Prominent religious chanter Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy gives a concert at the Opera House

Reham El-Adawi , Tuesday 19 Mar 2024

El-Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy
El-Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy


Ramadan highlights

Arab Music Institute

22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373 

Fri 22, 9.30pm: Aaz Al-Nass (the dearest people) troupe for music and singing. 

Fri 29, 9.30pm: The Arab Music Heritage ensemble performs classical Arab songs.   



Abdel-Aziz Al-Sa'oud Street

Happy Dolphin, 70 Abdel-Aziz Al-Sa'oud St, Al-Manial, Cairo, 012 22424445/01098098671 

Sudanese Art Festival 

Thurs 21, 10.30pm: Sudanese singer Insaf Fathy

Fri 22, 10.30pm: A concert features Sudanese artists Saad Yassin and Iman Youssef

Sat 23, 10.30pm: Prominent Sudanese singer Samira Donia

Sun 24, 10.30pm: A concert features Sudanese singer Asia Madany

Mon 25, 10.30pm: Religious chanting by a Sudanese troupe. 

Thurs 28, 10.30pm: Sudanese singer Shamt Mohamed Nour, and Tablet Elsitt all female band in the same concert. 





Beit Al-Seheimi
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 8pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 8pm: “Alaragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.



Cairo Opera House

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144

Main Hall

Thurs 28, 9.30pm: Arab music concert by the Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music ensemble. 

Open-Air Theatre

Thurs 21, 9.30pm: Religious chanter Wael El-Fashny and his band. 

Fri 22, 9.30pm: Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting. 

Sat 23, 9.30pm: Vocalist Dina El-Wedidi and her band.  

Wed 27, 9.30pm: Oud recital by Saad El-Oud

Thurs 28, 9.30pm: Prominent religious chanter Sheikh Yassin El-Tohamy and his troupe.   

Small Hall

Thurs 21- Thurs 28, 9.30pm: Ramadan evenings feature Arab and Islamic folk and traditional troupes organized by the Arab embassies in Egypt.  



Al-Gumhouriya Theatre

12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707 

Thurs 21, 8.30pm: A concert by the Talents Development Centre celebrates Mother's Day. 



Al-Ghouri Caravansary 
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat and Wed, 7.30pm).




1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878 

Every Tuesday, 8pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.

Every Wednesday, 8pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.



Rawabet Art Space

5 Hussien El-Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Bassiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown

Fri 22, 9pm: A stand-up comedy show features Sharnouby, Iron Tawfik, Mohamed Halawa, Mohamed Maher, Ahmed Hassan.  



Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159

Thurs 21, 9pm: The Mad Day, a night of unstoppable laughter with the hilarious comedians: Abdel-Rahman Akrabani, Keka, Mustafa Disha, Hatem El-Sokary, Sheka, Mohamed Elmenshawy

Fri 22, 9pm: WTFUN stand-up comedy show features Nagy,
Iron Tawfik, Sanad, Tawfik El-Minshawy, Hassan Hossam, and Ahmad Tawfik

Tues 26, 9pm: Karaoke night.

Thurs 28, 9pm: The Comedy Gate stand-up comedy show with line up Tawfeek Elminshawy, Omar Kent, Enjy Hash, Mohamed Hamdy, Mazen Fekry, and Fady Refaat

The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo

Thurs 21 and Thurs 28, 9pm: Karaoke night. 

Sat 23, 9pm: A Ramadan stand-up comedy night with
Hamza Bahaa, Medrona Selim, Mahmoud Khashaba,
Iron Tawfeek, Shehab El-Ashry, and Abdoul.
Mon 25, 9pm: A concert of authentic Egyptian Arab singing, which expresses all aspects of the Egyptian identity in a simple and approachable way to all ages and nationalities by Oud player Saad El-Oud.  

Tues 26, 9pm: Get ready for an awesome music night with the Anwar Abosehly Quartet, led by Abosehly, this group will take you on a diverse musical journey filled with beautiful tunes, including original songs, covers, and classical pieces, spanning genres like indie rock, progressive metal, and classical.

Wed 27, 9pm: Karaoke night.



El Sawy Culturewheel

End of 26th of July St, underneath the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448 

Wisdom Hall

Tues 26, 9pm: Religious chanting by Al Torath Al Halaby (Syrian heritage) troupe.  

Wed 27, 9pm: All-female band Tablet Elsitt resurrects traditional Egyptian music using various instruments on top of which is the tabla

Thurs 28, 9pm: Elahbab troupe for religious chanting.   

Word Hall

Thurs 21, 9pm: Konafa CN stand-up comedy show. 




Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC) 

AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077

Ewart Memorial Hall 

Tues 26, 8-10pm: Unearth the richness of Egyptian heritage with the imitable Egyptian Mawlawiya troupe, established by the Sufi chanter Amer El-Tony in 1994. Experience an enchanting repertoire that combines festivities and rituals dating back to the earliest civilizations—the Pharaohs, no less—as they performed whirling dances in celebration of the resurrection of Osiris. Venture with us on an invigorating journey that traces the whirls and twirls of Egypt's historical tapestry right to your 21st-century doorstep, promising to make your spirit dance and ponder in equal measures. 




Theatro Arkan

Arkan Plaza, El-Sheikh Zayed, Giza, Egypt

Sat 23, 9pm: Harpist Manal Mohei Eldin, together with Oriental Strokes ensemble, give a concert. 







Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre) 

Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106

Fri 29, 9.30pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Strings Orchestra.   



Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999 

Small Hall 

Fri 22, 9.30pm: A concert features harpist Manal Mohei Eldin and Oriental Strokes ensemble, accompanied by the BA Orchestra



French Cultural Institute 

30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/3918952

Thurs 21, 9pm: Come and experience an unforgettable Ramadan evening with Sheikh Rabie and his group. Get ready for a musical and spiritual journey into the heart of Ramadan tradition: a captivating Hilalian narrative by Sheikh Rabie, a talented storyteller, reciter, and singer. A Tanoura performance.

El Sheikh Rabie, son of Sheikh Zein Mahmoud, is an artist born in Beni Mazar, Minya Governorate. He inherited his father’s love for the Hilalian tradition and perfected his art under renowned masters such as Hamdi Taleb, Hassan El-Geritli, and Sayed El-Dawi. 

* A version of this article appears in print in the 21 March, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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