Art Alert: Mai Kamel, between jazz and oriental

Eslam Omar , Monday 20 Jan 2020

Mai Kamal's repertoire includes oriental songs combined, and sometimes merged, with known Jazz standards

Mai Kamal
Mai Kamal

Egyptian rising talent Mai Kamal will throw an Oriental jazz concert at Room Art Space Garden City on 30 January where she will sing a collection of known Arabic and Western standards.

"I am looking forward to meet new audiences and receive their feedback," Kamal told Ahram Online, explaining that she loves jazz but started to focus more on Oriental singing.


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With her repertoire including Oriental songs such as Ala Moog Al-Bahr, Hal-Asmar El-Loun, Sho Bakhaf, Gheir Enta, combined and sometimes merged with known Jazz standards like Automn leaves, Sway, Amado Mio and Bessame mucho, the young ambitious singer is experimenting in an attempt to reach her unique sound.

"I like to evolve from one genre to another experiencing different kinds of line-ups and sounds," Kamal added. 

Kamal, will be accompanied this time by jazz loving musicians that include Samo Al-Taweel (drums), Moataz Kamel (guitar), Cherif Ramez (bass), Salma Amr (percussions) and Tarek Hussein (keys).

Kamel is the only daughter of iconic Egyptian singer Afaf Radi. She started her singing career at operatic concerts before founding her own jazz band.

Thursday 30 January at 9 pm
Room Art Space, Garden City

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