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Nagham Masry: First ever music video and “it’s a big deal”

Finally, Nagham Masry have released their first ever music video for the song “Mesh Mohem” (Not a Big Deal or It Doesn’t Matter) from their long awaited upcoming album. We already love their live performances and recordings but we can’t wait to hear all their songs properly recorded in a studio.

lyrics (written by Mohammed Kheir):

حتى لو أخرتى تانى يا ليالى فى الأمانى عمرى ما هابطل جنانى
و مش مهم … مش مهم
حتى لو مطرتى هالعب فى المطر و لحد ما أغلب و اما اقع و اتهد و اتعب
مش مهم … مش مهم
يعنى لو حط الحمام هافتح الشباك و انام و ان عييت مليون زكام
مش مهم … مش مهم
حتى لو أخرتى تانى يا ليالى فى الأمانى عمرى ما هابطل جنانى
و مش مهم … مش مهم
اعلى ما فى خيلى غنايا و لا رأيك مش معايا و ان ما كانش فرأيك انت
مش مهم … مش مهم
حتى لو أخرتى تانى يا ليالى فى الأمانى عمرى ما هابطل جنانى
و مش مهم … مش مهم



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Cairokee: The Sound of “Rock meets Arabic”

This might not be a new and orginal idea right now, but it was definitely new a couple of years ago. While many bands in Egypt were trying to play rock music and sing in arabic, not everybody really managed to pull it off. Cairokee was one of the bands who did pull it off pretty well and gained a good amount of supporters and a fan base. They have recently gained a lot of attention and success due to their famous revolution song “Sot El Horeya” or “The Sound of Freedom” and their song featured in the new Pepsi ad. They have also recently collaborated with Zap Tharwat and Hany Adel (West El Balad) on a track by the name “Ba7lam” or “I Dream”, you can check it out here.

The band consists of Amir Eid on vocals and guitar, Sherif Hawary on lead guitar and back vocals, Tamer Hashem on drums, Ahmed Bahaa on percussios, Sherif Mostafa on keyboard and Adam El Alfy on bass guitar. Their musical style can mainly be described as soft or classic rock, with some Egyptian and arabic inlfuence every now and then. The highlight of the band would be the spoken arabic (3ammeya or slang) vocals, that do work well with their western musical style. They sing about social and political issues in the Egyptian society, from love to hate and from depression to dreams.

They have released 2 albums so far, the first one was released in 2009, the album didn’t really have a title name and was distributed as part of a Coca-Cola campaign (it also had their own cover of the famous Coca-Cola song).

If you want to check it out, the album can be downloaded from here. (link provided by Egyptian Bands Blog)

The second album, titled “Matloub Za3eem” or “A Leader Is Wanted” was released on the 30th of June by a concert at The Sawy Culture Wheel. You can watch the album teaser here.

Their new video for the song “Matloob Za3eem” can be seen here on El Gomhoreya TV (you must register to watch the video).

Here’s their first ever music video for the song “Kol El Nas“:

This is an amazing rock cover they’ve made with Ousso (Eftekasat & Nagham masry) for Sheikh Imam‘s classic “La7ma“:

This also another interesting song they’ve made that did not make it in any of their albums by the name of  “Salam Ya Man“:

And lastly, an excerpt from their first album “Habibi Ya Metala3 3einy“:

Their website is currently down (it was really cool website! We hope they bring it back to life soon!), but you can get updates about their shows from their facebook page.


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Revolution Art: Music

“Art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions.” We used this definition to describe art in Mashareeb’s agenda (and we swear that our agenda is not a foreign one!). In moments like the ones we are witnessing right now in Egypt, people are experiencing a mixture of emotions and most of them are eager to express themselves in way or another. We have seen people taking pictures, shooting videos, making songs, writing poems, creating signs and they are most definitely putting a flavor to this revolution. Times like these witness the best work of creativity from people because it’s all about self expression, dreams, hopes and emotions. As Mashareeb supports Egyptian creativity, we wanted to gather as much as we can from the creative results of the 25th of January’s revolution (made by Egyptians and non-Egyptians) and present them to you.

These posts are all dedicated to the lives of the protests’ martyrs.

We will never forget you.

May your souls rest in peace.

Revolution Music

Our first post from the revolution art posts will be dedicated to the music inspired by the revolution. Egyptian musicians have all been inspired by the current events and some of them have actually been an inspiration for the revolution. The inspiration did not stop here in Egypt, people from all over the world contributed and dedicated songs to the revolution and the Egyptian people. We tried to gather as much as we can all the songs that has been surfacing the internet talking about the revolution. If you think we missed some, please don’t hesitate to send us whatever you have.

(songs are posted in no specific order)


إحلم معايا (Dream With Me) – Hamza Namira

Sout Al Horeya صوت الحريه – Amir Eid, Hany Adel, Hawary On Guitar & Sherif On Keyboards

Translation available if you click on “cc”

the track’s final mix is available for download here:

Long live Egypt / تحيا مصر – Scarabeuz & Omima

إزاي !؟  ‎- محمد منير

25th January – Ahmed Mekki (Ft. Mohamed Mohsen)


وقت الثورجية – الثورجية

One Day the Sun Will Explode – Highly Suspect

#Jan25 – Omar Offendum, The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Sulaiman (Prod. by Sami Matar)

بحبك يا بلادي – Aziz Elshafhi & Ramy Gamal

Rise to Freedom – Natacha Atlas and Basha Beats

My Peeps (Home Version) – Hany Mustafa

قالوا مجنون اللي يفكر – Taxi Band

سواق تاكسي (censored) – Eyad

El Eyoun El Samra – Property of Nadia Shanab

تاكى و بوجى – ثورة بدون زعيم


سيتى باند – سامعين غُنانا

The Price of Freedom – Shady Ahmed

Tahrir Revolution – Jay Samel

رامي عصام – الثورة

See you tomorrow – Tahrir Square Protestors

إرحل – Tahrir Square Protestors

اضحكوا يا ثوره – Tahrir Square Protestors


Freedom (Song For Egypt) – Wyclef Jean


Hey There Mubarak (Hey There Delilah parody)

Bon Jovi – No Apologies (dedicated to the facebook rebellion that began in Egypt)

Al Thawra – Micolagist

Er7al (English Version) – The Past 10s

Immortal Egypt / Revolution Dub – Dj Zhao

Yalla Masr Dub – Dubzonic

The Bleeding Egyptian (DEMO) – Fady D (Mashareeb Artist)

HIGHER (Tribute To Egypt) – Patriarch, Ghazi, Kaotiq and Anna

Egyptian Revolution – Bongo Christ

Egyptian Revolution – DJ EBBO – ORIGINAL MIX 11-2-11

Jan25 ( Egypt Revolution ) – MADMOODSELECTOR

2om Ya Msri – Alaa Azzam

Egyptian Revolution Blues – Sandy Cash

The Uprising – Wrench.se

Egyptian Revolution Song – Shivasongetr

50-brave-women-n-a-dream-2-save-us – Silent Tristero


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Aly & Fila: Putting Egypt on The World’s Dance Map

On the night of 27th of October, the Egyptian DJ duo Aly and Fila has been ranked 20th on the DJ Mag “Top 100 Djs” poll. Competing with the likes of Armin Van Buuren, David Guetta, Tiesto, Deadmau5, Paul Van Dyk, Daft Punk, ATB and many other big names in the dance music scene.

So far, this year has been going really great for the Egyptian duo, they have also secured the 11th spot on the Trance Addict‘s “Top 250 Djs” poll and made Egypt win the “Dance Nation of the Year” award at the Ibiza Music Awards 2010.

Aly Amr Fathalah and Fadi Wassef Naguib have been making Trance music and Djing for years, they started going international when they signed for German record label Euphoric Records. With their first release with the label, “Eye of Horus”, they received huge airplay from the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and many others.

This wasn’t their first time being featured in the “Top 100 Djs” poll. They have been on the list since 2007 with the 111th spot, the 31st in 2008, and 22nd in 2009.

After their contract with Euphoric records expired, the duo started their own record label with the name of Future Sound of Egypt, which became a sub-label to Armada Music, the label co-founded by Armin Van Buuren himself (voted Number 1 Dj in the past 4 years). They have also played alongside him in A State of Trance episode 300 and episode 350.

Last summer (May 2010) they released their debut album “Rising Sun” and threw a launch party at Pacha Sharm El Sheikh (which is ranked 25th in the DJ Mag “Top 100 Clubs” 2010 poll).

If you’re interested to listen to them doing their own thing, they do host several national and international radio shows, you can find the list here. You can also have a quick listen on their MySpace page, Youtube channel or check out their releases on Beatport.

You can also follow them on their facebook page or twitter account for updates.

We know that some people might not be into this kind of music and the point is, you don’t have to be. When somebody represents your country, manages to break out of the so called “bubble we live in” and make people around the world wave the your country’s flag; they deserve support, recognition and respect.


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Hybrid Records: The Rebirth of Egyptian Music

A year ago, a very interesting song called “Yama Dagit” was aired on Egyptian music channels and the artist behind the song was called Azzam. The song had a groovy bass line and beat, very funky guitar riffs and keyboard chords and surprisingly…a rababa, a nay and upper Egyptian (se3eedy) vocals!

We were very curious about the song and the artist, so we decided to do some research and what we have discovered might be a BIG turning point in the history of Egyptian music.

This song is part of a project called Zenouba; an album that features talented, authentic and folkloric musicians from all over Egypt. This musical project, led by Ahmed Azzam, aims to reproduce and innovate these Egyptian roots into a modern sound with electronic music. And the main goal behind this project was to

…show people the truth, that it has in fact, not been lost, and though we might live in a ‘globalized’ world today, we can forever maintain and understand our roots and identity – through music. Furthermore, we can export our culture to the world with a new refined image that would help bridge the gap between the Middle Eastern and Western cultures.

And the secret behind Zenouba and Azzam, the great discovery we came across, was Hybrid Records.

Hybrid Records is an Egyptian record label based in Cairo and San Fransisco dedicated to take Egyptian music to the next level. And according to their website, they sum up the idea of the label by defining their goal as the following:

“To overcome cultural barriers through a marriage of eastern and western art, music, and film, giving back a sense of pride to the Egyptian people and excavating Egypt’s ancient treasures that have been buried for far too long”

The label also has set some objectives they would like to achieve and has put them clearly on their website:

  • Renovating and innovating Egyptian musical heritage
  • Promoting intercultural exchange
  • Educating Egyptian society about their own culture
  • Promoting Egypt’s true national image abroad
  • Developing local talents that have no chance of commercial exposure
  • Promoting the Middle Eastern culture and roots to the western audience
  • Bridging the gap between Middle Eastern and Western Cultures

The label was founded by Ahmed Azzam and Mohamed Ghorab. Two people with a great experience in music and media production and a history that speaks for itself. The label has a lot of  various musicians like Naseer Shamma, Digla and Hisham Kharma and have already released 14 albums (that you can check out and buy from here).

A label like this marks a huge step in the Egyptian music industry and can not be denied what so ever. It will definitely help export Egyptian local talents, retrieve our lost wonderful folklore and save the Egyptian music and its identity.

Hybrid Records is the rebirth of Egyptian music.

We suggest you become a member of their mailing list, follow them on Facebook and check out their Youtube Channel.

We will be covering a lot things about the label, its founders, artists and albums in upcoming posts. We will also have an interview with the man behind the Hybrid Records sound and the Zenouba project, Ahmed Azzam.

So stay tuned, this is only the beginning.


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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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