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Cairo 360: Your Guide To The Victorious City

Hopefully, this is going to be the end to our almost daily whining of not finding a new and fun place to go to in Cairo.

Cairo 360 is a multi-award winning online magazine dedicated to guiding people in the capital.

According to Cairo 360, they aim to be “the first provider of a content-rich, credible online guide to this fantastic city, where the possibilities for fun and entertainment are endless.”

They have a list of cafés, restaurants, lounges and bars with reviews and ratings that can help you decide where to go and where not to go.

They also have a section dedicated to art and culture where you can find out about events, galleries and concerts going on in the city as well as ideas for travelling on weekends to get away from it.

It does not stop here, they also have a guide for shopping, fitness and health, books and movies too!

We are pretty sure a lot of people, while surfing the site, will say things like “We have events like these in Egypt!?” and “We have places that look like this in Cairo!?”

That’s why this website is a great example of showing Egyptians that there are things happening around them. Don’t be lazy, go discover your city, participate in what’s going on, get inspired and then start creating something by your own hands.

We suggest you follow Cairo 360 on Twitter, join their group on facebook and sign up for their newsletter.

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Eftekasat: A Great Musical “Eftekasa”

Pretty much the most famous band in Egypt (after West El Balad) but probably the most talented one.

I can’t imagine someone living in Egypt not knowing about Eftekasat, this band can not be missed.

Eftekasat is an Oriental Jazz Fusion band from Cairo. They started up around 2002 and released their first album Mouled Sidi El Latini (The Latin Dervish) around 2006 and their second one Dandasha was out early 2010.

What makes Eftekasat very special is the different musical influences the band members bring in. Their music blends oriental instruments and scales with some jazz and funk beats and keyboard chords accompanied by, what would be their “cherry on the cake”, electric guitar riffs and solos. Their sound is very original and unique, you can easily tell it’s them by listening to just 5 seconds of a song. It has a warm familiar Egyptian feel (the nay, the violin and the accordion) and a funky and groovy kick to it.

Recently, the band had some changes in their line-up, which can be a little tiny bit noticeable on their second album, but the Eftekasat spirit can still be felt and their distinct sound can still be heard.

They are mainly an instrumental band, which is why some people find it hard to listen to them, and that’s an issue with our beloved people that we need to work on. The concept of instrumental music really needs to be more introduced, appreciated and understood in our society (even though a lot of people do listen to Omar Khayrat!).

This is probably Egypt’s finest musical product in years, and the band most definitely deserves a listen.

This won’t be the last time you hear about them on Mashareeb, we will talking more about them in the future posts and we will soon be posting reviews for both of their albums.

Until then, you can go check their albums out at Virgin Megastore (City Stars) or you can find your way to get their stuff online.

or you can go take a listen at their MySpace Page right here

and follow them on their Facebook Page right here

(note: Mouled Sidi El Latini can be heard on their Facebook page)

and if you get the chance to see them play live, do not miss it!

Also, if you need to know more about the band you can go read about them on Wikipedia (yes, they are that famous)



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