Kalam Aflam introduces vibrant Arab art to Parisian audience

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 May 2023

Kalam Aflam, a Paris-based association that promotes emerging Arab artists, hosted the Coming of Age multidisciplinary event on 4 May.



The event featured a diverse lineup of interactive art installations, short films, musical performances and DJ entertainment, all showcasing the talents of emerging Arab artists.

One of the highlights of the event was an interactive installation by Douda Creations, a five-part series dedicated to women from the MENA region, along with three short films, including Dunya's Day by Raed El Semari (Saudi Arabia), Youth by Farida Zahran (Egypt), and Simo by Aziz Zoromba (Egypt-Canada).

The musical performances were also a hit, featuring artists Sara El-Sadda and Shobra El-General and DJs Hamza and Saphe Shamoun.

El-Sadda, a Paris-based Egyptian singer and musician, showcased her enchanting French pop originals with the band Sossaliza at the event, accompanied by accordionist Victor Froget and Egyptian percussionist Wadie Naim.

Shobra El-General, an Egyptian mahraganat musician, also took the stage, showcasing his unique blend of electronic, oriental, trap, dubstep and reggae vibes.

DJ Hamza, a veteran performer at European clubs and festivals, shared his passion for mahraganat and Egyptian music with the crowd.

Meanwhile, Saphe Shamoun, co-founder of Laylit, wowed the audience with his innovative approach to Arabic dance music, fusing percussive bass music, breakbeats, jungle & D&B, breaky techno, and his signature Arabic electronic beats.

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