Something weird is happening. Usually, I despair at the hibernation of Cairo’s nightlife haunts during Ramadan. But two weeks in, I’ve realised that something has changed in me. I’m happy. I’m waking up feeling positive in the morning. I’ve become more sociable and have come to the realisaion that not all people are stupid poo-poo heads – I’m not even cursing anymore. What’s happening? Am I growing up? Am I becoming an adult? I can’t even remember what a DJ is anymore. What does DJ stand for? What even is house music? HELP.
MAWAWEEL 2015 @ DARB 1718
Night two of Darb 1718 and Cairo Jazz Club Agency‘s alternative Ramadan experience, Mawaweel, is set to welcome more big names from the local music scene, as popular pop-rock band, Salalem, and Nubian-inspired musician, Basheer, perform on a night that will also see the fierce ladies of Mazaher also take to the stage. This is, of course, in addition to a pop-up foodcourt, exhibitions, a bazaar and more.
SAHARA @ EAT & BARREL
Eat & Barrel has been virtually unrecognisable this Ramadan, thanks to the Nile-side Giza lounge’s tent, Ramadan Fel Harra. Last weekend saw the Sunset Boat’s rooftop venue welcome Salalem, Metkal and Al Hezb El Comedy over three nights of entertainment, and this weekend kicks off with Rai-fusion band, Sahara, who do a fantastic rendition of the greatest song ever recorded, Abdel Kader. It’s important you know that I stand wholeheartedly by that statement.
AIDA EL AYOUBI @ THE MUSIC TENT
Speaking of great songs, the woman, the myth, the legend (does that work?) that brought you the second greatest song ever recorded, 3ala Baaly, is taking to the stage at the Music Tent this weekend for a very special Ramadan concert. Expect Sufi music, a tannoura show and the voice of an angel this Friday, with the legendary Aida El Ayoubi. Is it weird that I kind-of wish that she was my mum? No, right? Well, I already have a mum, so she would have to kill her first. No, that seems like a lot of effort. ‘Cool aunt’ it is.
HAYY FESTIVAL 2015: MARYAM SALEH & ZEID HAMDAN @ THE GREEK CAMPUS
Lebanese producer/mad musical scientist, Zeid Hamdan, has a knack of attracting top female talent, looking deep into their souls and churning out good music with them. He did it most prolifically with namesake artiste, Yasmine Hamdan, as out-of-leftfield duo, Soap Kills, and he’s been doing it most recently with Egypt’s own Maryam Saleh – a recipe for weird and wonderful music. This weekend, the happy couple (they’re not married they’re just two people who seem like they’re probably happy) resume the Hayy Festival.
DINA EL WEDIDI @ CAIRO OPERA HOUSE
Theres a certain comfort that comes with Cairo Opera House – you kind-of know what you’re going to get. Which makes it all the peculiur that Dina El Wedidi is so readily invited back to the usually formal venue. This weekend, the rabble-rouser (look at that subversive, unruly, gorgeous head of hair) will be sticking it to the man in the Open-Air Theatre for a night of rock-fusion.
Seriously, though – help. For more events, check out the Cairo Gossip events calendar.