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Wire Playlist: Nadah El Shazly

February 2018

Cairo based songwriter compiles a selection of contemporary Egyptian music

Vocalist and composer Nadah El Shazly released her first solo album Ahwar in 2017. In The Wire 408, she contributed to the regular Epiphany column, explaining how she fell in love with Arabic music from the 1890s to the 1920s, its futuristic sound, and how this has influenced her own compositions and melodies.

This playlist compiled by El Shazly features more future-sounding music but from the present. All tracks are by artists currently living and performing in her home city.

“A collection of newly released tracks from Cairo”, states El Shazly. “Some have been released only days ago, others just last year, and some are yet to be released. These tracks are post everything where electronic structures and sounds melt into its very core. You don’t care about where they fit, because they strongly move you beyond a desire to understand. What I love about these tracks is that they are fermented yet solid, instantly taking you somewhere else. Constructed beautifully out of deconstructed material. Enjoy.”

Subscribers can read the full Epiphany by Nadah El Shazly via The Wire's online archive

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