Articulating the many elements of contemporary Egyptian society that drive their generation, Cairokee’s music balances rock and spacious electronica with hints of pop and chaabi. Their anthemic calls for freedom, self-reflection and societal changes are an innate reflection of their phenomenal song-writing abilities and fan base, and have placed them at the top of Egypt’s most popular contemporary musical acts.
The name Cairokee expresses the bands irrefutable connection with their Egyptian audiences, combining Cairo & Karaoke to symbolise their “singing along” with Cairo. Yet after over 15 years of performing and numerous albums, their captivating energy, creativity and humility has ensured that it is now Egypt that sings along with them, not the other way around.
Their latest and sixth album “Ugly Duckling” was launched in March 2019 and builds upon “Cairokee’s Parallel Universe” established in their song “No2ta Beida” (White Dot). It is a space through which they invite all the “outcasts” to break free from patriarchal and societal shackles, traditions and restrictions. All that cannot be discussed is put on display through the “ugly” truth on this album. Musically, the album builds on their indie, pop and rock traditions flirting with electronic influences.
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