Art Alert: Pink Floyd songs in Andromida concert in Alexandria

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Aug 2020

One of the oldest active rock bands in Egypt, Andromida will feature guitarist Dimos, of Gravy Train Band, for the first time


Egyptian band Andromida, who are widely known for performing some of Pink Floyd’s most well-known songs, will be performing in Alexandria on Tuesday 25 August as part of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Art Centre's 18th International Summer Festival.

"Here we are back again with our beloved audience and our beloved Alex with a huge selection of Floyd's tunes. We miss music, miss Alex and miss all fans around Egypt," said the band, who was formed in 1987 by Amr Hassan (keyboard and vocals) and Ihab Al-Qalie.
In the concert titled 'A Night Beyond the Horizon', the band will be performing two sets of songs by the English rock band, which was formed in London in the 1960s, including Another Brick in The wall, The Happiest Days Of Our Lives, The Nile Song, High Hopes, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Learning To Fly, Hey you, Eclipse, Comfortably Numb and others.
In addition to Hassan, Sherif El-Sharqawi (drums and vocals), and Ahmed Anwar (bass and vocals), the concert will witness the first performance with the band by guitarist Dimos, who plays in another Pink Floyd band, Gravy Train Band, succeeding eight-year Andromida member Ally Salem.
"We would like to thank the great Ally Salem for such a wonderful era in Andromida's history and we wish her great success in life and new projects. We would like to present for the first time with Andromida the son of Alexandria Mr M. Dimos of Gravy Train Band," Andromida said.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina's 18th Summer Festival, dedicated to late Egyptian folk-dance icon Mahmoud Reda, is seeing a variety of various art forms, with the remaining music events including concerts by Nouran AbouTaleb (26), Ali El-Haggar (27) and Mostafa Awar (29) on the last day of the festival.
Cultural events and activities in Egypt were resumed last month as part of phase one of the country's reopening after the COVID-19 shutdowns. All events are being held under strict measures that include social distancing, obligatory masks, and sanitisation.


Tuesday 25 August, 9pm
Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Art Centre, Alexandria

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