Tomorrow is the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan and there are a lot of things in store for us. The television shows that are to commence tomorrow are looking quite promising which is why this is one of the only reasons why people are excited for Ramadan.
This year, 2020 has left us shocked due to the coronavirus pandemic that has taken over the word. For safety precautions, we are to maintain social distancing which is why this Ramadan, we won’t be able to celebrate it the usual day with family gatherings or even having Iftar outside at some restaurant.
On the other hand, Inas Abdel Dayem, Egypt’s Minister of Culture, has officially announced the Ramadan Agenda with the theme of “Stay At Home, Culture is Between Your Hands.”
She has stressed on the importance of contributing to social media platforms in hopes of getting people to feel positive and productive all the way from home, regardless of what the situations are not only in our country, but on a global scale.
So to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan, a digital agenda has been catered to your needs that will be broadcasted on the official Ministry of Culture page on Youtube as well as other social media platforms. The agenda will include a series of competitions and activities that will help cultivate all ages of the Egyptian culture. There will also be activities and prizes for children of younger age.
Another main reason behind this initiative is to preserve the Egyptian identity be stressing on the importance of creativity in the process of building human beings. For those who are hoping to get into their spiritual status, you will be capable of benefiting from spiritual evenings of Ramadan.
Supreme Council of Culture
A series of one on one meetings with intellectuals from all over the arab world will be filling you in on all you need to know regarding knowledge and culture. What’s interesting about this program in specific is that this will fall uder the program called “Read with Us” and will also be featuring important intellectuals from Egypt of course as well as alestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and lastly Jordan.
Egyptian National Library and Archives
We are quite sure that there are several people who enjoy reading about historical moments throughout history in hopes of cultivating themselves. Which is why, for that specific purpose, the Egyptian National Library and Archives have prepared a program that will show you the historical documents from the procedures going on through the Holy month of Ramadan.
Also, they have prepared both cultural and religious competitions for the younger generations such as from the age of 9 to 12 that falls under the title “A Question Everyday”. This is in collaboration with the Children’s Literature Research Center which is why it will be properly constructed. The competition will commence from the first of Ramadan until the 27th whereas, on a daily basis, a question will be published on the account of the center on Facebook.
General Egyptian Book Organization
We know there are many people out there who are killing their time reading books because they are huge founds of wandering off in their minds and learning more about several topics. Which is why, Haitham al-Hag, the head of the General Egyptian Book Organization is providing you with books that you have to read.
The program will include rare and intricate seminars regarding art, literature pioneers, and though in general. They will also bring hosts that were involved with Cairo’s international Book Fair. If you’re interested, head to the Egyptian Ministry Culture’s website.
Egyptian Opera House
The magnificent Opera House has graced us with numerous spiritual evenings that will include Sufism plays, Arab Music Ensembles, and the Cairo Opera Orchestra. The head of the Opera House, Magdy Saber, claims that it will be a wonderful journey for all. The best is that a number of Opera Stars will be joining this interesting program,!
The National Center for Theater, Music and Folklore
Music, Theater, and Folklore are one of the main branches of art as a whole. Which is why, the National Center for Theater, Music, and Folklore are releasing a series of episodes under the title “Helwa Beladi” in hopes of addressing as well as highlighting a group of folk art pioneers.
The Egyptian Film Center
Through the entire quarantine, we’ve all been stuck to screens trying to watch and keep up with movies. With that said, Egypt’s Film Center will be providing yet again rare documents about the historical events as well as Egypt’s infamous icons that has formed the modern history that is today.
EL KING MOHAMED MOUNIR EL EKHTEYAR 2
A ripple coursed through the hearts of Egyptians as we all watched Al Ekhteyar 2 while the emotionally moving ‘Dhalin’ by the King Mohamed Mounir played. A piece mourning the brave ‘Oasis martyrs’ who lost their lives in service to their homeland. Captivating the emotions of millions across the country, capturing their feelings of regret and sorrow and transforming it into a song manifesting the pride and resilience of a nation.
Mounir drew upon the talents of those he knew would be necessary to bring justice to the piece’s subject matter. The captivating song that brought the king to tears during the recording, is a product of favorite poet Nasr El Din Nagy, the artist behind the moving lyrics and was composed and arranged by the remarkable Ahmed Farhat.
Delivering a piece that the King intended to remind us of the strength and spirit Egyptians present in the face of adversity. Exemplified by the Egyptian army’s heroism in the fight against terrorism. Mounir’s words echo the chant within the hearts of all our countrymen, “Glory to the martyrs and long live Egypt.”.
AL AASELA ABDELRAHMAN ROSHDY
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
Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’
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.
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.
“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.
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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