Egyptian band Nour Project participates in French music festival

Ahram Online , Tuesday 7 Jun 2022

Egyptian band Nour Project performed a concert during the FIMU festival held in French city of Belfort.

Nour Project
Nour Project (Photo: Karim Guettaf)


The 35th edition of the International Festival of University Music (FIMU) was held between 3 and 5 June 2022, hosting over 200 musicians from all across the world across 16 stages.

Nour Project took the festival stage twice: the Kiosque a'Musique stage on 3 June and the Arsenal stage on 4 June, performing for a French audience of thousands.

In France, Nour Project was represented by the band's founder, saxophonist and vocalist Nour Ashour, alongside drummer Marwan Wahid and Hamdon on percussions.

The band performed a number of their most well-known tracks, including Sinai, Hazeen (Sad), Routine, Helwa Halawa (Very Pretty), Moftah Al-Farag (Key of Light), among many other.

(Photo: Karim Guettaf)

Shortly after their concert, the band thanked the festival on Nour Project's page, saying: "Thank you FIMU for the great energy. This was insane," adding a video showing the lively interaction between the musicians and the large crowd.

Nour Project's participation in FIMU is a continuation of a series of concerts staged by the band internationally, namely the Stuttgart Summer Festival in Germany and the Carthage Music Days in Tunisia.

Ashour began his journey with the saxophone in the early 2000s, at first joining numerous independent bands. He is one of the staple collaborators with Egyptian superstar Mohamed Mounir, also known as The King, performing with him in countless concerts.

He was also involved with the band Crash Boom Bang, performing well-known covers.

The saxophonist founded Nour Project in 2013, playing fusions of world music and oriental tunes composed by Ashour. The band released their first album titled The First Album in 2019.

The annual FIMU festival offers music to audiences free of charge. Each year, the festival attracts over 100,000 music fans, with a record 135,000 reached in its 2018 edition.

In its first editions, the festival focused on music presented by the university bands, but it soon opened its doors to many French and international musicians in independent formations. The festival presents music of all genres, allowing the audiences to discover new music trends represented by French and international musicians.

(Photos: Karim Guettaf )

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