Heritage music revived

24-01-2017 11:24 PM

Sanaa Farouk

Last Sunday 22 January saw the 18th-century Islamic-style house Bayt al-Sinnari

in Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo, host an evening of Egyptian heritage music. The

magnificent stonewalls lined with mashrabiya (lattice woodwork) windows

embracing the courtyard acted as the perfect setting for an evening of music and

song by Toras, literally heritage, band. Bayt al-Sinnari is now used as a venue for

cultural activities.

The repertoire included old favourites by Sayed Darwish (1892 – 1923), one of

Egypt’s greatest musicians who brought back to life authentic Egyptian folk music

following centuries during which Ottoman court music dominated the Egyptian

scene. Toras also performed works by Zakariya Ahmed whose star rose in the

1940s and 50s, and Sheikh Imam of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

Toras group is a band whose members studied music at “The Arabic Oud House”

that was created in 1999 in Cairo by the Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma.

Following graduation, Toras founded their own band and their first recital

coincided with Sayed Darwish’s death anniversary. They held several

performances at the Sayed Darwish Theatre in Alexandria, as well as al-Sawy

cultural wheel and Bayt al-Sinnari in Cairo.

They are known to introduce music in which they offer a unique blend of oriental

instruments and modern techniques to reach new generations of audiences.

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Heritage music revived

Watani International

24 January 2017

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