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Art Alert: Ahmed Haddad's concert of Egyptian songs and poetry at El-Sakia

Ahmed Haddad's name has been affiliated with several popular independent Egyptian music troupes such as Fayrouz Karawya's band, Eskenderella, Wust El-Balad, among others

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Dec 2020
Ahmed Haddad

Poet Ahmed Haddad will hold his latest concert of Egyptian songs and poetry at El-Sawy Culturewheel (El-Sakia) on Wednesday, 2 December.

Born in 1984, this talented young poet published his first vernacular book of poetry at the age of 15. El-Ward Elli Beyetlaa (The flowers that bloom) was the first of a compliation of six published poetry books.

Being a graduate of the High Cinema Institute - script-writing section (Class of 2006) - had a big impact on how Haddad created, wrote and directed his poetry performances. It gave Haddad's poetry performances a highly dramatic sense, where poetry is recited in a modern way and is interwoven with songs that he had written, creating a 'musical' script that leans very much towards the operetta form.

This form of his attracted many young listeners to his performances and reintroduced the concept of poetry evening to the younger generations. In addition to his performances in Egypt he recited his poetry at the Egyptian Cultural Center in Paris 2010, as well as in the UK in 2012-2013.

In 2017, Ahmed Haddad created his own band, named Retro, singing black and white movie songs and all time favorite classics in addition to his own lyrics.

In 2011, Haddad created the first of it's kind in Egypt, the videoclip poem that commemorated the Egyptian revolution and was titled Hekayet El Thawra (The story of the Revolution). It was screened at the Arab world institute in Paris in that same year.

In 2014, his book of poetry 'Beshweish' (Softly) was awarded best book of vernacular poetry by the General Egyptian Book Organization.

Since 2004, Ahmed Haddad's name has been affiliated with popular independent Egyptian music troupes such as Fayrouz Karawya's band, the Eskenderella band, the Wust El-Balad Band as well as main stream artists such as Yehia Ghannam , Ali El-Haggar, Ahmed El-Haggar and many more. Haddad also wrote the lyrics of awarded independent documentaries such as Makan Esmo Al-Watan (A Place Called Home, 2006) directed by Tamer Ezzat.

Wednesday 2 December, 7pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel (El-Sakia), Zamalek, Cairo

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