Saturday 4 July 2020
Cutting-edge combination of traditional Egyptian song with experimental takes on performance and instrumentation

Nadah el Shazly is part of a burgeoning underground music scene in Cairo, Egypt that has been rightly garnering more and more interest of late.

Having started out in music in a Cairo punk band singing Misfits covers, El Shazly gradually moved into homemade electronic music before alighting on the mystical hybrid between rock, avant-garde music and electronica.

In 2017, she released her debut album Ahwar (translates to ‘marshlands’), which is an otherworldly record meant to immerse yourself and get lost in. El Shazly made it together with The Dwarfs of East Agouza’s Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi. The album was crafted across two continents, between Canada and Egypt, and features the crème of Montreal’s contemporary-classical and improvised music scene, most of whom are members of Shalabi’s own Land of Kush ensemble who also plays at Roskilde Festival 2020 (read more).

Nadah El Shazly started out as a solo live artist but she has recently formed a full band to accompany her when she plays Roskilde Festival. Click play on the live video below and you’ll get a sense of the wonderful and groovy dynamics they bring about.

El Shazly joins together past and present and positions herself at the forefront of the new North African music scene. Her sounds will haunt your dreams (in a very good way). Don’t miss her show at Roskilde Festival 2020.