Toronto gears up to host Cairo Nights this March
by: Rolla Bahsous
types of cultural festivals and audiences are in for a treat this March.
Toronto Cairo Entertainment will be hosting Cairo Music Nights, a musical
festival celebrating unique Egyptian artists.
rock band Massar Egbari will take the stage at the Living Arts Center in
Mississauga to showcase their unique hybrid of rock, jazz, and Oriental music.
The band from Egypt is not only known for their original fusions of different
musical heritages, but they’re also famous for tackling social and cultural issues
that Egyptians face and continue to face during political instability and
challenging times. Massar Egbari, which means “Compulsory Detour,” was
recognized by UNESCO as “Artists for Intercultural Dialogue” in 2010.
and Machine Eat Man.
captivate the audience with her strong vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, and
catchy tunes. Malak is known for her ability to mix electronic pop with
orchestral music. In addition to the release of her album “Circus” in 2016,
Malak has released several music videos and performed in a variety of music
festivals, including Ottawa’s international music festivals, Megphono Festival
and Grassroots Festival.
Man, will mesmerize audience members as he presses keys, turns, knobs, and
synthesizes different beats, sounds, and melodies. Machine Eat Man, who has
been performing with analog synthesizers for a decade, describes his music as
“Egyptronica,” symbolizing the use of Egyptian percussion as a foundation for
who are set to close Cairo Nights on March 18th at Danforth’s Music
Hall in Toronto. Hailed as the rock band that provided “the soundtrack to
Egypt’s revolution,” Cairokee is known for speaking up for the people of Egypt
through their fusion of rock music with Egyptian street language. The band, who
are childhood friends, formed their name from the words “Cairo” and “Karaoke”
to connote that they are singing along with Egypt. This is reflected in their
hits, such as “Nefsy
Afagar” (“I Want To Explode”) and “El Sekka Shemal”
(“Wrong Turn”), which comment on social, cultural, and political
issues that Egyptians face on a daily basis.
Nights, check out https://www.facebook.com/TorontoCairoEntertainment/