Art Alert: Aida El-Aiouby at Cairo Opera House in Ramadan

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 May 2019

After her success in the mainstream music scene in the 90s, El-Aiouby has been focusing on Islamic Sufi chanting

Aida El-Aiouby
Egyptian singer Aida El-Aiouby during a concert (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Egyptian singer Aida El-Aiouby will perform on Saturday 18 May as part of the Cairo Opera House special programme celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The songwriter and oud player has recently been focusing on Islamic Sufi music and chants.

Her peak came in 1991 when she launched her biggest hit Ala Bali (On my Mind) early in her career.

Between 1991 and 1996, she produced three albums; Ala Bali, Rafiq Omy and Min Zaman, before she disappeared from the music scene to return in 2004 with a Sufi music album that was partially broadcasted on Egyptian TV in Ramadan.

In 2011, she joined the band Cairokee for their hit song Ya El-Midan (Oh Square), a nostalgic favourite among many revolutionaries.

El-Aiouby, 55, graduated from the American University in Cairo with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science.

The Opera House's programme for Ramadan will see many performances by well-known Egyptian and Arab artists, cinluding Medhat Saleh (14 May), Tania Saleh (17 May), Ali El-Helbawy (20 May), Dina El-Wedidi (21 May), Khaled Selim (23 May), Nesma Mahgoub (24 May), Islamic chanter Yassin El-Tohamy (26 May), and Tunisian Ghalia Ben Ali (27 May).

Saturday 18 May, 9.30pm
Cairo Opera House, Open Theatre, Zamalek

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