Art Alert: Basata turns eight at Cairo's El-Sawy Culturewheel

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 May 2016

Over the years, the band has performed locally, regionally and internationally

Basata on stage (Photo: Event Facebook page)

Cairo-based Basata Band will celebrate their 8th anniversary with a concert at El-Sawy Culturewheel on 13 May.

The popular youth fusion band has won many accolades since its formation in 2008.

Basata, which means simplicity, was formed when the band members decided the flood of love songs produced by musicians in Egypt needed refreshment.

The band's lyrics are written with a group of young emerging poets like Hesham El-Gagh, the popular colloquial poet from Upper Egypt.

The musicians of Basata play wood instruments, combining both eastern instruments like quanon and lute with popular western instruments like the guitar and cello. The band also plays a variety of percussion instruments from Spanish, African, Arab and other musical cultures.

Over the years, the band has performed in many of Egypt’s biggest theatres including the Cairo Opera House, El-Sawy Culturewheel, El-Genaina theatre, and at the Citadel Theatre.

According to the band’s website, the group has participated in international festivals including the Jordanian Jarash festival in 2013 and the folklore festival in Spain in 2009.

The band has also performed regionally, including a concert in Abu Dhabi in 2013, and has appeared on prominent Egyptian TV shows such as El-Qahera El-Yom, El-Ashera Masaan, Hona El-Asema and Akher El-Nahar.

“The band was honored to host a large number of artists and media figures as guests at their concerts. Some of the guests also shared the stage with the band more than once, like Yousra, Mohamed Alhelo, Asala, Hossam Habib, Khaled Youssef, and Hassan El-Shafie. The band featured the also special performance of one of the biggest media figures, Abla Fadila, as well as Hanan Mady, the composer Tamer Aly, and Mohamed Raheem,” Basata's website states.

Basata was honored in 2014 by actor Mohamed Sobhy as the band played to opened the Arab Drama Festival.

Members of the band are singer and composer Ehab Abdelwahed, singer Marise Lahoud, Michael Fouad on the qanoun, Amir Samir on violin and piano, Ehab Samir on cello, Raed Sika and Hany Sika on percussions, Michael Atef on bass, and the late member Nabil Lahoud, one of the band’s initial founders.

Friday 13 May, 8pm
El-Sawy Culturehweel, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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