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Cairo Weekend Guide: Street Festival, Sudanese Folk Music & Revolution Art

Cairo Weekend Guide: Street Festival, Sudanese Folk Music & Revolution Art
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Hello Cairo!

    It’s getting warmer in the capital, and it
    may be premature thinking, but we’ve already started to dream about what the
    summer of 2012 holds for Cairo. In the meantime, there’s plenty to do and see
    starting off with a whole weekend of revelry.

    Thursday ushers in the weekend with a night
    of sultry divas at Cairo Jazz Club as Noha Taha and Michelle Rounds perform.
    Elsewhere, while DJ Feedo is at Stiletto in Dokki for a night of unadulterated
    hip-hop and r&b while DJ Fabric will be reeling of tunes at Melouk.

    Deeper into the city, Ismailia’s El Waziry
    are performing a night of traditional Egyptian folk music at El Tanboura
    Hall, while one of Sudan’s leading singers Salma El Assal will bring the vibes
    of western Sudan to Makan.

    Zamalek’s favourite new hangout spot Sufi
    hosts bossa-nove fusion group Betengan-Gen for a unique musical experience. Also
    in Zamalek, El Sawy Culturehweel is still in the Valentine’s mood as they host
    Mashaweer Band and Camera Band for a special Valentine’s concert.

    Friday will have clubbers in a bind,
    because while DJ Feedo is rocking Purple with more heavy hip-hop and r&b,
    DJ Karim Zalat is at Cairo Jazz Club for Electro Friday. If that wasn’t enough,
    Arabish House Mafia at Opium in Zamalek is back for a night of the best Arabic
    music of the 80s and 90s and Nacelle’s Friday Night House Sessions are at Yasso
    with DJ Tito.

    Those looking for something a little
    different to the norm might enjoy the screening of film ‘The Tiger and the Snow’
    at Sufi or the Sekem Peace Voice & Choir’s performance at El Sawy
    Culturewheel. El Sawy will also host their annual Sakia Street Festival which
    will feature an eclectic line-up of performances, activities and authentic
    Egyptian snacks.

    Saturday gives Cairo a treat if two
    brilliant live performers. Beshir is back at Cairo Jazz Club with his smooth
    Nubian fusion, while celebrated oud player and composer George Kazazian, will
    perform at El Sawy Culturewheel.

    Meanwhile, DJ Feedo is coming out to play
    for the third time in as many days for ladies’ night at Stiletto. Speaking of
    ladies, the US embassy project ‘Sing Egyptian Women, Let the Word Hear You’
    stops off at El Sawy Culturewheel.

    The art scene in Cairo is heaving at the
    moment, and we have been impressed with Ali Abdel Mohsen’s exhibition at
    Mashrabia Gallery
    in Zamalek. The way in which the artist depicts events in
    Tahrir is different to any other revolution-related art. The same can be said
    of Ahmed Kassim’s tongue-in-cheek exhibition ‘Politica’ at Safar Khan Gallery.
    The innocence that comes across in Shaimaa Aziz’s paintings of everyday life in
    Egypt also makes ‘Special Characters’ at Nashwa Art Store an exhibition worth
    checking out.

    Al Azhar Park is also hosting a unique exhibition in EU-backed itinerary photo-exhibition  ‘Visionary Africa: Art at Work’.

    There you go Cairo, have a great weekend!