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Current issue | Issue 1313, (29 september - 5 October 2016)
Thursday,19 October, 2017
Issue 1313, (29 september - 5 October 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Egyptian singing

Egyptian singing
Egyptian singing
Al-Ahram Weekly

At the Creativity Centre Theatre on the Cairo Opera House grounds, writes Nevine El-Aref, three young singers enchanted their audiences early this week to the sound of all-Egyptian instruments. For 90 minutes three fresh graduates of the centre’s amateur studio, Maher Mahmoud, Mostafa Sami and Rabab Nagi, managed to transport the audience back in time and across the length of the Nile Valley with folk songs, inshad (or religious chanting) and the ballad-like mawwal from Upper and Lower Egypt. Their talent was evident in the fusion of different modes of performance forming a single harmony. With the rhythmic beat, the spectators were carried from one mood to another: from praise of the Prophet Muhammad to liturgical hymns, and from wedding to patriotic songs. Presided over by director Khaled Galal, the Head of the Cultural Production Department and the founder of the centre studio, the Ghona Masry (or Egyptian Singing) festival is a “revival or a resurrection of Egypt’s folkloric and traditional songs that are about to go extinct,” according to Galal himself. They were trained by conductor Mohamed Baher, who managed to polish these new voices. “This is the first singing performance ever held by studio graduates,” Galal asserted proudly.

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