Mazaher ensemble gives a concert of Zar music at Cairo’s French Cultural Institute

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 4 Apr 2023

Mazaher ensemble
Mazaher ensemble



Amir Bashtak Palace
Al-Muaaz St, Tel 02 2787 9187
Fri 7, 9pm: Singing recital by Radwa Said.
Sun 9, 9.30pm: The Arab Youth Singing band, led by Medhat Abdel-Samiaa.

Amir Taz Palace
27 Al-Syoufiya St, off Al-Salebiya St, Al-Khalifa district, Tel 02 2514 2581
Thurs 6, 9pm: Hawas band.
Fri 7, 9pm: A concert features oud duet Dina and Ghassan.
Sat 8, 9pm: Rouh Al-Sharq (spirit of the orient) Choir.
Tues 11, 9pm: The Arab Oud House Orchestra.

Arab Oud House (Beit Al-Harrawi)
Mohamed Abdu St, behind Al-Azhar Mosque, Tel 02 2510 4174
Sat 8, 9pm: Mario Said and his band.

Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Thurs 6, 9.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe, conducted by maestro Omar Farhat, performs religious songs.
Sun 9, 9.30pm: The Arab Music National Ensemble performs Abdel-Wahab songs.  
Thurs 13, 9.30pm: Umm Kolthoum songs performed by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble.

Beit Al-Seheimi 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: “Alaragouz 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, 9pm: A concert by Sheikh Mahmoud El-Hedewy.
Tues 11 and Wed 12, 9pm: Al-Sira Al-Helaleya by artist Ezzat El-Qourashi.  


Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Main Hall
Thurs 6, 9.30pm: Ali El-Haggar and his band.
Sat 8, 9.30pm: A Ramadan concert features Abeer Neaama, accompanied by Cine Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ahmed Ewada.
Wed 12, 9pm: Super star singer Medhat Saleh and his band.
Open-Air Theatre
Fri 7, 9.30pm: Massar Egbari band.
Sun 9, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting.
Mon 10, 9.30pm: Mawawil troupe.
Thurs 13, 9.30pm: Religious chanting by Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy.  
Small Hall
Fri 7, 9pm: A Ramadan evening from Pakistan.   
Sat 8, 9pm: A Ramadan evening from Palestine.
Sun 9, 9pm: A Ramadan evening features a Sudanese dance troupe.
Mon 10, 9pm: A Ramadan evening from Indonesia.
Tues 11, 9pm: A Ramadan evening from Bangladesh.

The Cultural Park
Al Sayeda Zeinab Square, Cairo
Thurs 6, 9pm: Matrouh troupe for folk arts.
Fri 7, 9pm: Al-Ghouri troupe for Arab music.

French Cultural Institute
Madrasset Al-Huquq Al Frinseya St, Mounira, Tel 02 2791 5800
Thurs 6, 9pm Aly Eissa Trio in a concert showcasing Eissa’s diverse musical influences, the compositions are deeply rooted in Egyptian classical and folk traditions, and influenced by various genres, creating versatile and twisted meditative atmospheres.
Tues 11, 9pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble based on Sufi scripts related to Zar Abul-Gheit, named after Sheikh Hassan Abul- Gheit.
Thurs 13, 9pm: Singer, accordionist, composer, songwriter, and sound designer Youssra El-Hawary is known for her unique style that mixes alternative folk, French chanson, indie rock and jazz.

Al-Gumhouriya Theatre
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Fri 7 and Sat 8, 9.30pm: Black operetta.  

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, 7.30pm).

Al-Ghouri Dome
111 Al-Azhar St, Al-Ghouriya, Tel 02 2506 0227
Thurs 6 and Fri 7, 9pm: A concert of spiritual music and singing, designed by artist Entisar Abdel-Fattah.  
Sat 8 and Wed 12, 9pm: Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music.
Sun 9, 9pm: Harpist Manal Mohieddin and her band.
Tues 11, 9pm: Tablet El-Sett band.

Al-Hanager Arts Centre
Cairo Opera Complex, Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Zamalek, Tel
Tel 02 2735 6861
The outdoor space
Thurs 6 - Thurs 13, 9pm: “The 7th Hal Helalak Ramadan” (welcome Ramadan) programme offers folk dance performances by Reda troupe, a selected items of the National Circus shows, Salah Jahin's famous operetta Al-Leila Al-Kebira, as well as artistic workshops for children.  
Tues 11, 9pm: Angham Alshabab (youth melodies) band.
Wed 12, 9pm: Singing recital by Amira Reda.  
Thurs 13, 9pm: Singer Hanan El-Khouly performs classical Arab songs.

1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 9pm: 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, 9pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.


MUST Opera House
Misr University for Science and Technology, Al-Motamayez District, next to Dar Al Fouad Hospital, 6 October City, Giza, Tel 01094444273/4/5
Sat 8, 9.30pm: The Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, led by Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony, in a concert of Sufi dancing and chanting.  

Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Fri 7, 9.30pm: Molotof x El Moled performs types of music that Egypt is famous for, which is “Al-Hadara” and “Zikr in the Mawlid”.
Sat 8, 9pm: The Comedy Bunch is bringing back a stand-up comedy night for its Ramadan edition with comedians: Ebbo, Mohamed Halawa, Ahmed El-Hareedy, and Ahmed Hassan.
Wed 12, 9.30pm: Mousv will be performing live, along with Gelba, and Mohaimen, for the first time.

El Sawy Culturewheel
End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
Wisdom Hall
Thurs 6, 9pm: El Sawy Culturewheel Puppet Theatre show revives the concerts of Umm Kolthoum performing two of her much-loved songs.
Fri 7, 9.30pm: A stand-up comedy show by Comedy Miv Vol.5.  
Sat 8, 9pm: Wust El-Balad band in a Ramadan concert features a galaxy of Sufi and religious chanter.  
Sun 9, 9pm: Teryola band.
Tues 11, 9pm: Mosaad Ozil and the band.  
Thurs 13, 9pm: A Ramadan concert by Squadra band.  

Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077 Ewart Memorial Hall
Mon 10, 8.30pm (Free and open to the public): Ramadan Nights’ screening and songs presents “Musalsalat: Now and Then”, an entertaining look at how Ramadan musalsalat series has evolved over the years. A live performance of the most popular musalsalat songs.

Talaat Harb Cultural Centre Al-Sayyeda Nafissa St, Zeinhom area, Tel 02 2362 2647/ 2362 8174
Thurs 6, 9pm: Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music.
Sat 8, 9pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments
Sun 9, 9pm: Talaat Harb Cultural Centre Choir.

Teatro Arkan
Arkan Plaza, El Sheikh Zayed, 6 October City, Giza
Thurs 6, 9.30pm: Masar Egbari band will perform songs you never heard them perform before. They will host and celebrate new talents and musicians on stage; and will play their beautiful arrangement of Enshad (religious chanting) and Sufi music.



Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 6, 9.30pm: A concert of classical Arab songs by Ala Mar Alagial (over the generations) troupe.
Fri 7, 9.30pm: Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting.
Sun 9, 9.30pm: A concert features super star Ali El-Haggar and his band.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Conference Centre Main Hall
Fri 7, 9pm: Harp recital by Manal Mohie-Eldin, accompanied by the BA Orchestra and the Oriental Strokes Ensemble.

French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952
Thurs 6, 9pm: Ramadan Nights present a concert by Sufi singer Sheikh Zein Mahmoud ensemble. This group of talented Egyptian folk singers and musicians: Gamal Abdel-Raziq, Anas El-Hosseiny, Omaima Ehab, Ghada Saleh, help preserve and promote Egypt’s rich culture through their music and performances.


* A version of this article appears in print in the 6 April, 2023 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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