Art Alert: Fathy Salama and Ghalia Benali to perform duo at Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Ahram Online, Monday 14 Jul 2014

Following a concert at the Cairo Opera House on Monday 14 July, world renowned Egyptian musician Fathy Salama and Belgium-based Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali will perform at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on Saturday 26 July

Ghalia Ben Ali performs in Cairo
Ghalia Ben Ali performs in Cairo's El-Geneina Theatre during the 2013 Hayy Festival. (Photo: Bassam Al-Zoghby)

Performing together for two nights in a dynamic duo, Fathy Salama and Ghalia Benali will be hosted by the Cairo Opera's Open Air Theatre on 14 July – as part of the Opera's Ramadan Evenings – and by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Great Hall on 26 July.

Salama's inclination for collaboration with Egyptian and regional artists has previously seen him play with Benali. He told Ahram Online in an interview this month that the two are engaged in a cooperative process that may lead to the co-production of an album.

Ghalia Benali will also perform as part of the fourth edition of the Mawaweel Festival hosted by Darb 1718 and co-organised by the Cairo Jazz Club Agency. Her concert at Darb 1718 is scheduled for Thursday 17 July.

Benali, who was born in Belgium but grew up in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, is known for amalgamating musical influences and traditions from East and West – such as her fusion of elements of Arabic classical style with jazz and Indian music.

Sharkeyat Fathy Salama, featuring Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali
Monday, 14 July, 9.30pm
Open Air Theatre, Cairo Opera House

Sharkeyat Fathy Salama, featuring Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali
Saturday, 26 July, 9pm
Great Hall, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Ghalia Benali at Mawaweel
Thursday, 17 July, 9pm
Darb 1718, Qasr Al-Shamee Street, Al-Fakhareen, Old Cairo (Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)

For information about more musical events during Ramadan, please check out our full agenda of the month's cultural events.

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