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ZULI wins CTM radio lab prize

The Cairo electronic music producer and sound artist has won a commission to produce a work based on the concept of turmoil

CTM festival has announced that Ahmed El Ghazoly aka ZULI is the winner of its 2018 Radio Lab commission. Awarded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and CTM Festival, and in collaboration with ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst and Ö1 Kunstradio, the festival had made a call for submissions for radio and performance or installation works based on the 2018 festival's theme of Turmoil.

An electronic music producer and sound artist from Cairo, El Ghazoly is also co-founder of Kairo Is Koming (KIK) collective, who are responsible for Cairo’s first alternative music venue VENT. His proposal is for a work that will document the political climate in Cairo through a series of conversations held with locals over the past years incorporated with his own music productions and video footage. As El Ghazoly explained, the city has “a feeling of a volcano on the verge of erupting but never actually does”. At CTM 2018 the piece will be exhibited as an installation with 360 degree video footage shot on locations where its interviews and sound collages were sourced. There will also be a website documenting the project, which will be realised as a radio piece in the month following the festival.