Art Alert: Egyptian, Palestinian and Dutch musicians to perform at DCAF

Ahram Online , Monday 30 Mar 2015

Experimental sounds from Ismael, MC Boikutt and Birth of Joy to play in downtown Cairo on Thursday night


An eclectic mix of experimental electronic music from Egypt, Palestine and the Netherlands features in Thursday's DCAF music programme.

Ismael, from Egypt, will kick off the night with an experimental electronic set. Beyond DJ-ing on the local music scene, Ismael is also a member of the electronic duo Wetrobots and a member of the music collective Kairo Is Koming (KIK).

"Taking feedback loops as a primary source of inspiration, he sculpts the chaos into control, offsetting a series of sonic possibilities and infinite reactions that take form under his steady hand and curious expeditions into the unknown,” according to the DCAF website.

Ismael is also a partner at the Cairo-based EPIC 101 Studios and, as a musician, is signed on to the label 100 Copies, also based in the Egyptian capital.

The second set will feature famed experimental musician and MC Boikutt, from Ramallah, Palestine.

Boikutt creates sounds using sampled material, field recordings, and electronic devices, with results ranging between hip-hop, downtempo, glitch, ambient and experimental, according to the DECAF website.

His music is both political and innovative, relying on a lot of storytelling and ranging musically from hip-hop, electronic-experimental, ambient and is infused with lots of sampling.

In 2013, he wrote, produced and released his debut album Hayawan Nateq  to great audience success and regional acclaim.

Boikutt is also a co-founder of Tashweesh, a sound and image performance group from Ramallah and, according to DCAF's bio of him, has composed scores for international and local films.

Hailing from the Netherlands, Birth of Joy will wrap up the night.

Their music is described as having been “influenced by psychadelica, blues, and rock 'n' roll... with a modern twist influenced by stoner, grunge and punk”.

They have performed all over Europe, but Thursday will be their first time in Egypt.

They released their latest album, Prisoner, this month with the label Sixties on Steroids.

Thursday 9 April, 10pm 
Sherazade, downtown Cairo 
Tickets are available through Eventtus.

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