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Saturday, September 24, 2011

El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music receives the prestigious ROSKILDE FESTIVAL World Music Award

Just got news that Zakaria Ibrahim and his folks have been awarded the ROSKILDE Festival World Music Award. It is another well deserved recognition for the tremendous work they have done (and continue to do) to promote Egyptian Folk music through El Tanbura itself and through the other myriad of groups the organisation supports.

If you haven't done it yet, do not miss the opportunity, while in Cairo, to attend a concert at El Tanbura Hall. It is an unforgettable experience; you will not only enjoy an entertaining musical performance, but, most importantly, you will feel that you are amongst friends.

Following is an excerpt of the Press Release for the festival award:


The board of the RFWMA has chosen the El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music as this year's recipient of an award that will be presented at the WOMEX  world music expo on Sunday 30 October in Copenhagen, Denmark

The El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music aims to spread knowledge and to document, preserve and develop a range of traditional Egyptian music genres. The Center is awarded with the RFWMA particularly for its effort to introduce traditional Egyptian music to youth and children. The Center was founded in July 2000.

Steen Jørgensen, chairman of the Roskilde Festival Charity Society, explains why the El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music was chosen as this year's recipient: "It is important to us that we support the Egyptian and other Arabic populations in these times. Music and its surrounding culture has and will always be a strong medium and source of inspiration for people wanting a free life. We wish to help the El Mastaba Center to ensure their continuated work with preserving and developing traditional Egyptian music for all generations."

Peter Hvalkof, world music booker at Roskilde Festival, is happy that the RFWMA in 2011 is given to the El Mastaba Center: "The kind of work that the El Mastaba Center does to ensure a basis for traditional Egyptian music needs to be recognised for its inspirational value to the entire scene for world music. It makes really good sense to be able to follow-up on an outstanding concert with Rango of the El Mastaba Center at this year's Roskilde Festival in awarding the Centre the RFWMA."

Upon receiving the good news, founder and Director of the El Mastaba Center for Egyptain Folk Music, Zakaria Ibrahim, stated: "We are very honoured to receive this award and delighted to join our peers in Zanzibar and Mali whom we understand share similar motivations in developing cultural projects and preserving traditions. I am also very happy I had the opportunity to visit Roskilde Festival in the summer for a performance with our Rango musicians on the new Gloria stage."

The Award will be presented to representants from the El Mastaba Center by the director of the Oslo World Music Festival, Alexandra Archetti Stølen, during the WOMEX Award Ceremony on Sunday 30 October 12:00 - 14:00 at DR Koncerthuset/Studio 2.

My heartfelt congratulations again to all at El Mastaba. Looking forward to paying you a visit next time I come to Cairo. 

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