The whole country has been under the spotlight this week and the two election days have typified Cairo; chaos, adulation, excitement, frustration and sunburnt faces from queuing in the sun. It’s not over yet, but we all deserve to have a messy, irresponsible weekend.
Thursday always has a little bit of something for everyone, starting with a double whammy of live performances at Cairo Jazz Club. Jailbirds open the evening with a set of classic rock covers, before Crash Boom Bang take you deep into the wee hours of the morning with their unique brand if intense funk-rock.
Live music also comes courtesy of The Jokers, who will perform at El Sawy Culturewheel. Influenced by psychedelic rock and Bob Dylan haircuts, they look like they’ve just stepped out of the 60s (This event has been cancelled).
If smelly hippy types aren’t your thing, then one can always go a little bit bourgeois and hit the Kempinski Nile Hotel’s Jazz Bar for a night of silky jazz courtesy of Michelle Rounds. Or you can go snobby and native; the National Arab Music Ensemble performs a range of classical Arab music at Cairo Opera House.
There’s rarely any incentive to wake up early on Friday. But wait, we’ve found one! Taste the World Friday at the Fairmont Nile City mixes great food, live music and fantastic afternoon weather in one neat little package.
Cairo’s clubs shall be keeping up the neighbours as per usual, particularly Temple at the Nile Pharaoh in Giza where 50 Biaster has finally arrived. After weeks of build up, the biggest hip-hop party of the year is upon us with music coming courtesy of a dream-team partnership: DJ Amr Hosny and DJ Feedo! Tickets are available from Tazkarty, but get them now!
Elsewhere, DJ Mad Lou spins groovy house music up the river at Opium, DJ Ouzo brings fresh techno music at Cairo Jazz Club, while Michelle Rounds is back wooing audiences at Jazz Bar. Divas shouldn't work this hard.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s coolest man over 60, Omar Khairat is performing at Cairo Opera House, while El Sawy Culturewheel welcomes Aliquid for a night of progressive jazz improvisations as part of the ongoing Cairo Contemporary Music Days. Staying in Zamalek, Sufi is screening 2001 cult classic In the Mood for Love.
The Sofitel El Gezirah hotel is giving Cairenes a chance to enjoy the afternoon sun and Nile-side breeze this Saturday with Sandwiches and Jams. Moderately decent wordplay aside, this daytime party offers great, fresh food, healthy cocktails and live music.
Cairo’s best bands are out in full force later in the evening, with Massar Egbari playing live at Cairo Jazz Club, Nagham Masry performing at El Sawy Culturewheel and Salalem taking centre stage at El Genaina Theatre. Meanwhile, Lebanese Love returns to after-hours club, Bamboo, where you can enjoy the best Lebanese and oriental music till 5AM. Not recommended if you have work the next day.
This weekend sees Cala Art Gallery in Zamalek launch a new group exhibition that will showcase some of the best young artists in Cairo, while ‘Elections’ at Darb 17 18 presents a unique take on the political whirlwind sweeping through the country.
Alright then Cairo, have fun. See you on the other side.