Art Alert: Cairo's DCAF festival to close eighth edition with Naissam Jalal concert

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Apr 2019

The concert, 'Om El Aagayeb', is an ode to Cairo, and will feature several Egyptian musicians alongside French-Syrian musician Jalal

Naissam Jalal (Photo: part of promotional material)

The closing concert of the D-CAF festival on Sunday will feature French-Syrian musician Naissam Jalal, alongside Egyptian musicians.

The concert, titled Om El-Aagayeb, will feature instrumental, jazz, and oriental music, led by Jalal, who will sing in Nubian and Arabic and play the flute and the ney.

She will be joined by a group of Egyptian musicians: her frequent collaborator Hazem Shaheen on the oud, Mohamed Sami on the violin, Mohamed Salah on the cello, Wael Al-Ayed on the accordion, Salah Ragab on the double bass, and Hany Bdair and Adel Mikha on percussion.

Mikha will also be singing alongside Om Sameh and Jalal.

Jalal has described the upcoming performance as “an intimate story, an act of recollection” of her memories of living in Cairo during her early twenties.

She started playing the flute at the age of six and later studied the traditional oriental ney flute at the Grand Institute of Arabic Music in Damascus.

She pulls influences from jazz to hip-hop, and fuses together different musical traditions.

Her first album Aux Résistances was released in 2009.

Sunday 21 April, at 8pm
Falaki Theatre, 24 Falaki Street, Downtown Cairo

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