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Jazz Around the World 2 – 21 April – Egypt

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Welcome to Egypt. Today we will take a step back into the past, then come back and see what’s happening on Egypt’s Jazz scene right now.

First up, we have drummer Salah Ragab. The start of Egyptian Jazz is credited to him. In 1968, Ragab created one of Egypt’s first big bands called the Cairo Jazz Band, which will join him on this set. Sadly, Ragab passed away in 2008 at the age of 72, but thanks to the Internet, we can still hear his music.

From the early days of Jazz in Egypt, let’s hear from Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band:


Calling You










Kahn el Kahleeli












Egypt Strut

This next group brings us back to today. Up next is keyboardist/arranger Akram El Sharkawy. El Sharkawy has been a fixture on Egyptian music since the nineties. He can be found at local and international festivals. In addition to his Jazz concerts, he frequently accompanies Arabic singers and orchestras.

Let’s welcome to the stage, Akram El Sharkawy:










Samba Latino







To close out or concert, we will check in with Eftekasat. Started by keyboardist/accordionist Amro Salah, Eftekasat began as a band in late 2001. Rapidly gaining popularity and positive reviews, Eftekasat debuted at the Cairo Jazz Club in 2002. Then, in 2004, they landed on the international stage at the Bansko Jazz festival in Bulgaria. They have since played to appreciative audiences from the U.S to Japan, to India, and across Europe. As such, they are one of the very few Egyptian groups to gain such worldwide acclaim.

It is indeed a pleasure to introduce to you, Eftekasat. They’ll be playing an extended set for us today:


Featuring Naseer Shamma – “La Belle Algérie”










Live at the Nisville Jazz festival in Serbia – “Titre”






Saba Rakeb








Live at El Sawy Culture Wheel – “Jazzmina”






Live at El Sawy Culture Wheel – “Deep South Blues”







EgyptThank you for joining us here in Egypt. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport for our flight. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Uganda.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.