Art Alert: Algerian singer, songwriter Souad Massi returns to Cairo

Ahram Online , Saturday 17 Nov 2018

Souad Massi's concert will take place in Cairo Festival City

Souad Massi

Renowned Algerian singer and songwriter Souad Massi will perform in Cairo Festival City on Wednesday 28 November, accompanied by Syncope Orchestra conducted by George Kolta.

The event, organised by Sawt Music, aims to "blend the excellence of classical music and the originality of contemporary lyrics into a harmonious fusion that fits our modern everyday life," the press release states.

Massi, who is very popular in Egypt, is known for her combination of North African folk with a myriad of influences, from flamenco to rock.

Her albums have received international acclaim, and she has millions of fans both in the Arab world and internationally.

She played two concerts in Cairo and Alexandria in April 2017.

Based in Paris, the 46-year-old Algerian singer remains faithful to her language and Arab roots yet merges influences from other cultures and genres like Spanish flamenco, African instruments, and American folk rock.

She is famed for her soulful unique vocals, poetic lyrics and swaying rhythms ranging from simple to rich melodies. 

Her first album, Raoui (2001), featured many of her best-known songs, such as Gher Enta and Matebkiche. Massi’s latest studio album was produced in 2010, titled Ô Houria.

Wednesday 28 November 7:30pm
Cairo Festival City, New Cairo

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