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PHOTO GALLERY: Sofar event brings independent music to Cairo living room



Abdalla Meniawy and Ahmed Salah perform (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Abdalla Meniawy and Ahmed Salah perform (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Hany Mustafa and band continue their set (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Hany Mustafa and band continue their set (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Safi takes the roof after powercut (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Safi takes the roof after powercut (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Safi takes the roof after powercut (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Hany Mustafa and his band perform (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Audience listening to Hisham Said (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Jordanian Hisham Said performs at Sofar event (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Jordanian Hisham Said performs at Sofar event (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)
Jordanian Hisham Said performs at Sofar event (Photo: Rowan El Shimi)

The capital hosted its very first ‘Songs from a Room’ (Sofar) on Tuesday 17 June. Sofar is a global music movement which started in London in 2009 and has since spread to more than 80 cities around the world. 

The location of the music event is announced to users who've signed up to the Sofar website only a day before it takes place, and the line-up is only announced at the event as each act is about to play. The idea is to bring music to audiences in intimate settings where audiences sit quietly and connect with the artists.

Sofar Cairo hosted four talented acts starting with acoustics of oriental blues by Jordanian Hisham Said and Mohamed, followed by Hany Mostafa and his band who took the mood up a notch with a stellar performance of indie/pop music. Safi then took his guitar to the rooftop and with his soulful voice played his songs, followed by Abdalla Meniawy and Ahmed Saleh who performed their electro-spoken word project.

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