Launching their first post-pandemic tour in Europe in early June, Massar Egbari are finally pleasing their fan-base with their long anticipated album Nos El-Hagat (“Half of Things”).
A song named after the album has already been published through music streaming platforms Spotify, Anghmi, Deezer, iTunes and others, as well as YouTube on which they released the song’s lyrics video.
Within one week, Nos El-Hagat has become among the most listened-to tracks in Egypt on various platforms with almost 280,000 listens on YouTube alone, maintaining its momentum despite competition with pop, rap and mahraganat releases.
The album is expected to tackle social and romantic topics in oriental indie rock flavours following the catchy recipes of the band’s earlier albums; 2018’s El Album (“The Album”), 2015’s Tokaa We Tkoom (“You Fall and Rise”) and 2013’s Eera El Khabar (“Read the News”).
Confirmed to include at least five songs, the album will include a song featuring a famous Egyptian rapper, as Massar Egbari revealed to Ahram Online Saturday.
Berlin, Paris and more
Releasing a song every month, Massar Egbai started their tour in Egypt with a successful concert in Alexandria on 6 May.
They are set to perform next at the The Marquee Theatre in New Cairo’s Cairo Festival City on 27 May.
Their Europe tour will start with their debut performance in Berlin, Germany at Oyoun on 3 June.
One day later on 4 June, the Alexandrian band will play at Pan Piper Theatre, Paris in a concert that marks their first appearance in France after over a decade since receiving the Artists for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds Award by UNESCO in 2011.
The Europe tour will also include a concert in Belgium but details have not yet been revealed.
Founded in 2005, Massar Egbari is one of the leading independent bands in Egypt with their line-up of musicians: Hani El-Dakkak (guitar and lead vocal), Ahmed Hafez (bass guitar), Tamer Attallah (drums), Ayman Massoud (keyboards) and Mahmoud Siam (guitar).
The band are known for many hits like Sabahek (“Your Morning”), Nehayat El-Hakawy (“Ends of Stories”) and Cherophobia that featured famous actress Salma Abu-Deif in its music video.