‘An Egyptian voice that will haunt your dreams for days.’ (The Quietus)
The most beautiful quote we read about Nadah El Shazly is still that of her label Nawa Recordings (see too: The Dwarfs Of East Agouza, Maurice Louca …): ‘Imagine the worlds of Nico, Björk and Annette Peacock with the Arabic language as their mother tongue, re-approached through acoustic avant-jazz harmony.’ Nadah El Shazly already impressed at the previous edition of BRDCST and her visit to Best Kept Secret didn’t go unnoticed. De Morgen: ‘Ze bracht het publiek in vervoering met haar experimentele klanktapijten.’ Now for the first time with a full live band at BRDCST.
Cairo’s New Wave curated by Nadah El Shazly
The release of ‘Ahwar‘ – the 2017 debut by Egyptian singer/producer/composer Nadah El Shazly – not only delivered a brilliant album, but actually brought to light an extremely exciting music scene. Leading monthly mag The Wire even dedicated a cover piece to it, with as title: Cairo’s New Wave. However, it was her own contemporary mixtape, created for that same mag, that hit us with that outright musical uppercut. It contained an unexpected but superb mix of modern Arabian music, jazz, noise, hip-hop, psychedelica and experimental electro.
It led to us asking Nadah El Shazly to come translate her mixtape live on stage at BRDCST. The result: a deep dive into the musical avant-garde of the Cairo underground.