Massar Egbari postpones Alexandria album launch

Ahram Online , Thursday 19 Feb 2015

The launch concert for Toqa' w Toqoum is re-scheduled for 22 February, still at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Massar Egbari

Alexandria-based indie band Massar Egbari have postponed the launch concert for their latest album Toqa' w Toqoum at the Bibliotheca Alexandria to 22 February. The band had previously announced that the concert would take place on 20 February. 

Following the Islamic State-claimed killing of 20 Egyptian Copts in Libya earlier this week, Massar Egabri announced that they would join national mourning for the victims until Saturday 21 February. 

The band has announced that anyone who has already bought a ticket for the 20 February concert will be able to receive a refund if the new date is unsuitable.

After the first concert, Massar Egbari will continue to promote their new album across Egypt, in Cairo, Minya, Mansoura and Tanta.

Toqa' w Toqoum, literally “You fall and rise”, the band's second studio album, was officially released on 13 February. The following day, they released a video of one of the songs on the album titled Zayyak Ana, or "Just like you". 

The music of Toqa' w Toqoum was composed by Hany El-Dakkak, Massar Egbari's front man and one of its founding members.

Massar Egabri, whose Arabic name translates to “Compulsory detour”, was formed in 2005. The indie band entertains a large following and has performed at a number of festivals in Europe.

Their music has been featured in several Egyptian films, including Ibrahim El-Batout's Hawi and Ahmad Abdalla's Microphone. 


Sunday, 22 February, 8pm

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

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