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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

El Hinna Band at El Tanboura Hall

On January 26th, the first Suez/Egyptian martyr of the glorious revolution 2011 fell. One year later, on this same date, Thursday January 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM, El Hinna band from Suez will present songs of resistance and revolution at El Tanbura Hall. Entry tickets (20 EGP) on sale at the entrance.

The city of Suez is privileged to be the oldest inhabited place in the Suez Canal area; it has had a number of different names since the Pharaonic era, some 3000 years ago, and it has given its name to the canal which was inaugurated in the 19th century. In its special position at the Mediterranean end of the Red Sea (also called Gulf of Suez), the city of Suez has been profoundly affected by the arts of the Red Sea, especially the art of clapping "El Kaf" which features in the seal of the city. Its rhythms have been influenced by those of Jeddah, as well as by the musical and rhythmic features of the Red Sea region. Suez is also famous for its heroic role in resisting the Israeli invasion in 1973. The music played a central role in charging the spirit of resistance: strengthened by the simsimya strings, the resistance sang for the rifle bullets.

Since the first day of the 25th of January revolution, El Mastaba Center has participated, performed and, in general, dealt with the social and political issues of Egypt. They have now made a video documenting the performances of the Center's bands in different liberation squares and on different political occasions. To watch the video (on YouTube), click here.

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