Arab Music Institute
22 Ramsis St, Tel 02 2574 3373
Sun 10, 9.30pm: The Arab Music Heritage Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Al-Muaaz St, Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Gamalya District, Tel 02 2787 8865
Every Sunday, 7pm: The Nile Troupe for Folk Instruments, conducted by Abdel-Rahman Al-Shafaai, performs dances and songs from Upper Egypt on mizmar, tabla and other traditional musical instruments.
Every Friday, 7pm: “Al-Aragouz wa Khayal Al-Zel” (The Shadow Puppet), a free public performance by clowns in Al-Muaaz Street, presented by Wamda and directed by Nabil Bahgat.
Cairo Opera House
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Tel 02 2737 0602/2736 0361, box office 02 2739 0132/0144
Thurs 7, 9.30pm: The Abdel-Halim Noweira Arab Music Ensemble.
Sat 9, 9.30pm: The Cairo Symphony Orchestra.
Wed 13, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening features artist Tarek Al-Araby Tarkan and his sons.
Thurs 7, 9.30pm: A concert by the psalmist Marco Mamdouh.
Tues 12, 9.30pm: A Ramadan evening enlivened with Brass Sound band. The second part of the concert presents Al-Hadra troupe for Sufi chanting.
Thurs 14, 9.30pm: Percussionist Nesma Abdel-Aziz and her band.
12 Al-Gumhouriya St, Abdin, Tel 02 2390 7707
Fri 8, 9.30pm: The National Arab Music Ensemble in a repertoire of classical Arab songs.
Thurs 14, 9.30pm: Al-Enshad Al-Dini troupe performs religious chants.
Mohamed Abdou St, off Al-Muaaz St and Al-Azhar St, Tel 02 2514 7475
Al-Tanoura whirling dervishes perform to live Sufi music
(Performances every Sat and Wed, 7pm).
1 Saad Zaghloul St, Al-Mounira, Cairo, Tel 2792 0878
Every Tuesday, 9-10pm: Mawawil features vocalists Hend and Sara in a repertoire of traditional music of the Nile Delta, Al Jaafra music played by Arab Tribes from Aswan and Nass Makan band.
Every Wednesday, 9-10pm: Zar music and songs by Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah.
203 Teraat Al Gabal, Al Zaytoun Al Qebleyah, Hada'iq Al Qubbah, Cairo Governorate
Thurs 7 to Tues 12, 9.30pm: After the end of the monarchy, and until the present time, Al-Qubbah Palace has not witnessed a major event like “The Palace tent in Ramadan 2022”. The Palace tent in Ramadan 2022 is a tent like no other! The tent is held in one of the famous royal palaces, which was built during the reign of Khedive Ismail, with unique royal architectural. You can have your iftar or sohour in a wonderful atmosphere that includes music and art.
Rawabet Art Space
3 Hussien El Meaamar St. ext. of Mahmoud Basiouny St, from Talaat Harb Square, Downtown
Fri 8, 9.30pm: Nancy Mounir’s Nozhet El Nofous is a transcendent audiovisual exploration of musical freedom through the lens of century-old archival recordings. The concert features Youssra El-Hawary (accordion), Nadia Safwat (trumpet), Ahmed Amin (double bass), Mounir Maher (piano), Felipe Simonsen (trombone) and Nancy Mounir (violin & theremin) featuring Mounira El Mahdeya, Hayat Sabry, Fatma Serry, Saleh Abdel Hay, and Abdel Latif El Banna.
Room Art Space & Café
10 Etihad Al Mohamin, Garden City, Tel 01000 068 159
Fri 8, 9.30pm: Beyond Creation concert presents a bunch of chill music
fusions with different electronic instruments and few guests to spice up the set differently with each of them.
Sat 9, 9pm: Live the Ramadan vibes with Takht El Sellem band in its first live performance at Room Art Space. Enjoy their original tracks and fusion mashups in a very unique #TakhtElSellem Ramadanian style!
Thurs 14, 9pm: Tarek Raouf ensemble presents jazz standards and original compositions by Egyptian Trumpet player and composer Tarek Raouf.
The Spot mall, infront of AUC Gate 4, New Cairo
Sat 9, 9pm: The Comedy Bunch presents the 10th Make'em Laugh: Ramadan Edition.
Mon 11, 9pm: Mashro3 rooh.
Tues 12, 9pm: Kayan band, founded by Azmy, perform English and oriental music. The band members are Azmy (violinist), Hamdoon (percussion), Elagar (tabla), Hadder Elgamal (Drums), Ghadeer Elgamal (Keyboardist), Emad (bass guitar), and pianist Mary Aziz.
End of 26th of July St, under the 15th of May Bridge, Zamalek, Tel 02 2736 8881/6178/2737 4448
(No entry without a mask and the hall will be open at only 25 percent audience capacity)
Thurs 7, 9pm: Religious chanting by Abo Shaar Brothers band from Syria.
Fri 8 and Sat 9, 9pm: Stand-up comedy show by Ali Qandil.
Sun 10, 9pm: Cairo Tunes band revives the old classical songs and also new ones with their talented voices.
Mon 11, 9pm: Waslet Samaa band for religious chanting.
Tues 12, 9pm: A journey of Sufism in the love of God by Mawlana band.
Wed 13, 9pm: Cairo Mix Music concert.
Thurs 14, 9pm: A concert features singer Hamo Ismail.
Tahrir Cultural Centre (TCC)
AUC’s Tahrir Campus, Al-Sheikh Rihan St, off Tahrir Square, Tel 02 2615 2694/01280009077
Ewart Memorial Hall and Main Garden
Sat 9, 9-11pm: The wonderful musicians of Makan namely Mazaher ensemble featuring Umm Sameh, Umm Hassan and Nour Al-Sabah will perform Zar music and songs that they have been recreating for local and global audiences for years. On this night, they will fill the garden with spiritual chants and much more. A screening of the short film Mazaher Tales about the troupe’s history will also be taking place in parallel in Ewart Memorial Hall (Free admission; open to the public. Register to guarantee a seat).
Wed 13, 8.30-10.30pm: “Flute and Quartet Obélisque: Classical Masterpieces” concert featuring flautist Huda Abdel-Azim. (Due to Covid 19, seats are limited, and entrance is based on first-come, first-served. Proof of vaccination is a must upon entry).
Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)
Fouad St, Mahatat Al-Raml, Alexandria, Tel 03/486 5106
Thurs 7, 9.30pm: A concert by Alexandria Opera Company for Arab Music and Singing.
Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Tel (03) 4839999
Thurs 14, 9pm: Teryola band.
French Cultural Institute
30 Al Nabi Danial St, Mahatet Misr, Alexandria, Tel 03 3913435/03 3918952
Thurs 7, 9-10.30pm (free entrance): The Institute’s Ramadan Nights opens this year the programme in Alexandria with the Khaltabeta group. The group will perform songs from the rich and vast classical Arab music repertoire, between tradition and modernity.
Thurs 14, 9-10.30pm (free entrance): Tablet El Set group is made up of female percussionists and singers. They use percussion instruments such as tambourine and darbouka to accompany their Egyptian melodies.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 7 April, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.