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Art Alert: Popular Egyptian band Sharmoofers to give four concerts in two days

To accommodate their large fan base, and in response to COVID-19 imposed restrictions, the popular duo will perform four concerts at El Sawy Culturewheel next week

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Jun 2021
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The popular Egyptian band Sharmoofers will perform four concerts over the span of two days at the stage of El Sawy Culturewheel. The concerts will take place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 June at River Hall.

Usually, the band's popularity prompts them to stage two consecutive concerts in one day. This time, the staging of concerts is meant to accommodate health ministry precautions that limit the number of seats due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since their inception in early 2010s as a music project resulting from meetings of musician friends, Sharmoofers have gained popularity and have since entertained the audience with their music online and through live performances. In April 2014, they performed on the third season of El-Bernameg, the satirical show hosted by Bassem Youssef. A month later, they made their debut live performance at Al-Azhar park, and have since been performing in various venues across Egypt drawing a growing audience.

In the first years of band's activities their line-up included Ahmed Bahaa (vocals), Moe El-Arkan (bass guitar), Ahmed Aly and Adel Mohamed (percussion), Mostafa Kerdani (drums), Mohamed Labib (saxophone), and Islam Ali 'Solly' (trumpet), though the setup of the formation continued to change over the years

Today, they perform as a duo comprising the main founders, Ahmed Bahaa and Moe El-Arkan. The band has gained over 1.8 million followers on their Facebook page, becoming one of the most popular independent formations in Egypt. They continue to perform mostly their original music, which is a fusion of pop-infused rock with an occasional oriental flavour and comedic reggae. 

Programme:

Thursday 17 June at 4pm and 8pm
Friday 18 June at 4pm and 8pm
River Hall, El Sawy Culturewheel (El-Sakia), 26th of July St, Zamalek, Cairo

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