NEW TALENT AT CAIRO MUSIC FESTIVAL

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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