Beach music festival kicks off this week in Egypt's Marsa Alam

Ahram Online, Tuesday 15 Apr 2014

Starting Friday 18 April, Egypt's three-day 3al Ganoob music festival in Marsa Alam brings 19 of the region's most entrancing independent musicians for non-stop beach jamming, sunset drum circles and much more

3al Ganoob 2013 sunset drum circle (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
3al Ganoob 2013 sunset drum circle (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

Following its 2013 edition, 3al Ganoob (To the South) is back this Easter holiday in Marsa Alam's Tondoba Bay with a stellar line-up of Egyptian and regional independent musicians along with a variety of beachside additional activities.

The three-day festival, stretched between Friday 18 April and Monday 21 April, is attracting nearly 1000 visitors and 19 artists who will be performing at various points of the day, right on the beach.

The artists include acoustic musicians Massar Egbari, Abo & Sennary, Youssra El-Hawary, Tamer Abu Ghazala, Sabrine Darabuka, Safi, Asia, Like Jelly, Bahia, El Mazzikateya, reggae band Meshwar and party starters Soopar Lox.

The line-up also includes various actors on the electronic music scene such as Fulltone, Nadah El-Shazly, Quit Together and Marice Louca. Arabic trip-hop duo Maryam Saleh and Zeid Hemdan will also be performing. Finally, two DJs will be playing their sets at different times: DJ Eskalob and White Nubian.

Besides the ongoing concerts, festival goers will also have a chance to participate morning and sunset yoga sessions on the beach with instructor Yogi Ali. There will also be a daily sunset drum circle led by Bongoz, in addition to other beach activities such as kite-surfing, snorkelling and diving.

Due to the festival's unique location a few kilometres away from Wadi Al-Gemal national park, excursions to its beautiful beaches will also be on offer.

Accommodation during the festival is mostly in tents, as previously available chalets and huts are now fully booked. 

Just as last year's edition, 3al Ganoob Festival also enjoys an ecological aspect. This year, it manifests itself in a beach clean-up organised by the Cairo culture space Darb 1718 which aims to collect large amounts of plastic to be displayed in galleries around Cairo and Europe in order to confront people with their consumption and its environmental impact.

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