Egyptian Islamic chanter Mahmoud El-Tohamy in 'Unity in Diversity' concert

Eslam Omar , Sunday 15 Sep 2019

El-Tohamy will 'blend the Islamic arts of Sufism with international modern music' in a concert at the Cairo Opera House

Mahmoud ElTohamy
File photo:Mahmoud ElTohamy in 'Sufism vs. Modernism' concert at the Cairo Opera House. (Photo: Laila Farouk)

The head of the Egyptian Association of Religious Hymns and Litanies Mahmoud El-Tohamy is gearing up for another project where he "blends the Islamic arts of Sufism with various types international modern music."

The well-known Islamic chanter, who recently released an album of Islamic folk poetry in contemporary commercial pop arrangements, will perform his experiment in the open hall of the Cairo Opera House in a concert scheduled for Thursday 3 October.

"Wait for us in the most inspiring artistic mix of Eastern and Western , ancient and modern, improvisation in chanting and jazz music," reads a statement on the event's social media pages.

Born in 1979, the son of the pioneering Sufi chanter Shiekh Yassin El-Tohamy, the artist started his career in his boyhood by following in the footsteps of his father, performing Sufi poetry chants in traditional Islamic Sunni events across the country.

He has performed for crowds that sometimes numbered hundreds of thousands in large moulid events in Cairo's Al-Hussein and Al-Saida Zeinab districts.

He was featured in three concerts in 2018 with Egypt's Grammy Award winner Fathy Salama and his band Sharkiat in a project named 'Sufism vs Modernism', aiming to revive the genre with new styles.

Thursday, 3 October at 8PM
El-Sawy Culturewheel, Zamalek

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