Hisham Kharma and Cairo Steps to star at 10th Cairo Jazz Festival

Eslam Omar , Monday 24 Sep 2018

The festival that will be held in New Cairo will witness 20 concerts of musicians from 14 countries


Egyptian composer and producer Hisham Kharma and his band will perform at the opening of the 10th edition of the Cairo Jazz Festival (CJF), taking place at the American University in New Cairo between 11 and 14 October.

Egyptian composer and producer Hisham Kharma

The former advertising creative director and music producer is expected to perform a selection from his third album Al YaQeen, which was released in 2016, combing a group of very talented musicians that share his passion in merging electronic and ethnic sounds.

The CJF will feature a few Egyptian bands, including female singer Nourhan Abou Taleb, Hawrido Band, Boghdady Big Band and Noha Fekri's band, along with 20 concerts that also include featuring Syrian singer Lynn Adib, Portuguese Rita Maria, Austrian David Helbock and Czech Dan Barta, among many others.

Cairo Steps

"I am very excited for the new edition of the festival. We succeeded in bringing in musicians from 14 countries to achieve our goal of making the festival an international event that increases the listeners of Jazz music in Egypt," the founder of the CJF Amro Salah stated in a press release ahead of the event.

The closing night will feature the popular German-Egyptian ensemble Cairo Steps, who received the German Jazz Award at an event in Berlin with German band Quadro Nuevo, for their joint album Flying Carpet last April, which saw a contribution from the flautist Enas Abdel-Dayem, who is currently Egypt's minister of culture.

Founded in 2002 by Egyptian oud player Basem Darwish and German pianist Matthias Frey, Cairo steps is an international Sufi-jazz-world music ensemble directed by pianist and conductor Sebastian Müller-Schrobsdorff.

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