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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

OTAAK BAND at El Tanbura Hall - Tonight!

Sudanese/American Otaak Band will be performing tonight, Tuesday May 8, 2012 in a special night of traditional masankop music, at the Tanbura Hall.

Otaak Band is the collaboration of Miguel Merino, from Indiana, USA, and Ahmed Said Abuamna from Eastern Sudan, who met in 2009 in Cairo.
Ahmed Said is from the Beja, a tribe indigenous to the area between the Nile and the Red Sea, and a master of the Beja's traditional instrument, the masankop, also called tambur, played since the time of the Pharaohs. Upon meeting him, Miguel took an immediate interest in the tambur, had one built, and started playing with Ahmed Said's guidance.
Now two years later they have produced an album "Bejawiya" with a unique mix of American blues and Beja music, showcasing the entire history and evolution of this instrument, from the oldest traditional songs to brand new compositions using acoustic and electric bass, guitar, and drums, and original lyrics by Ahmed Said.

The concert starts at 9.00 PM. Tickets are available at the entrance for 30 EGP
For more information get in touch with El Mastaba: 01150995354


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