Art Alert: El-Dor El-Awal to perform at Darb 1718
Eslam Omar, , Monday 1 Oct 2018

Egyptian band El-Dor El-Awal will perform a concert on Thursday at Darb 1718, which will feature some of their most-popular songs, including Raqs El-Hawanem, Rehla, and Hawdag.

Founded in 1999, El-Dor El-Awal [The First Floor] is known for its unique sound that combines its musicians' wide background with a traditional oriental melody.

The band is made up of the two popular percussionists Bob and Mizo, whose beats are very rich, especially when combined with the tight electric bass provided by Ahmed Omar, Fady Badr and Qanun on the keyboards, Mohammad Samy on the violin, Nour Ashour and Mizmar on the saxophone, and Hisham Issam on the oud.

The lineup will be without accordionist Wael El-Sayed, who is currently touring in the United Sates with his other band, Dina El-Wedidi.

Due to conflicting engagements of the band members from other side projects inside and outside of Egypt, El-Dor El-Awal doesn't perform regularly, but the group has lately begun to appear in cultural venues after a series of performances in local music bars.

Their first album, Qarar Izala [Decision to Demolish], was released in 2006, while their second, Aa'tareeq [On the Road], came out in 2009.


Thursday 4 October 2018 at 8pm
Darb 1718, Kasr El-Shamaa St., Old Cairo, metro station Mar Girgis.

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