Alexandria's cultural highlights of the week: Mohamed Mohsen, Kamilya Jubran

Ahram Online , Monday 3 Aug 2015

Singers Mohamed Mohsen and Kamilya Jubran will both perform as part of this year's Bibliotheca Alexandrina Summer Festival

Mohamed Mohsen, Kamilya Jubran
Mohamed Mohsen (L), Kamilya Jubran (R)

Egyptian singer Mohamed Mohsen and Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran are scheduled to deliver concerts at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 5 and 8 August respectively.

The concerts are part of this year’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival, which opened on 20 July and runs until 4 September.

Mohamed Mohsen is a renowned Egyptian singer whose 2012 debut album Al-Laf Fi Shawareak garnered huge acclaim. His repertoire comprises covers of well-known works of musicians like Sayed Darwish and Mohammed Abdel-Wahab.

Jubran is a Palestinian singer and oud player. Well-versed in classical Arabic music from an early age, in 1982 she joined the Palestinian pro-resistance band Sabreen. For the next two decades, with Jubran as the band’s lead performer playing the oud, qanoun and other intstruments, the band molded a contemporary underpinning for the Arabic song.

Jubran’s repertoire includes collaborations with Swiss trumpet-player Werner Hasler on three of her musical-projects Mahattaat, Wameed, and Wa Nabni.

The largest of its kind in the Mediterranean city, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Summer Festival began in 2002.

This year, the five-week festival includes a line-up of 38 events and will feature local and international music, films and performances of dance, theatre and folkloric arts.

Concert: Mohamed Mohsen
Wednesday 5 August at 8:30pm
Open Air Theatre, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria

Concert: Kamilia Jubran
Saturday 8 August at 8:30pm
Open Air Theatre, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Alexandria

See the full programme here.

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