While the likes of Akon, Enrique Iglesias and Kylie Minogue number among the acts to have performed in the land of the Pharaohs in the past, few real bands (excuse the pretentiousness) come to this part of world. Granted, there’s a certain level of excitement that comes with these kinds of international mainstream acts, but it’s all about the spectacle and not the music (excuse the pretentiousness again – we don’t mean too, it just kind-of happens).
This is not always the case, though; underground bands like the Black Lips have performed in Cairo before – under their own free-will, would you believe – and Darbaka Musical Experiments is hoping that, with American band, Burn the Ballroom, set to take on a mini-tour of sorts in Egypt’s capital, there’s more of the same to come.
While it’s unlikely that you’ll ever here a band like Burn the Ballroom on Nile FM, the five-man American rock piece will certainly provide a welcome relief from the generics of Cairo’s live music circuit; house and Oriental-Fusion – whatever that is.
Set to kick off their mini-tour at Teatro El Maadi on Sunday 25th of October, with the Shady Ahmed Band also on the line-up, the Virginia natives are also set to follow Shady Ahmed and co to Cairo Jazz Club on Tuesday 27th, before finishing at the Music Tent on Friday 30th on a night that will also see two of Egypt’s biggest bands, Cairokee and Massar Egbari, take to the stage.
Shady Ahmed poses with Burn the Ballroom (Darbaka/Facebook)
Fusing rock and power-pop, BTB come to Cairo on the back of performances in Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, with the group having also jammed with Massar Egabri and Telepoetic in Alexandria.
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By Kalam El Qahaira