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
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.
Special support guest: JULIANA YAZBECK
Born to Lebanese parents, Juliana draws on her mixed cultural upbringing to create her signature sound: an unlikely but mesmerising fusion of spoken word, otherworldly electronics, and haunting Levantine vocals. Her debut record SUNGOD is a political and spiritual cry; unapologetic and raw, Juliana’s lyrics challenge the effects of colonisation on cultural identities and its impact on the current state of love, relationships and gender inequality.
El Wekala Global