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Cairo Opera House to Host Sudanese ‘Bait Al Oud’ Orchestra

Wed 29 Jun 2022 | 04:23 PM
Ali Abu Dashish

Under the title “the Melody and the Professor”, for the first time in Egypt, Cairo Opera House, headed by Magdy Saber, will host Bait Al Oud Orchestra in Khartoum.

The orchestra will be under the supervision of international musician Naseer Shamma in cooperation with the Dal Cultural Foundation.

That will be through two concerts in Cairo and Alexandria. Khaled Dagher, the head of the Technical House of Muse, Opera, and ballet, will hold the two concerts at eight in the evening, on July 1, in an open theatre, and on Sunday evening, July 3, at the Sayed Darwish Theatre of Alexandria Opera.

The orchestra, led by the oud player, artist Ahmed Shamma, presents a bouquet of African compositions presented by the great musicians of the African continent, including “Ahab Makan” by Bori Muhammad Dafa Allah, “Azza fi Hawak” by Khalil Farah, “Nahr Al-Jour” by Bashir Abbas, and some heritage works from Western Sudan, along with a Hungarian dance by German musician Johannes Brahms.

It is noteworthy that Bait Al Oud in Khartoum was established in January 2020 in the Sudanese capital, under the full sponsorship of the Dal Cultural Foundation, so that Sudan joins the list of Arab capitals that embrace this great art project, led by Naseer Shamma.

The Sudanese orchestra aims to train Sudanese musicians, develop their abilities, present them to international theatres, and produce special musical compositions that enrich artistic thought and promote African music.

After the tangible success achieved by Bait Al Oud Orchestra in Khartoum in a short time, it aspires to be a center of culture and music in Africa, due to its additional approach that is based on the pentatonic scale that distinguishes Sudanese music.

It was later included in the approaches of other oud houses in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Baghdad, and Alexandria.

Contributed by Israa Farhan