Marsm is extremely pleased to present the UK premiere of acclaimed Egyptian composer, singer, and guitarist Hamza Namira.
Saturday 11 February 2017
Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL.
Get your tickets here: http://bit.ly/2gYfnWp
Described as the “new Sayed Darwish”, Hamza Namira is one of the most celebrated faces of modern Arabic music. A songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from Egypt, Hamza has become a luminous expression of his homeland’s resilience and ambition. Emerging as a major public figure, most notably since the Egyptian revolution of 2011, he uses his work to explore and engage with the social issues of today. Well aware of a range of dilemmas his generation is facing across the region, he addresses them in an emotive and inclusive manner that has only solidified his following with his fans. In his own words, “life has a lot of things that are worthwhile – things that deserve expressing in music and songs, so it’s not fair letting love and romance monopolise music”.
Hamza has held many sold-out concerts in Alexandria and Cairo, while also performing internationally, across the Arab world and beyond. Broadcasted until recently on Egyptian media, his songs of freedom, full of hope for a better future, garnered tens of thousands of views online within hours after their release. Influences in his music include Egyptian traditional and folk music, as well as light rock, jazz, and Latin music, to which he adds his memorable tonality and charisma.
Don’t miss out this exclusive London debut show during which Hamza will perform a special selection of songs from his three authentic, fresh and bold albums. Take this opportunity to show your support, treat your friends, family and yourself to what is going to be a unique concert – and spread the message!
About the artist:
Hamza developed an interest in music during his teens, learning to play the guitar, oud and keyboard. After composing his first songs he established his first band “Nomaira” with several of his friends. By 2007, Hamza had succeeded in signing with the well-known British label Awakening Records. His debut album “Ehlam ma’aya” (Dream with me) was released in 2008. Ground-breaking in the subjects it tackles and the music genres it brings together, it became an instant hit.
In 2011, in the wake of the revolution, Hamza released his second album “Insan” (Human), hopeful, innovative, and deep in scope and subjects. Musically unique, the album features a fusion of Arab, Turkish and Western musical styles, and the lyrics explore a number of universal topics, such as hope and love for the homeland, as well as challenges and sorrows. In 2014, Hamza released his highly anticipated third album “Esmaani” (Listen to me), in which he investigates once more a variety of themes, from issues of identity to traffic jams, generation gaps, and oppression.