Bang Your Head!
Wyvern is on the stage, so bang your head! The performance of Wyvern makes you feel that you are listening to a top class band from the old-school. The crowd gets into the mood spontaneously unable to resist the awesome music and bang their heads on Wyvern’s riffs. The band was formed in November 2003 as a 4-piece heavy metal band to cover the songs of heavy/thrash metal legends. In a society that doesn’t accept rock/metal genre it was really difficult for wyvern to get the exposure needed to present their music. They find their way through SOS.
It’s a gloomy Cairo morning in mid-March – the sky is grey, the traffic has crawled to a standstill and I’m officially late for my flight to Beirut. The Red Bull Egypt office kindly invited me to join their regional Bass Camp Beirut program, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA), held each year. It felt like a beautiful dream when the Red Bull representative described the program to me – three days filled with new faces, music, and cross-cultural collaborations. Now in its 15th year, the Red Bull Music Academy has been popping up around the globe – the world-traveling festival includes a series of music workshops and performances aimed at creating a platform for those who shape our musical future. RBMA’s Bass Camp, is currently taking place in various regions through out the world, and acts as a mini version of the real Music Academy, which will take place in New York in September.
According to the program’s literature,
“Bass Camp Beirut will arrive in Beirut on March 23rd, 24th, and 25th, with the aim of bringing together four leaders of the music industry with 30-40 gifted instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs, and producers from across the Middle East, for a three-day musical explosion.”
We attended the SOS Music Festival yesterday at the Chinese Garden on the Cairo International Conference Center grounds. The name chosen for the all-day, 8-bands affair reflects the opinion, shared by many Egyptians, that low-quality pop music has monopolized Egyptian airwaves, leaving nothing to the real musicians. This festival was an attempt at saving the music.
And saving it did! All the factors that make attending open-air music festivals enjoyable were there. The location is a huge garden with a big grass field, probably donated by the Chinese government, that comfortably accepted the 2000-3000 attendees. Once inside, past what looked like decent security gates, we immediately felt transported to an alternate and sorely-missed Egypt. One where you can stroll around freely, lay on the grass, enjoy the nice weather and relax to the music. Without being subjected to scolding or lustful stares, authoritarian treatment, or flea-market swindles. domain list The crowd, mostly university students, were there for the music and the good time. Since no alcohol was allowed, there were no fights or the typical weird vibes. I did not smell too much drugs either 🙂 Read More
By Sarah Loat BBC NEWS Cairo, Egypt Fifteen thousand young music fans attended the recent SOS Music Festival held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.Disillusioned with what they see as the low quality, sexualised, commercial pop music available on the Egyptian television and airwaves, a group of young musicians began an ambitious project to share original, underground music and support Egypt’s home-grown talent. The music was highly diverse – rock, metal, reggae, modern Egyptian, rai, contemporary oriental jazz and hip-hop. The driving force behind the festival is 28-year-old Ousso, a session musician and guitarist in jazz fusion band Eftekasat.
“I decided to create a platform for good music, original music, underground music. Confidence is low in Egypt. People tend to imitate more than innovate,” Ousso said. “I’m against that, I want to create an opportunity for this generation to innovate and for the audience to enjoy good music absolutely new to them.”
Musical revolution With the support of major sponsors, the event was free for the 15,000 invited fans. Ousso he is aiming to begin a musical revolution.Read More