Still from Salalem's first official video, 'Maaleshi'
Independent Egyptian bands Salalem, Like Jelly and Rassef L'bkariya will be performing in Darb 1718 on Saturday, 8 March, as part of the venue's newly launched "Darb El-Mazzika" programme.
Salalem, formed in 2005, is made up of six members, three of them guitarists, who fuse their diverse musical influences together in tunes that are catchy and rhythmic, coupled with humorous lyrics satirising different social, cultural and political trends in Egypt. The band rose to increased popularity after the January 25 Revolution and have recently released the first single off their second album, Tamam, titled La'allo Kheir.
Like Jelly was also launched in 2005. The band brings together a group of young musicians seeking to break taboos through their music, which are often medleys of rock, pop and shaabi numbers that provide creative commentary on social and cultural issues in Egypt. Fusing a special acoustic sound with sarcastic storytelling, Like Jelly jump from one theme to the next, delighting and surprising audiences at the same time.
As for Rassef L'bkariya (Pavement of Genius), their work alternates between funk grooves, Afro-Cuban beats and sometimes even heavy metal. Band members refuse to categorise their music as a certain genre, as they believe that could place limits on their creative process. The band derives its name from the idea that the pavement — or more generally the street — is where all great music is born, and where it can grow freely without interference from any other factors. Rassef L'bkariya was established in 2010, when rapper Omar Hassan Nabil decided to form a band and recruited a guitarist, a drummer, a bassist and a keyboardist.
Tickets for Darb El Mazzika can be bought at the Darb 1718 gate on the day of the event.
Saturday, 8 March at 7pm
Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Centre
Qasr Al-Shamee' Street, Al-Fakhareen – Old Cairo
(Behind the Hanging Church and Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque)