Cairo, end of 2013.
In a boiling city where the curfew has just been lifted after a second coup, where dreams and revolt are displayed on the walls, hostile slogans, as well to the Islamists that the army resonates even in downtown clubs, Blaise Merlin heard the voice of Abdullah Miniawy at the Studio 100Copies, close to Tahrir Square. Spokesperson of the Egyptian youth, Sufi singer, writer, poet, slammer and broke student from the oasis town of El-Fayoum, Abdullah shakes the scene and social networks with his hypnotic voice, his unique blend of rock, electro-chaabi, jazz, punk, psychedelic, secular and avant-garde.
The constant blow of saxophonist Peter Corser and the ”barock” strings of Karsten Hopchapfel finds a response from the striking voice of Abdullah Miniawy. Whispered or declaimed, his virtuoso soufi singing leads the audience to a transe-like state through a mystical journey.
Erik Truffaz trumpet take-offs bring the whole project, in a unique though recognizable style, to spiritual heights : seeking invention and sharing as politically and socially oppressed nations can do. Between rock, soufi poetry, jazz, spoken word and oriental curls, ”Le Cri du Caire” creates a powerful universe that overcomes roots, identities and borders.
Poignant, outsanding, free, spiritual, lyrical… ”Le Cri du Caire” will turn people’s heads…
Abdullah Miniawy (vocals, composition)
Peter Corser (saxophone, clarinet, composition)
Karsten Hochapfel (cello, guitar)
+ guest : Erik Truffaz (trumpet)
A production by L’Onde de Cybèle