Preview: Music from Egypt and Sudan (London, 22nd January to 4th March 2016)

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If you are already missing the good time you had attending the two Case of Arabic Hip-Hop events…don’t worry, because MARSM UK will soon come back with another thrilling series of events dedicated to Arabic music and tradition.

In fact, from the 22nd of January till the 4th of March, Egypt and Sudan will take on the starring role displaying their musical new waves throughout five gigs in various London venues.

Sponsored by Al Araby TV Network, Music from Egypt and Sudan will make its début at SOAS Brunei Gallery in few days time. On the 22nd of January, Oxford Maqam will indeed bring back to life Egyptian and Levantine traditional repertoire also reviving Arabic classical atmospheres.

Few days later, on the 6th of February, Dina El Wedidi & Rasha, two of the most gifted North African voices, will surely enchant the Islington Assembly Hall audience with their exquisite vocal cords and making melody of Cairo and Khartoum cultural heterogeneity.

Cairo will be the main actor on the 20th of February too, when the Egyptian Project will bring their urban character to Rich Mix. Their mix between electronic, trip-hop and ambient will be an indisputable evidence of the state-of-the art of the Egyptian sound.

And again, less than two weeks later, the referential rock band Cairokee will let Cairo express its artistic soul and muscles. The band, which was one of the loudest voices of the 2011 Revolution, is also one of the Egypt’s most popular acts thanks to its social commitment, unequivocal messages and rock appeal.

The final concert of the series will also be one of the most sought-after London gigs in March. In fact, on the 4th, Alsarah & the Nubatones will delight the Rich Mix crowd with their elegant East-African retro-pop, charming stage presence and striking musicianship.

In little more than a month, you can enjoy a full-immersion in the finest North African and Arabic tunes and voices. So forget the last winter cold and join the warmth Music from Egypt and Sudan experience.

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