July 1st 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM @Barbican Centre
Celebrate the songs of the modern Middle East as Cairokee and Tania Saleh bring their music to London as part of this year’s Shubbak Festival – a window on contemporary Arabic culture.
Egyptian band Cairokee and Lebanon’s Tania Saleh are two acts that capture the urgency of our time, their songs reflecting the social and political turmoil experienced not only in the Middle East, but the whole world over. Tonight the two perform back-to-back sets.
Lebanese songwriter and visual artist Tania Saleh brings worlds together, marrying traditional styles tarab, mawwal and dabke with folk, alternative rock, bossa nova and jazz to take us on an eclectic, poetic musical journey. She is followed by a performance from Egypt’s Cairokee. Taking their name from a portmanteau of the Egyptian capital and ‘karaoke’, Cairokee sing for Cairo; these are bold truths presented with infectious music, mixing rock, rap and traditional Egyptian sounds in optimistic odes to a better future.