Entries in Ramadan 29 (8)
Nass Makan (People of Makan) is a project by the Egyptian Centre for Culture and Arts that brings together musicians of Egypt and Sudan to keep alive the rich history of folkloric music and also exploring new directions with their music. Gypsy Music from the Delta joins hands with Zar songs and Sudanese music styles, traditional instruments join contemporary ones.
For this episode of Ramadan 29, Karim Shaaban recorded this song when he attended a concert at Makan. I really like the music, it does have a mellow start, but the tempo changes gradually.
I really want to learn more about the Nass Makan project, so expect more posts and videos in the near future.
Sheikh Ahmed Al Tuni is known as one of Egypt's great Sufi singers, but I must confess I didn't know about him till I saw this video by Karim Shaaban filmed in Alexandria, Egypt for the Ramadan 29 series.
Al Tuni has quite a following and has performed across Europe and even appeared in and contributed to the soundtrack of Vengo. I've always been very intrigued by Sufism and the relationship between music and spirituality.
Today's episode from the Ramadan 29 series is dedicated to the Ramadan decorations that can be seen on the streets, shops, restaurants, outside homes and mosques.
But it looks like this year, there's a Chinese influence on the streets of Cairo. It is bizarre to see Chinese lamp shades in the midst of the traditional looking Ramadan lights. Could this be the quirky side effects of globalisation?
This episode of the Ramadan 29 series is set around Al Hussein in Cairo. It's a bustling area and even busier during Ramadan. Shaaban speaks to some of the people that work in this area, who share why they find this place to special.
The video doesn't include any subtitles, but I but together a translation below the clip (to the best of my abilities) so that non-Arabic speakers can enjoy it as well.
Karim Shabaan is a young film maker from Egypt. I first came across his work last Ramadan when he started his Ramadan 29 series, a daily series of short films documenting the different traditions of Ramadan across Egypt. I thought it was a great series, but unfortunately, I can't find any of them online now.
But the good news is that Karim Shabaan is back again this year with a new season and since this is The Culturist's first Ramadan, I will share some of his new short films here.