Forget Arab Idol, forget Arabs Got Talent; the hottest singing competition of the year is taking place right here in Cairo courtesy of the House of Arab Music and the Om Kolthoum Museum. Well, maybe it’s not the hottest, but it’s certainly something new for Cairo’s increasingly deep pool of musicians and singers.
Open to Egyptian nationals between the ages of 18 and 38, Al Sawt Al Dahaby (Golden Voice) will award the winner a 10,000LE prize, with second and third place boasting 7,000LE and 5,000LE prizes respectively. Meanwhile, fourth and fifth place will win six-month scholarships – not bad.
Focusing on Arabic music, the competition’s judging panel includes musical luminaries such as Hany Shenouda, Amir Abdelmeguid, Taheya Shams El Din and Nadia Mostafa, who will join House of Arabic Music director, Mohsen Farouk, among others.
The competition continues the House of Arabic Music's continued efforts to tap into, educate and support the local music scene while championing and preserving the country's musical heritage. Located in Al Muez, Old Cairo inside the Al-Amir Bashtak Palace, the venue hosts gigs, performances, classes and workshops.
Entries must be submitted to the Cultural Development Fund office at Cairo Opera House before August 31st. For more information, call 02-2735-7001 or 02-2735-4234.