Art Alert: France's Fête de la Musique at Cairo's Citadel, Thursday

Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Jun 2013

Following one-year hiatus, French Institute will celebrate World Music Day in Egypt on Thursday, 20 June at Cairo's Saladin Citadel

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Cairo Citadel (Photo: Reuters)

The Fête de la Musique, which started in France, has been held since 1983. Currently, more than 110 countries on five continents celebrate what is also known as 'World Music Day' beyond France's borders.

The French Institute will organise the Egyptian celebration of the Fête de la Musique on Thursday, 20 June.

Although usually held every year, last year's festival did not take place.

According to the French Institute's website, this year's festival will include Egyptian bands characterised by their dynamic music and festive atmosphere, in keeping with the concept of the Fête de la Musique.

On Thursday, three bands will perform: Darwasha, Salalem and the Egyptian Project.

Darwasha was established one year ago by composer Mohammed Darwish. The band fuses Arabic rock and metal with electronic music. Salalem, meanwhile, launched in 2004, performs ironic songs about the daily lives of Egyptian youth.

The Egyptian Project, for its part, is the product of ongoing cooperation between performers of Egyptian traditional music and a French musician.

It combines the tunes of Cairo and Lower Egypt's Delta region with western trip hop, electro hop and classic music.

Programme:

Thursday, 20 June at 8pm

Saladin Citadel, Salah Salem Road, Cairo

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