Art Alert: Looperia Project to bring African fusion to Cairo's Arab Institute

Ahram Online , Wednesday 25 Oct 2017

Looperia Project is a blend of spiritual lyrics, Sufi traditions, gnawa sense and rhythmic beat

Looperia Project (Photo: courtesy of Looperia Project)

On Saturday 28 October, Looperia Project will hold a concert at the Arabic Music Institute, a historical palace holding cultural activities managed by the Cairo Opera House.

The band was formed in 2012 with the aim of reaching out to African musical heritage. Their music is a unique combination of many African influences from across the continent, from south and central Africa to the northwest.

According to a statement published by the band on its Facebook page, the Looperia Project is "A blend of spiritual lyrics and gnawa sense, rhythmic beat with a Sufi twist that expresses what do we feel towards love, peace, god and the garden of Eden.”

The compositions involve a mixture of percussion, vocals, guitar, oud and various instruments known to African cultures.

Mohamed Kamal, the band's founder, believes that the relationship between Egypt and Africa is a natural result of the country’s geographical positioning and that very often we tend to forget how many common elements Egypt shares with the rest of the continent.

Through the Looperia Project, together with other musicians – Monia Salah, Mahmoud Desouki , Mostafa (known as Tegana), Abdel Fattah and Wetey Rasta – Kamal creates strong creative links between Egypt and rest of the Africa.

Saturday 28 October, 8pm
Arab Music Institute, Ramses Street, Cairo


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