Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Fri 29, 9.30pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Mongue Ally, Behind Al Saneya Secondary School, Al Sayeda Zeinab Square, Cairo, Tel 02 2390 9471
Thurs 21, 9pm: The Spiritual Nights of the Shrines begin, designed by artist Entisar Abdel-Fattah. It features Samaa International Ensemble for Chanting and Spiritual Music, Bannat Al-Hoor Ensemble, the Girls of Samaa group, budding chanters of the Samaa school for chanting, the Syrian Tawashih Ensemble, chanter Adnan Al-Sassah, in addition to the Nubian Drums and Folk Instruments Ensemble, Sesameya troupe from Suez, the Sharara Sextet features artist Hassan Sharara, Palestine troupe, Tablet El Set group, Port Said’s Little Fingers orchestra, and the Indonesia band. Flutist Rania Yahia, along with authentic Arab singing by Dalia Abdel-Wahab and her band, and harpist Manal Mohie El-Din and her band.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865 Every
Sunday, 9pm: 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, 9pm: “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.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Fri 6, 8pm: The Talents Development Centre concert.
Fri 6, 8pm: Awtar Quartet concert.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Thurs 28, 9.30pm: Religious chanting by Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe.
Al-Ghouri Caravansary 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 and Wed, 7pm).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 9-10pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
203 Teraat Al Gabal, Al Zaytoun Al Qebleyah, Hada'iq Al Qubbah, Cairo Governorate
Thurs 28 and Fri 29, 5.30pm: After the end of the monarchy, and until the present time, Al-Qubbah Palace has not witnessed a major event like “The Palace tent in Ramadan 2022”. The Palace tent in Ramadan 2022 is a tent like no other! The tent is held in one of the famous royal palaces, which was built during the reign of Khedive Ismail, with unique royal architectural. You can have your iftar or sohour in a wonderful atmosphere that includes music and art.
The Pyramids of Giza
Tues 3 May, 8pm: Grammy Award-winning powerhouse Maroon 5 performing live for the first time in Egypt.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Thurs 28, 9pm: Khaltabeta band is a collaboration between music producer Peter Malak and vocalist Sarah Sherif. The team works on presenting a mixture of different musical styles between eastern and western, hence the name Khaltabeta. The band shares positivity through original and cover songs.
Fri 29, 9pm: Paranoid Eyes is an Egyptian progressive rock band with a great passion forcovering the tunes of Pink Floyd and the solo projects released by the legendary David Gilmour and Roger Waters. Band members: Wissam Sultan (lead guitar/ vocals), Ramy Nabil (rhythm guitar), Bassel El-Zeind (drums), Youssef Hassan (bass guitar), Abdalla Nasser (keyboards and samples). Sat 30, 9pm: A concert features independent singer and guitarist Samar Tarik.
Thurs 5, 8pm: Join the monthly Open Mic Night! If you play music, write poetry, or a stand-up comedian sign up when you arrive for seven minutes on Room stage. If you want to register as a performer, don’t forget to come early at 7.30pm and fill the application form.
The Spot mall,
In front of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sun 1 May, 8pm: Join the monthly Open Mic Night! If you play music, write poetry, or a stand-up comedian sign up when you arrive for seven minutes on Room stage. If you want to register as a performer, don’t forget to come early at 7:30pm and fill the application form.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Tues 3 May, 8pm: Al-Eid concert features shaabi singer Abdel-Basset Hammouda.
Wed 4, 7.30pm: Tablet El Set group. Made up of female percussionists and singers, they use percussion instruments such as tambourine and darbouka to accompany their Egyptian melodies.
Thurs 5, 7-9pm: Al-Eid concert features singer Mohamed Saeed.
Wed 4, 8pm: El Kayan band, led by Azmy.
Thurs 5, 6 and 8pm: El-Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives Umm Kolthoum songs performing two of her much-loved songs Lailat Hob (a night of love) and Hazehy Lailaty (this is my night).
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Thurs 28, 9 -11pm: The renowned Al-Tanboura folklore troupe from Port Said will be performing in tandem with the AUC Folklore troupe on a Ramadan evening to be remembered. Heritage and fusion will reign as the Semsemeya joins the dancers in an unparalleled mood
(Free admission; open to the public, register to guarantee a seat).
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 5, 8pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 28 April, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.