Art Alert: Egyptian band Wust El-Balad to perform at Cairo Opera House

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Aug 2021

Founded in 1998, Wust El-Balad is one of the pioneers of the independent music scene in Egypt

Wust El-Balad

Famous Egyptian band Wust El-Balad are performing at the Cairo Opera House’s Fountain Theatre on Friday 20 August, as part of the summer programme.

Less active this year, Wust El-Balad, who released their latest single 'Or'os Ma'a El-Donia' ("Dance With the World") in April 2020 three month after 'Talamizna' ("Our Students"), will sing a selection of their memorable repertoire, including songs not included on their four albums — 'Wust El-Balad' (2007), 'Rubabekya' (2011), 'Karakib' (2014) and 'Bantalony El-Jeans' (2018).

The concert will feature musician and actor Hany Adel, who stars many films and TV series including Sherihan’s return Coco Chanel, as the main vocal and rhythm guitarist alongside old guards Ahmed Omran (oud), Ahmed Omar (bass), Asaad Nessim (guitar), Ehab Abdel Hameed (Bob) and Mohammed Gamal Al-Din (Mizo) (percussion) with the latest members Wael El-Said and Mounir Maher. Vocalist Adham El-Said will miss the concert as he is abroad.

Wust El-Balad played a key role in shaping Egypt’s underground scene with their success in the 2000s, remaining dynamic after changes in their lineup.

The open-air stage of the Cairo Opera (Fountain Theatre) was established last year to avoid spreading COVID-19. The same venue will also be hosting concerts for Mohamed Mohsen (5 August), Massar Egbari (11 August), Balqees (12 August), among other events.

Friday 20 August
Fountain Theatre, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

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