Art Alert: Music gems from Retro band at El Sawy Culturewheel

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Jan 2018

Retro band starts the new year with one of their interesting melange between classic songs and modern themed songs in retrospect

(Photo: fragment from the Retro band's promotional material)

On Thursday 18 January, in their first concert this year, the Retro band will take the audience back in time with a performance of Arabic classics.

The band will perform the music of Farid El Atrash and Baligh Hamdi, accompanied with lyrics written by famous poets Bahaa Jaheen and Amin Haddad, as well as by Retro band member Ahmed Haddad.

Ahmed Haddad will perform on stage as will singers Dalia El Guindy, Hana Afifi, and oud player and singer Hassan El Manyalawi.

Founded by prominent poet and artist Ahmed Haddad in 2017, the band performs favourites from classic Egyptian film soundtracks, and have found a warm response from Cairene audiences.

Haddad has published five books of poetry and was awarded the Cairo International Book Fair’s Best Book Award in 2012 for his colloquial poetry collection Beshweish.

Thursday 18 January at 8pm
El Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom Hall, 26 July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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