Art Alert: El-Dor El-Awal to play Bibliotheca Alexandrina next week

Eslam Omar , Friday 9 Nov 2018

The band's music includes a unique combination of instruments such as bass guitar, qanun, violin, saxophone, accordion, and oud

El-Dor El-Awal

Egyptian band El-Dor El-Awal will perform a concert on Thursday 15 November at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which will feature some of their most-popular songs, including Raqs El-Hawanem, Rehla, and Hawdag.

Founded in 1999, El-Dor El-Awal (“The First Floor”) are known for their unique sound that combines their musicians' wide background with a traditional oriental melody.

The band is made up of the two popular percussionists, Bob and Mizo, whose beats are very rich, especially when combined with the tight electric bass provided by Ahmed Omar and Fady Badr on the qanun and keyboards, Mohammad Samy on the violin, Nour Ashour on the saxophone and mizmar, Wael El-Sayed on the accordion and Hisham Issam on the oud.

Due to the conflicting engagements of the band members from other side projects inside and outside of Egypt, El-Dor El-Awal doesn't perform regularly, but the group has lately begun to appear in cultural venues after a series of performances in local music spots.

Their first album, Qarar Izala (“Decision to Demolish”), was released in 2006, while their second, Aatareeq (“On the Road”), came out in 2009.

Thursday 15 November at 8pm
‎‎Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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