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Cairo Weekend Guide: 4 the Love of House, Lots of Live Music & More

Cairo Weekend Guide: 4 the Love of House, Lots of Live Music & More
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Hello
    Cairo!

    Welcome to
    the first Cairo 360 weekend guide of 2013. On this, the most momentous of occasions,
    we implore Cairenes to embrace the New Year and prematurely celebrate the many blessings
    that we obviously deserve over the next twelve months.

    Sickly
    optimism aside, we have a somewhat low-key weekend ahead of us. The city might
    still be dormant following an eventful New Year’s Eve, but there is still plenty
    to partake in.

    The folk at
    Cairo Jazz Club kick the weekend off with a Thursday night double header of
    live music; worldly musician and singer, Sheila Scribner gets things going before
    Deja’vu’s funk-ridden soul stylings carry CJC into the early hours of the
    morning.

    More live
    music comes courtesy of local favourites, Salalem, who perform live at their
    second home, After Eight. Downtown neighbours, Almaz, are claiming to have
    another surprise performance this weekend. We’d put our money on it being a belly
    dancer.

    Elsewhere,
    Cairo Opera House hosts a rare performance by the Cairo Opera Company, whose members
    are delivering not one, but two performances in one night. Down the hallway,
    the Abdel Halim Nowera Ensemble continues to champion classical Arabic music
    with an evening of oldies.

    Friday also
    sees Cairo Opera House host more indigenous arts, as veteran musician and
    composer, Sobhi Bidair, is joined on stage by the famous Nayer Nagui, as well
    as a host of his former students and musician friends in this orgy of live
    music.

    Across town
    at El Gomhouria Theatre, the Arab Heritage Music Ensemble takes to the stage
    for their first performance of the New Year, while the Cadillacs perform at
    Zamalek joint, Jazz Mate.

    On Cairo’s
    ever flourishing bar scene, the Fairmont Nile City’s O Bar welcomes Nile FM’s
    DJ Feedo for R&B Night, while Cairo Jazz Club’s 4 the Love of House returns for 2013, with DJ Amr
    Hosny
    and DJ Mayounah stepping behind the decks for a night of unadulterated,
    not-at-all-repetitive house music.

    Elsewhere,
    Sufi screens 2004 Spanish film, The Sea
    Inside
    , in which the handsome, pan-faced Javier Bardem plays a man fighting for euthanasia and the right to die. Meanwhile, Cairo’s
    shoppers will be interested to hear that Le Pacha 1901 in Zamalek is hosting
    the Passionista Bazaar, where everything from fashion to home accessories is on
    show.

    Sufi is hosting weekend activities again on Saturday; this time, Sonia Hassan will be
    leading a Sufi Healing Meditation session which incorporates breathing
    techniques and chanting. Elsewhere, Basheer brings his unique,
    Nubian-influenced, Oriental music to Cairo Jazz Club, while Broadway comes to Cairo,
    as the Riff Band take centre-stage at O Bar.

    Meanwhile, Amr
    7a7a, Figo, Sadat Rap and Alaa Fifty – aka shaabi rap-group, No Comment – are live
    at After Eight. Cairo Opera House hosts more entertainment in the form of the
    Cairo Symphony Orchestra, who return for their weekly performance, while
    opera-lovers can enjoy the full glory of the Met in New York, with a live
    screening of Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens.

    On another note, First Mall in Giza will be transformed into
    a fashion runway, as the El Belouza Fashion Show delivers a peek into what’s ‘in’
    this winter.

    The first new art exhibition of the year comes in the form
    of Inji Efflatoun’s ‘A Life in Struggle’. Taking place Safar Khan Art Gallery
    in Zamalek, Efflatoun’s body of work, which takes inspirtation from the social
    and political concerns, cements her reputation as one of the most prominent
    female artists in Egypt.

    Speaking of Efflatoun, the artists work can also be found at
    Picasso Gallery’s group exhibition, ‘3 Of Pioneers’, where artists, Tahia Halim
    and Gazbia Sirry, also exhibit their work.

    This is only a few of the events taking place in the city
    this weekend. Head over to the Cairo 360 events calendar for more. Have a
    delightful weekend, Cairo.

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