Egyptian artist El-Waili's ‘3dd El Sokan’ hits 30,000 streams on Anghami, among editor's picks

Ahram Online , Sunday 26 Sep 2021

Prolific Egyptian artist El-Waili is back once again with his new single 3dd Al-Sokan , featuring Donia Wael and Zaid Khaled, which has hit over 30,000 streams on Anghami in only 2 days since its release last week.

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It has also been picked up by Anghami as one of their selected “Editor’s Picks.”

Not a typical pop singer, El-Waili’s productions include a multitude of genres, such as trap, pop, rap, and mahraganat.

His latest single somewhat fits into the future bass and electro chaabi genre, which is currently sweeping the underground culture in Egypt and the Middle East.

Electro chaabi music combines the DIY punk spirit of the 70s with a modern hip hop attitude, creating something fresh, dynamic, and utterly thrilling, something that 3dd Al-Sokan represents.

The word “unique” is often overused, but this track sounds like nothing else. It opens with an almost jazzy feel before ghostly vocals sneak in alongside an otherworldly arpeggio.

From there, the track ebbs and flows, with Arabic punctured beats and sweeping basslines.

‘My music is unexpected, experimental, cinematic, futuristic, and angry,’ says El Waili, whose real name is Kareem.

El-Waili, named after a local neighbourhood, sprung to life during the early stages of the pandemic in 2020.

“I started to produce music that communicates my sonic experience while living in the El-Waili district. I wanted to deconstruct the urban noises and present a perspective and feeling with distinctive music styles and drops.”

3dd El Sokan is the result of several jam and freestyle sessions with fellow artists Donia Wael and Zaid Khaled.

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