The Ayoub Sisters & Amira Selim at Arab World Institute in Paris

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Mar 2024

Egyptian musicians the Ayoub Sisters and Amira Selim will perform in a concert hosted by the Arab World Institute in Paris, France, on 8 March.



The artists will be accompanied by an orchestra under the baton of the Egyptian composer and conductor Mohamed Saad Basha, in a concert that celebrates Egyptian women on International Women’s Day.

The coloratura soprano Amira Selim was born to a family of artists; her mother Marcelle Matta is a pianist, and her father was the renowned visual artist Ahmed Fouad Selim.

Selim has performed on numerous international stages. Her performance of “Ode to the Great Isis” during the 2021 Golden Parade of the Pharaohs shed a particular light on her talent. 

The song Merut Ek (Your Love), inspired by ancient Egyptian texts, will be included in the Paris performance. 

The Scottish-Egyptian duo, known as the Ayoub Sisters, consists of cellist Sarah Ayoub and violinist Laura Ayoub.

The sisters have made a significant imprint in the Western classical music scene, performing internationally. 

They released two albums  the Ayoub Sisters (2017) and Arabesque (2022)  with the latter one being a compilation of classical music, jazz, pop, and traditional Arabic music influences, hence attracting particular attention to the duo.

Among their emblematic compositions is Call to Prayers, which is a creative blend of the Muslim call to prayer and Coptic liturgies, becoming a celebration of harmony and cultural diversity. 


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