CAIRO: The Makan Center of Culture and Arts will host a concert by singer Sayed Rekabi on March 4 at 8 p.m., where Arab tribes from Aswan lead by Rekabi will perform “Jaafra Music and Songs,” an original repertoire of their local and traditional singing.
In Jaafra music, two people take turns singing, which becomes a competition where each is keen on not stopping before the other while the audience evaluates them. The song may last until the end of the evening.
Sayed Rekabi and his ensemble will present a collection of Jaafra songs based on traditional poetic forms, including adaptations of Nameem, with vocals, oud (lute), and doff (a small frame drum).
Rekabi was born in Aswan and is one of the few singers who perform traditional singing styles that cover popular poetry and chanting.
Makan Center of Culture and Arts, March 4 at 8 p.m.
1 Saad Zaghloul Street, 11461, El Dawaween, Cairo.
(On the corner of Saad Zaghloul and Mansour street)
Tel: (02) 27920878
Tickets are 30 EGP; 20 EGP for families