(c) Ahmed Kamel

We are really excited for the Bidoun/Edgware Road Project’s Shaabi-Music-Wedding-Dance-Party at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 tomorrow night!  To mark the opening of the Bidoun Library at the Serpentine, the Pavilion will host Cairo-based shaabi musician Sadat accompanied by the music of Amr 7a7a and Figo. Shaabi music, which comes from the word shaab, or the people—approximates street music, marked by extremely heavy bass and often improvised lyrics. It is not unlike “toasting” in Jamaican dancehall and is most often played at weddings and street parties throughout Egypt. 

Here you can see an amazing article from Inanities blog on street parties in Egypt with links to videos: http://inanities.org/2011/06/7a7a/

Friday 22 July 2011

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London


Tickets £5/£4

Available from the Gallery Lobby Desk or Ticketweb

The Shaabi-Music-Wedding-Dance-Party is part of the Bidoun Library Project, up at the Serpentine Gallery until September 17th.