Egyptian popular band Cairokee to perform in Paris for the first time

Ahram Online , Thursday 14 Nov 2019

The concert will take place 7 December at Le Petit Bain, a floating cultural venue in Paris

Cairokee band (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, by Tamer Gunner)

Egypt's band Cairokee is gearing for their first ever concert in Paris scheduled to take place 7 December at Le Petit Bain, a floating cultural venue in Paris.

The band announced that tickets to their concert were sold out weeks prior to the event.

One of Egypt's most popular bands of the past decade, Cairokee's concerts usually attract audiences in the thousands at the biggest venues.

With Paris's Le Petit Bain capacity of 450 seats, Cairokee's concert is expected to take a more intimate character.

Since Le Petit Bain's founding in early 2000s, the venue hosts French and international musicians in 250 concerts a year. The vibrant programming includes many renowned names from a wide range of music genres: indie, rock, pop, jazz, folk, electro, French chancon, Latino, among others. Cairokee's concert will add a unique flavour to the international selection.

Although Cairokee was founded in 2003, eight years before the 2011 revolution, their first success came in the post-25 January 2011 period.

Their hit single, Sowt El-Horreya (The Voice of Freedom) — written during the first 18 days of the revolution and released before former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down — took the country by storm and could be seen and heard for months on TV channels, radio stations, and even as a cell phone ringtone.

The band gained international media attention, with appearances on CNN and coverage in publications like Vanity Fair.

Their third album, Sekka Shemal (An Indecent Path), features collaborations with the renowned musician Souad Massi and the late vernacular poet Ahmed Fouad Negm.

In 2015, Cairokee released Naas W Naas (People and People) followed by a collection of their best known songs a year later.

Their fifth original album, A Drop of White, featuring Abdelrahman Roshdi, was released in 2017, followed by their latest Abna'a El-Battah El-Sawda'a (The Ugly Ducklings). 

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