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  • Five Awesome Gigs to Go to in Cairo This Weekend

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    Even with the rise and rise of electronic music in Cairo, there’s something to be said for a good ol’ night of live music. The hiss of the microphone, the sound test and the simple fact of witnessing musicians do their proverbial ‘thing’ live is all part of the experience.

    While the Cairo Gossip events calendar is usually dominated by music of the electronic kind, this weekend there are some mighty fine-looking concerts to sink your teeth into.

    YEHYA KHALIL & THE EGYPTIAN JAZZ FUSION BAND @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
    (Thursday)
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    The lean, mean drumming machine that is Yehya Khalil is usually seen at Cairo Opera House and other similarly haughty venues, but this weekend Cairo Jazz Club has the pleasure of kicking off a busy weekend with a true legend of contemporary music in Egypt.

    HISHAM KHARMA @ THE MARQUEE
    (Friday)
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    After some time off the grid, New Cairo concert hall, The Marquee is back and the man to take to the stage for the first time in months is none other than out-of-left-field electronic music practitioner, Hisham Kharma, whose gigs are few and far between.

    THE CADILLACS @ THE TAP MAADI
    (Friday)
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    While on paper, this might seem like just another night at The Tap Maadi, it’s been included on this list because, well, The Cadillacs are pretty freakin’ awesome – George Aboutar in particular. If there’s a better front-man in Cairo, we’ve yet to see him.

    NORTH AFRICAN FUSION WITH FATHY SALAMA  @ CAIRO OPERA HOUSE
    (Saturday)
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    Another giant of contemporary Egyptian music, Fathy Salama, is set to perform this weekend at Cairo Opera House. The Grammy and BBC Music aeard-winning musician is doing things a little differently thought, with musicians from the region joining him for a night of North African fusion.

    SOROUR, HAWAS & KHAYAL @ CAIRO JAZZ CLUB(Saturday)
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    The excitement factor begins to dip by Saturday at most venues, but not the folk at CJC, who’ll be winding down the weekend with three top local bands in the form of Sorour, Hawas and Khayal – three very different bands.

    For more concerts, as well as parties and other events, check out the Cairo Gossip events calendar.
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    By Kalam El Qahaira

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