-Sharq for Heritage Company presents Shagaret Aldur performance.
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat, Mon, and Wed, 7.30pm).
Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 02 2792 0878
Every Monday, 9pm: (fixed event) Zikr and Sufi night.
Every Tuesday, 9pm (doors open at 8.30pm and reservations is canceled at 7.30pm): Mawawil and Gamalat Shiha present traditional music of the Nile Delta; Nubian Fadeka music and songs with Aragid, featuring Saleh Abbass and Farah Al-Masri; traditional Sudanese music and songs performed by Queen of Henna Settouna; Al-Jaafra music played by musicians from Aswan; Nass Makan (People from Makan) and Sanet perform traditional music from Eritrea.
Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher, featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sab.
El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music
30 A El-Balaqsa St, Abdeen, Downtown, Tel 011 50995354
Al Dammah Theatre for Free Arts
Thurs 6, 7pm & 9pm: El Tanbura troupe will present two different concerts without repeating any track.
Every Saturday, 8pm: (fixed event) Asyad Al-Zar (The Zar Masters) band. The Zar Masters band is comprised of some of the few remaining Egyptian and Sudanese Zar performers playing Tanbura, Toza
(small 2 sides percussion) Mangour, (a wide belt of goat hooves worn around the hips), Marakesh (hand-held rattles) and the tambourine.
Room Art Space
The new branch of Room Art Space hosts live music shows on a daily basis. Room’s new branch is located in The Spot mall in front of AUC gate on 4,370 square metres with indoor and outdoor areas where live music events and concerts are featured on a daily bases, hosting up to 400 guests per event, and its open from 9am till after midnight.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Fri 7, 7pm: Singing recital by rising singer Yasmine Ali.
Sat 8, 4pm and 7pm: Singer Amr Hassan.
Sun 9, 7pm: Clacket band.
Wed 12, 7pm: Religious chanting by Waslet Samaa band.
Thurs 13, 7.30pm: Romance band features operatic singers.
Thurs 6, 7.30pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of legendary singer Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs.
Fri 7, 3pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre presents an acrobatic show and a children play, written and directed by Mohamed Abdel-Moneim El-Sawy.
Fri 7, 7.30pm: Religious chanting by Abo Shaar Brothers troupe from Syria.
Sat 8, 8pm: Singing recital by Amira Farrag.
Sun 9, 7.30pm: Classical Arab singing concert features Saad on oud.
Tues 11, 7.30pm: Guitar recital by Anwar Jaber.
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 6, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Sat 8, 8pm: Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.
Thurs 13, 8pm: A concert of classical Arab songs, conducted by maestro Selim Sahab.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 6 February, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.