Art Alert: Egyptian oriental jazz musician Yehya Khalil to perform at Cairo Opera

Eslam Omar , Sunday 4 Nov 2018

Khalil recently received the Cairo Opera House Lifetime Achievement Award for his "outstanding contribution in enriching musical life in Egypt"

Yehya Khalil

Egyptian jazz musician Yehya Khalil is gearing up with his ensemble, that combines some of the best musicians in the country, for the new season opening with an oriental jazz night at the Cairo Opera House Small Hall on Thursday, 15 November.

"Our meeting will be on 15 November for unlimited entertainment," the 75-year-old musician stated on Facebook, urging fans to attend.

"I hope to see all my friends and beloved, and enjoy the best of times," Khalil added.

One of the pioneers of the jazz movement in Egypt, Khalil was recently honoured amid celebrations of the birth of the Cairo Opera House, mid-October.

He received the Opera House bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award for his "outstanding contribution in enriching musical life in Egypt," with the award handed to him by Minister of Culture Enas Abdel-Dayem.

Yehya Khalil

The King of Jazz, as his fans like to describe him, has been praised by tens of fans who approved their attendance of the anticipated event, including Grammy-Award winner Fathy Salama.

"A great artist, had the pleasure to work with him long time ago, a must attend concert," Salama stated on the discussion of the event.

Khalil, who lived in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, after joining the American Music Conservatory for two years, played with a lot of know music legends, including Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Jeff Bush and Eric Clapton before returning to Egypt and transforming the music scene.

Thursday, 15 November at 8:00pm
Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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