Well into the summer season, Cairo is turning up the heat in more ways than one and as always, this great city is serving up the best music, nightlife and events around. It may be a hot one, but this is what this week’s precious weekend has to offer.
On Thursday, Sufi welcomes Hungarian jazz and trip-hop musician Zsuzsanna Mészáros, better known as Marge, while Cairo Jazz Club also hosts an out-of-towner as Nashville native Eve Fleishman hosting an evening of sultry blues and jazz music. Following later that night, Bad Mojo will wrap the night up at CJC with their brilliant blues covers.
Opium welcomes urban master DJ Feedo for Pose while local indie-pop favourites Salalem are back for their weekly slot at Downtown Cairo’s After Eight. El Sawy Culturewheel resurrects the soul and music of the legendary Om Kolthoum through puppetry, while contemporary oriental band Darwasha are El Sawy’s live music for the evening. Cairo Opera House celebrates the 50th anniversary of Algeria’s independence by hosting a concert in commemoration of legendary singer Warda who passed away this year.
Cairo Opera House will also host the Japan Foundation Cairo Office’s Japanese Film Festival, which launches tonight in the Artistic Creativity Centre. Celebrating the work of legendary director Akira Kurosawa, the ten-day festival will screen his best work, starting tonight with his 1958 masterpiece, The Hidden Fortress.
The music continues this Friday with DJ K-Z and DJ Battawi at Cairo Jazz Club breaking out the best proggy. Elsewhere, O Bar continues its fine tradition of bringing the best DJs in Cairo to its decks; this time its DJ Feedo at the aptly named, the Bounce.
On a different note, Cairo Opera Ballet Company’s Zorba & El Leila El Kobra performance will see acts from the classic ballets being performed on the grand stage of the Main Hall. Meanwhile, El Sawy Culturewheel hosts Tunisian band Kalim as well as popular Egyptian pop star Shady Hassan.
The Japanese Film Festival continues with a
double screening of Red Beard and Drunken Angel, while Sufi in Zamalek
invites Cairo to snuggle up with a drink and snack for a screening of Pixar
In one of the more peculiar events of the weekend, the whirlwind that is the American Idol World Tour stops of at Cairo Opera House, where fans of the show can catch a glimpse of the finalists.
Closing the weekend on Saturday, Egyptian band Malaleem’s smooth fusion of oriental jazz and funk rock takes centre stage at Cairo Jazz Club, while shaabi rappers No Comment get grimy at After Eight. Also representing local talent is Kal Cook; a group who’ll bring a night of authentic rumba and flamenco to El Sawy Culturewheel.
You can extend your weekend by a few hours at Cairo’s only after-hours club Bamboo, and dance the night – and the early morning – away with Lebanese Love; a night of new and classic oriental music.
The art scene in Cairo continues to flourish, with some groundbreaking exhibitions filling the galleries of the city. This weekend will be the last chance to see photography exhibition ‘Sit Down. I Tell You a Story’ at Mashrabia Gallery, while HarassMap’s Harassment Exhibition and Joshua Goode’s ‘Lost Gods', both at Darb 17 18, continue to garner praise.
There you go Cairo, have fun!