‘Sounds like Thurston Moore collaborating with a microwave to make black metal’
Behind Tarkamt you will find guitarist and producer Cherif El Masri. El Masri is not only a part of Nadah El Shazly’s live band but also seats in The Invisible Hands, with kindred spirit and Sublime Frequencies founder Alan Bischop. He debuted with ‘Live at the Necropolis’ through Scene Noise – a blog focusing on innovative music from the Middle East. That album was described as ‘it sounds like Thurston Moore collaborating with a microwave to make black metal’. The Quietus in turn: ‘It’s a trippy journey through noise, jazz, beats, no wave, industrial and psychedelica. Not quite like anything you’ve heard before.’
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.