Not to be missed: Abundance of music with Massar Egbari, Amal Maher, The Beatles Tribute

Ahram Online , Wednesday 17 Apr 2024

Ahram Online highlights a selection of do-not-miss events this week (17-23 April, 2024) in Cairo

Not to miss

 

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare - film
Thursday 18 April
Across cinemas

Based on a true story, the action-comedy narrates the formation of the first special forces organization in WWII by UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill and a small group of military officials. The top-secret combat unit, consisting of unconventional individuals, embarks on a daring mission against the Nazis, using ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting tactics.

The film stars Henry Cavill, Alan Ritchson, Eiza González, and others.

Slotherhouse - film
Thursday, 18 April 
Across cinemas 

The film's synopsis is about Emily (Lisa Ambalavanar) who has a strong ambition to become sorority house president, which leads her to adopt a pet sloth to help in her election campaign. However, as mysterious deaths occur, Emily and her sisters are oblivious to the fact that their new house mascot is the cause of the fatalities.

Slotherhouse also stars Sydney Craven, Olivia Rouyre, Tiff Stevenson, and Stefan Kapicic.

Abu Shaar Brothers - music
Thursday 18 April, 8 pm
El-Sawy Culturewheel, Wisdom hall, 26th of July street, Zamalek, Cairo

Formed in the 1980s, with new generations subsequently entering the ensemble, Abu Shaar Brothers (El Ekhwa Abu Shaar), are an internationally renowned Syrian Islamic Nasheed group whose music and lyrics focus on a religious repertoire including songs praising Prophet Muhammad.

The Abu Shaar brothers currently reside in Egypt where they hold many concerts.

Hazem Shaheen and his band - music
Thursday 18 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House - Small hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Hazem Shaheen is one of the most prominent Egyptian oud players in the Arab world. 

The musician is a leading and founding member of the band "Eskenderella" which performs Egyptian Heritage music and songs they write for themselves.


Alexandria Opera Ensemble for Music and Arab Singing
Thursday 18 April, 8 pm
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre), Alexandria

The Alexandria Opera Ensemble for Music and Arab Singing conducted by Alaa Abdel-Salam will perform work by Egyptian poets Abdel-Rahman El-Abnudi and Salah Jaheen.

The evening will feature several singers: Yasser Said, Ayman Mostafa, Nada Ghaleb, Howaida Salah, Shams Ibrahim, El-Sayed Wahb Allah, Doaa Ragab, and Alaa Ayoub.

Massar Egbari - music
Thursday 18 April, 8 pm
American University in Cairo, Tahrir campus

Founded in 2005, Massar Egbari has gained a large following in Egypt and beyond, with a lineup featuring Hani El-Dakkak on guitar and lead vocals, Ahmed Hafez on bass guitar, Tamer Attallah on drums, Ayman Massoud on keyboards, and Mahmoud Siam on guitar. The band regularly sells out concerts in Egypt and has also performed in the region and internationally. 

Fabrica - music
Friday 19 April, 8 pm
Gomhoreya Theatre, 12 Gomhoreya St, Abdeen, Downtown Cairo

The evening features Neveen Allouba’s musical theatre company Fabrica presenting Timeless Stories, a new jukebox musical.

Fabrica was officially founded by Allouba in 2013,  presenting famous international shows such as the Egyptian translation of the musical Les Misérables.

 

 

Maher Zain - music
Friday 19 April, 8 pm

El-Sakia Mega stage in Nile University, 26th of July Corridor, 6th of October city (Cairo outskirts)

Maher Zain is a Lebanese-Swedish singer, songwriter and music producer who released his internationally successful debut album Thank You Allah in 2009.

Zain is among the best-known singers of the religion-inspired genre, becoming one of the top listened-to artists by many Muslims.

Even though the musician lives outside the Arab world, he records and tours extensively with his band, encompassing musicians of many nationalities, including Egyptians.

Sharara Sextet Ensemble - music
Friday 19 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, small hall, Zamalek, Cairo

Led by Ashraf and Hassan Sharara, the ensemble will be performing as a celebration of spring.

Sharara Sextet consists of the children and grandchildren of musician Attia Sharara and the rest of the band members.

Arab Heritage Music Ensemble - music
Friday 19 April, 8 pm
Arabic Music Institute, 22 Ramsis Street, Downtown Cairo

Conducted by Mohamed El-Mougy, the ensemble will include Angham Mostafa, Ahmed El-Waziry, Mohi Salah, Radwa Said, Hanan El-Kholy, Ahmed Sabry, Asmaa Kamal, and Yasser Soliman.

Isis String Orchestra and Glass Onion band - music
Friday 19 April, 8 pm
Cairo Opera House, open-air theatre, Zamalek, Cairo

Isis String Orchestra, an ensemble of strong amateur players, founded and conducted by Khaled Saleh, will accompany a popular band, Glass Onion, in their concert tributing The Beatles.

Amal Maher - music
Friday 19 April, 8 pm
The Marque, New Cairo

One of the leading Arab female voices, Maher came to the limelight with her powerful voice and unique ability to sing Umm Kalthoum's repertoire.

Well-known across the Arab world, Maher has released four studio albums: Isa'lni Ana" (Ask Me, 2006), A'raf Mneen (How Could I Know? 2011), Welad El Neharda (Sons of Today, 2015) and Asl El Ehsas (The Origin of Feelings, 2019), in which she collaborated with Indian composer, singer and music producer, A. R. Rahman.

Amr Selim - music
Saturday 20 April, 8 pm
Alexandria Opera House, Sayed Darwish Theater, Alexandria

Renowned pianist Amr Selim is known for performing classical music, including Arabic and Western pieces.

Omar Khairat - music
Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 April, 8 pm

Cairo Opera House, main hall, Zamalek, Cairo

One of the top musicians in the Arab world, Omar Khairat has hundreds of compositions in his repertoire. Khairat frequently performs at the Cairo Opera House and other venues in Egypt and the region.

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