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Black Theama to perform at Cairo Opera house tonight

Wednesday 11/July/2018 - 11:59 AM
Black Theama
Black Theama
Sada ElBalad-Yara Sameh
Black Theama band will perform Wednesday evening on Cairo Opera House’s open-air theater، in Al-Zamalek district.

The concert is scheduled to take place from 8:00PM - 10:00PM (Cairo local time).

The concert comes as part of Cairo Opera House's special summer program in the Open Air Theatre.

Noteworthy، Black Theama is an Egyptian band that was founded in 2004. The band's musical genre covers a wide range of styles from Nubian rhythms، reggae، hip-hop، and R&B، to music with other African influences.

Through their music، they sing to "celebrate the black experience in Egypt." According to Amir Salah، the band strives to maintain a sound true to the name they carry، which is unique، natural، and independent. Black Theama tries to create music that does not fall in line with the "standard pop-music cliches."

"Our project is not to croon about starry-eyed love and teenage heartbreak. We assumed that there was a wide array of emotions and issues not yet tackled in contemporary singing، and we think that there is an insistent demand for that genre" - Ahmed Bahr، singer and co-founder of Black Theama.

The group was founded by Amir Salah El Deen، who was originally in a theater group called "Karisma." Together with his friend Mohamed Abdo، they met the third member of their future group، Ahmed Bahr، at one of their early shows. They worked well together and decided to form a new group which became Black Theama.

Black Theama has collaborated with many other musicians over the years. Massar Egbari and Cairokee are just two of the Egyptian bands that Black Theama has performed with. Aside from the three core singers of Black Theama، many other musicians are also part of the collaboration.

The Nubian region of Egypt is located in the south of Upper Egypt. Black Theama infuses traditional Nubian folksongs into an alternative modern musical style that is growing in popularity. The musical group has an authentic feel while presenting new sounds and lyrics.

According to co-founder and singer Mohammad Abdo، "Southern music is one of the main tributaries of Egyptian music، and is a real part of our identity، not only because we originate from Nubia and are dark-skinned. We subconsciously came to recognize how much we’re affected by this unique character and culture، and moved by the music. We are always trying to work with the density of black music، including Nubian، and this provides our music with a distinct flavor."

Black Theama was nominated at the 2013 World Music Awards for Best Group، Best Live Act، Best Song، and Best Video Clip for the song Fi Belad Al-ayy Haga (released June 2013). Black Theama was the first musical group to represent Egypt، as well as the region، at the international competition.

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