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7 Egyptian Films To Watch When You’re In The Mood For “Saff”

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Every now and then, you find yourself sitting with your broke best friends, with absolutely no plans in mind and no cash to come up with one. You feel bored, you get frustrated and then you all start getting mad at each other. Well, just so you’d stop feeling so bad, I made a list of wildly entertaining Egyptian films that you can all watch together and be happy. All you literally need is Youtube and I promise it’ll be a great saff night that you won’t forget. So, yep! Blaze that one up and hit your nearest Drinkies because it’s gonna be a wild night!

       1. El Academia (2009):

A marvelous piece about a bunch of 40 year olds’ college experience. Brilliant performances that will most definitely blow you away. Lots of intriguing wardrobe choices. Weird ass social issues. Brilliant drama. Out of the world cinematography. Enticing script. Everything about El Academia will make you wish you’d gone to film school when you had the chance.

But seriously though, you will have a good laugh. Guaranteed.

And watch out for that certain Ola Ghanem scene because you will be rolling on the floor laughing, I swear! You’ll know it when it happens.

         2. Aysheen El Lahza (2010):

Now this is a picture I’ve watched more than three times and still have no fucking clue what it’s about. Remember “Essaf” though? The singer dude from “Star Maker Sama3na Sotak!”? He stars in this one and let me tell you, he is one hell of an actor. He’s the Jon Snow of Egyptian cinema, minus the talent for acting. But anyway, some producer at some point in life thought it was a good idea to make a film with him as the lead.

So, sit back and let your brain take in all the brilliance of Aysheen El Lahza.

3. Ahasees (2010):

Look me in the eye and tell me you didn’t watch this one as a teenager with raging hormones! Ahasees is the ultimate (not so ultimate) guide to sexual awakening. A big cast, film masroof 3aleih (check the screenshot above), haga tefarah…bas na2so Ola Ghanem to be honest, Oh wait! There she is! Tab Randa El Beheriy? Damn! She’s in it, too!

If you haven’t given that one a try in your teenage years, then, it’s definitely about time that you do!

4. EUC (2011):

Here, we have a “delightful” Egyptian replica of the American film Accepted (2006), starring actor Justin Long. The film stars Malak Qoura…and Karim Qassem…The film is about three dudes who decide to open a fake university together with no prior requirements for entry. Would’ve been an original idea if only the whole story wasn’t stolen… from another film. But, if there’s one cool thing about EUC, it’s the fact ennu hayhassen hasset el saff 3andak gamed.

Highly enjoyable 3 beers in.

5. Reklam (2012):

Aiwa fe3lan, this poster rings a bell because it’s stolen from the film Bridesmaids (2011). Reklam is a heartbreaking picture about the hardships that women of a certain social class have to endure. Madame Ghada shines in this one as she plays the role of a prostitute, and so does actress Rania Youssef. The film caused some controversy when it first came out back in 2012 because it was said that a lot of scenes essentially had to be deleted in order for it to be shown in local cinemas.

Thing is, you’d think that since Reklam deals with such a heavy issue, it’s not supposed to make you laugh. But then you see Ghada AbdelRazek on the screen over-performing and over-acting and you can’t keep your hands off your mouth.

6. 3al2et Mot (2009):

Mesh hassah enni mehtaga a2oul haga, GO WATCH IT NOW!

7. Elaqat Khasa (2006):

Now, last but not least! My absolute favorite! The masterpiece of all masterpieces! The cult classic! The marvelous: Elaqat Khasa! I just love me some Elaqat Khasa after a long day of work. This one is about three

lost dudes who get into relationships with “bad” women, shshshsh! The film follows the stories of these 3 hunks who keep fucking shit up over and over again. This film is so amusing, a lot of times the characters movements are exactly in sync. Look below:

I just truly admire the directing of this whole thing. It’s hilarious. Feeh shots that’ll make you die laughing!

Bonus: There’s a Amr Waked cameo and another Hanan Turk cameo in the film. Don’t ask.

A few honorable mentions:

El Harebataan (2013):

Share3 18 (2008):

El Balad Di Feeha Hokooma (2008):


    Now go watch them ALL!

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AL AASELA ABDELRAHMAN ROSHDY

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Step in. We invite you to uncover the truth and discover the answers with the guidance of enchanter Abdelrahman Roshdy. Riding on the spiritual winds, Roshdy brings a fresh new energy to the music scene as we know it. His debut album ‘El Aasela’, having been in the works for the past two and a half years, poses several fundamental questions we all ask ourselves with the album title song, ‘El Aasela’ proceeds to address every question posed in it with each following song in the album. Abdelrahman’s inclination to experiment with different musical and lyrical styles had him refining its direction and adding the soul to the music. There was a high level of planning required to assemble the different elements of the album, considering this was going to be a visual album. Desiring to deliver a message with this album that will truly leave an impact on the listener, he worked closely with lyricist Nour Abdallah to ensure that every song once complete would pluck at the listener’s heartstrings. Creating tracks that addressed concepts such as love, society, faith and existence with questions that we could all relate to having asked regardless of race, gender or class.

His passion for music and for sending his powerful messages out there had him composing most of the album which has become another addition to his experience in music composition, having previously composed the GFF 2020 official anthem ‘Dokki Ya Mazzika’ featuring superstar Ramy Ayach. He saw the chance for ‘El Aasela’ to be refined with the diligent approach and technical expertise that would come from collaborating with Moataz Mady who found a harmony in working on and producing the album with Roshdy, adopting a style and approach to creating music that carries a cinematic or emotional tone to it. Mady found the opportunity to flex his musical talents and draw upon his previous experience with several artists in the past, creating an experience that immerses the listener, an effect Mady has been waiting to find the opportunity to implement.

Taking a unique path to break away from the norm, Abdelrahman sees this album as a jumping off point having featured three key artists on three of the album tracks. ‘Fesam’ featuring Cairokee’s front man Amir Eid composed by Sherif Mustafa and Abdelrahman Roshdy. ‘Neshky Le Meen’ featuring Ahmed Kamel,  written and composed by multi-talented artist Khaled Essam, and finally ‘El Rezk’ featuring shaabi superstar Mahmoud El Lithy while star producer Mohamed Sakr added his magical touch mixing and mastering the entire album. This grand collaborative effort helped cement a new step for Roshdy, where he seized an opportunity to expand his range through experimenting with other genres and artists as he hopes to discover his range in different musical styles and genres. ‘El Aasela’ stands out as a new and unique direction in the Egyptian music scene that diverges from the superficiality of the everyday to the more timeless and profound.

The creativity and direction brought on by Cocaina studios, who shot and directed all 10 music videos, complemented by Carousel, Roshdy’s Management and Publicity team, helped cement the final key component of the album and journey. The sharp photography of Black Creative Studios, which accentuated the eye-catching costume design done by celebrity Stylist and Director Gehad Abdalla, with it being perfected by the album artworks created by Visual Artist and Director Adam Abdelghaffar, with all divergent elements brought together under the supervision and calculated hand of Carousel’s founder Daliah Galal. The combination of the audio, lyrical and visual elements came together to form a unique and profound experience. And in the words of the album producers, Gamma Music and MS Productions, who were excited to produce ‘El Aasela’ album for Roshy. “We appreciate what Abdelrahman Roshdy brings to the table and what his powerful voice can achieve and we want to open the avenues available to support new talents in the Egypt and the greater Arab market.

Ultimately aiming to create a shift towards a path that stands to reshape the minds of listeners and foster a depth and authenticity that touches the soul. Abdelrahman Roshdy is striving to lead a new wave that will revitalize the hearts of his listeners and free them from the ordinary, the superficial and the trivial. His relentless pursuit holds great promise, with his passionate and thought out approach to his music and the message it carries present the Egyptian music scene with a talented artist who is poised to expand its horizons down to the core.

El Aasela | @abdelrahmanroshdy and @moatazmady_

Album Production | @_gammamusic @msproductionme

Management and Publicity | @thecarouselworld @daliahgalal

Management team | @nohasultan95 @gihanauf

Shoot Production | @thecarouselworld

Executive Producer | @daliahgalal

Photography | @blackcreativestudios

Fashion Director | @gehadabdalla

Album Artworks | @adamaghaffar

 

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Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’

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Lebanese indie-pop favorites, Adonis , complete the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘A’da’ (Enemies), with part three out now across all streaming platforms.

Part one and two of the release saw the group trending across Lebanon with live stream performances of their new work to delighted fans.

The final segment of the album, introduces  “Tabi’yi” , a fast-paced pop-rock anthem with hard-hitting drums and catchy guitar riffs, while “Jeet Kermalak”, a delicate ballad,  showcases a traditional middle eastern instrument, the Qanun, beautifully orchestrated alongside the smooth, soothing vocals of guest singer-songwriter, Dana Hourani.

“A’da” is described by the band as a love story between two young, impressionable characters, that unravels through the album tackling themes of nostalgia and lost futures, in an elusive, sometimes cruel, present.

Speaking about the album, lead singer-songwriter Anthony Khoury shared “each part of A’da not only explores a specific time in the characters relationship – how they grew together or apart – but also represents significant times that deeply influenced our songwriting and development over the years.

 

We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so we’re really excited to share an album we feel demonstrates who we are today, and explores the experiences that have shaped us as a band in Beirut.”

Artwork stills  from ‘Mouharrami”  and Moukhtalef lyric videos. Illustration  by Anthony Khoury, animation by Kook.

 

Released at the end of January, “Mouharrami” was a tone-setter for a new musical direction taken by the four musicians, with heavy 80s and 90s dance music influences weaving their way through the lively opening track.

Title track “A’da”, meanwhile, was accompanied by an intricately illustrated music video, which follows the band members as four retro video game characters, navigating through a dystopian Beirut in search of their stolen hearts.

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The video was directed and illustrated by Omar Khouri, with art direction by the band’s long-time collaborator Nadim Hobeika.

Filled with downbeats of raging bass drums, shimmering guitar lines and sweeping synthesizers, this three-part album is complimented by the band’s signature Arabic lyrics, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant,  and always  a point of reference for their expanding fan base across the region.

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“A’da” was produced by Sleiman Damien, between the months of August and November 2020, in an improvised studio in the seaside town of Batroun, where the band relocated just days after the August 4 Beirut Port explosion. “Tabi’yi” showcases a live performance music video shot in the same traditionally Lebanese setting.

 

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During release weekend, Anthony Khoury, Adonis’ lead singer, also performed an exclusive stripped down set featuring vocals and piano as part of Embrace Lebanon’s initiative “Music for Mental Health”,  where he showcased Tabi’yi as a message of hope for those struggling through unprecedented times.

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The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually

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According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.

The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.

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