- Posted August 7, 2013 by
Hayy festival for singing - Egypt
Female voices shine in HAYY Festival for Women's Voices which held in the period between 18 July to 2 Aug on El Genaina Theater At Al-Azhar Park , organized by the Culture Resource organization. The cultural resource is a regional non-profit organization, seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab world, and to encourage cultural exchanges within the region and with the countries of the developing world.
Has participated in this festival five of Women's voices from four Arab countries, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco Mauritania.
Ghalia Ben Ali - Tunisia
Ghalia Benali is a Tunisian singer based in Brussels, Belgium and her fluid voice and compositions reflect a full circle of influences from Arabic folk and jazz traditions to contemporary chillout and Indian classical music. In 2008 she won the World of Music Award for the best world music song presented by the independent British organization We Are Listening. Her albums include Wild Harissa, Ghalia Sings Om Kalthoum, and Romeo & Leila. She is very popular among the Egyptian public and Arab, the whole concert tickets have finished the day before the concert.
Nawal Pennekram - Tunisia
After growing up between France and Tunisia, Nawel Ben Kraiem started to perform as a singer in Paris within Cirrus group. In 2009 she released her first album "Mama Please" and was rewarded by the Monte Carlo International Radio price (RFI). After an international tour with orange blossom she decided to go on her own project. This project made use of her voice and many musical influences (pop, world, electronic music), a mix of different languages (Arabic, French and English) and original rhythms. Nawel has also worked with the director Tony Gatlif, singing and acting in one of his movies. She is now working on her first album.
I asked her how she felt, singing for the first time among the Egyptian public, she said, "I feel now that I have found a place among this wonderful audience and that my message had arrived."
Sana Moussa - Palestine
Sanaa Moussa was born in the Palestinian village Deir Al-Asad in the Galilee, her father is well known musician and singer who professed at singing folkloric songs of Syria, Egypt and Iraq. That was the trigger for Sanaa’s connection to classic Arabic music and in particular the Palestinian folk.
Sanaa’s songs can be categorized under Classic genre, as she strives to preserve folkloric singing and pass it on across generations through her musical performance “Ishraq”. Ishraq is a musical performance embodying a collection of songs passed on by generations of Palestinian women though the decades. These songs are distinct in their form and content as they are expressive monologues depicting important moments of Palestinian history as well as emotions relating to daily life from the perspective of Palestinian women.
In 2003 she received training and performed and Oriental Music Center. In 2004, she started performing classic and folkloric songs in several festival in the Arab World and Europe. She started a band in 2008 and called it “Naw Athar”. The band presents folkloric songs in new arrangements while maintaining their oriental flavor.
Have cried and cried the audience with sing wonderful songs.
Khansaa Botme School - Morocco
Khansaa Batma was born in Casablanca. She joined the Casablanca Conservatoire at the age of nine. The kick start of her career was a 2001 debut album entitled “Sharq wa Gharb” which featured folkloric Moroccan songs with European sounding arrangement, and international folklore songs with Moroccan instrument arrangement. In 2003, she released her second album “Ala Abwab El Sahra” or (On the gates of the Desert). This album describes a lost soul’s journey from Spain to Sudan and through North Africa. Her third album “The Dark Album” achieved huge commercial success among the youth; songs like “Barano”, “Gharani” and “Nestahel” were very popular. Batma’s songs bring together Arabic and Moroccan rhythms blended with Rock.
the audiences interacted with the music and with her wonderful voice during the ceremony.
Noura Mint Seymali Mauritania
Noura Mint Seymali started her career at the age of 13 as a backing vocalist with Dimi Mint Abbas. She formed an ensemble that uses traditional instruments at its core: harp, lute, and bowl drum with Western bass and drum-set. Arranging for a contemporary ensemble, Noura has united her traditional Mauritanian music with sounds from outside—reggae, blues, hip hop, zouk. Noura debuted internationally at events like Festival au-Desert (Mali), Festival Pirineos (Spain), and Festival Timitar (Morocco). Noura’s songs address such prescient topics as the role of women in Islamic society, desertification, economic development, and terrorism in the Magreb, she also presents love songs, devotional hymns of praise, and historical folk narratives
Finally, the experience of District Festival is added to the record of successful supplier Cultural Foundation are always encouraged women's voices and support young talent.
7th August, Cairo