music as the pulse of Egyptian times

I’ve written earlier about Egypt and the arts. Sadly, its role as the cultural center of the region is history, the avantgarde has moved elsewhere (I am told). Decades of joyless and imagination empty autocracy fed the take over of its alleyways by religious conservatism whispering that Islam is the answer. But decades are peanuts in the sea of time, of which Egypt has more than most, it’s a big place, it still has a huge arts scene and stuff is happening. I can recommend a recent article on Young Female Egyptian Musicians Breaking Barriers.

But it makes me sad is that the most controversial girl of the lot, Bosaina,  swore that she would never perform in Egypt again after a year of “disaster” shows where she performed with the electronic DJ duo Hussein El Sherbini and Ismail Hosny in the band Wetrobots. Bosaina’s soft-porn style onstage and the new sound of the electronic trio were just too bizarre and provocative for many in the audience. In two concerts in Cairo in December, Bosaina was cursed at and chanted off stage. “I have a fighting spirit, but in the end they really broke me. It was too much,”. She’s moved to New York, claims she’s coming back, who knows, she might, but it’s a sign of the times.


About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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