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Dina El Wedidi has shown Egypt what “hope” sounds like with her voice. The independent Egyptian songwriter and singer was recently featured on Time Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders list, along with nine others from India, Spain, Nigeria, Somalia, Brazil, Sweden, US, and South Korea, who are all inspirational figures in different fields from music to sports and politics.
Wedidi has gained success not only in Egypt but also abroad, performing across the United States, Europe, and Africa. From 2007 to 2010, Wedidi worked as a singer and actress with El Warsha Theatre Troupe, exploring Egyptian folk and performing in unlikely places such as Cairo’s prison.
The 26-year-old established her own band in 2011, and through her debut album, Turning Back (2014), and her latest album, Slumber (2019), Wedidi has been fusing heritage sounds with influences from different genres, including electronic and jazz.
She will also be performing tomorrow, May 21st at the Cairo Opera House, to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan in an event organised by the Ministry of Culture. So grab your besties and go and see one of the Next Generation Leaders!