Art Alert: Massar Egbari to hold two concerts in Cairo, Alexandria

Ahram Online , Sunday 24 Apr 2016

2016 looks like a vibrant year for the famed band who are also participating in the upcoming edition of Oshtoora Festival

Massar Egbari
Massar Egbari performs during the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Summer Festival in 2014, Alexandria, Egypt (Photo: Corinne Grassi)

Egyptian band Massar Egbari is scheduled to hold a concert on 5 May in Cairo’s El-Sawy Culturewheel, followed by another concert on 19 May at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

The current year is a thus far vibrant for the five-member band. In March, the band released a single titled Cherophobia. Written by Ahmed El-Rawy and composed by the band’s vocalist Hany El-Dakkak, the hit single garnered much success.

Massar Egbari is also participating in the upcoming edition of Oshtoora Festival, which will run between 28 April and 2 May in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo.

Formed in 2005, the band has carved a place for itself in Egypt’s music scene. With its signature style of oriental Arabic rock tunes fused with jazz and Western sounds, the band is still thriving 11 years later.

Massar Egbari's lineup includes Ayman Massoud on keyboards, Hani El-Dakkak on guitar and lead vocals, Ahmed Hafez playing bass, Tamer Attallah on the drums, and guitarist Mahmoud Siam, who joined the band in 2008.

The band was awarded by UNESCO in 2011, earning the title of Artist for Intercultural Dialogue, “for their outstanding contribution to foster exchange and dialogue between Arabs and Western culture through art.”

In 2015, the band released their latest album Tou’aa w Te’oum (Fall and Get Back Up) where their signature sound fusing rock and oriental music was soundly preserved.

“Tou'aa w Te'oum conveys the current state of society and the country as a whole. It also communicates something more personal for us, because we were overcome by confusion while recording the songs,” the band’s guitarist Mahmoud Siam told Ahram Online in a July 2015 interview.

"We wanted to experiment. This time around we were bolder, trying new types of music, even if that involved taking the risk that people might find it weird,” he added.

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