Art Alert: Cairo’s 11th World Music Day at Azhar Park

Ahram Online , Monday 6 Jun 2016

The annual festival is organised by the French Institute in Cairo

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(Photo: Part of promotional material for Fete de la Musique)

Fete de la Musique, and Egypt's celebration of World Music Day, returns to Al-Azhar Park to bring some of Cairo’s iconic bands and one from France.

Al Darb Al Ahmar Art School and Oscarisme studio will open the evening with a show combining fanfare, circus and percussion, to be followed by the duo Telepoetic.

The Egyptian Project will also perform afterwards, presenting their music from students of the Cairo Conservatoire with the French artist Jérôme Ettinger.

The concert on the big stage will host the two rock bands, the Egyptian Massar Egbari and French band Baden Baden.

Formed in 2005, Massar Egbari 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.

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.

Baden Baden is a Parisian band, which takes its name from a German spa town. They mix folk guitar and electronic sounds, singing in both English and French.

They were first noticed in 2010 with their pop/folk EP titled 78. Their debut album titled Coline was released in 2013, followed by their most recent album Milles Eclairs in 2015.

World Music Day is traditionally celebrated on 21 June. Last year Egyptian singer Dina El-Wedidi and the French band Francois and The Atlas Mountains performed at the Cairo park.

Concert entry is open to the public free of charge.

Thursday 16 June, 8pm
Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem road, Cairo

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