18 OF 2018: THE EGYPTIANS WHO MADE WAVES THIS YEAR

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Cairo Scene

By Cairo Scene Team

Dec. 27, 2018

Each year, we curate a list of some of the most inspirational Egyptians who have innovated in their industries or impacted their communities in meaningful ways. These are the 18 of 2018…

Since 2015, CairoScene has closed each year by scouring not just the country, but the world, for extraordinary Egyptians. The ones breaking new ground, challenging the status quo and shaping the future. The ones solving, innovating, redefining and revolutionising their industries. This year, our search has taken us far and wide, with the list bringing together pioneering figures from the worlds of business, media, fashion and the arts, as well as one or two who defy classification altogether. These are the game-changers, the ones daring to think differently. These are 18 of the most impactful and inspiring Egyptians of 2018.

18 of 2018: THE EGYPTIANS WHO MADE WAVES THIS YEAR

#18OF2018: THE EGYPTIANS WHO MADE WAVES THIS YEAREach year, we curate a list of some of the most inspirational Egyptians who have innovated in their industries or impacted their communities in meaningful ways. These are the people challenging the status quo, breaking new ground and daring to think differently. These are the 18 of 2018. Read more:- http://www.cairoscene.com/In-Depth/18-of-2018-the-Egyptians-who-made-waves-this-year

Posted by Cairo Scene on Thursday, December 27, 2018

OUSSO LOTFY // EWSAL BEL3ARABY

Ousso Lotfy is perhaps the most in-demand guitarist in the Middle East, having played with the biggest pop stars in the region. He’s also co-founder of Nagham Masry, a member of Eftekasat and one third of rock supergroup, HOH, alongside Hany Adel from Wust El Balad and Hani el Dakkak from Massar Egbari.

His legendary status as a musician aside, Lotfy was the orchestrator of breakthrough underground festival, Save Our Sound (SOS), which gave hundreds of upcoming artists from all across the country a platform to perform in front of audiences of thousands. He has always had his heart set on creating a foundation for the Egyptian music scene to flourish and, this year, he has made even more headway.

How many talented young Egyptian musicians have been forced to put down their instruments because of pressure from their parents to ‘get a real job’, or because there was simply nowhere to perform? How many Egyptian kids could be the next ‘big thing’, but never get the opportunity to learn an instrument at all?

“There are a lot of contradictions,” he says. “If a regular person wants to be a musician, their ambition is ignored and belittled. But with a famous musician, there’s no judgement of the ambitions that led to their success,” he continues. “This society and culture do not give importance to the arts. They do not regard teaching music as a priority.”

And so Lotfy went about creating Ewsal Bel3araby, a first-of its-kind online educational platform that now has an archive of thousands of Arabic tutorial videos featuring himself and famous master musician friends providing a huge variety of lessons and jamming videos. “A lot of kids I meet approach me and are very thankful. They tell me that, without the platform, it would’ve been really hard to learn a particular instrument or particular song. That’s the goal: to help people find their dream, their calling.”

Video and photography by @MO4Network’s #MO4Productions, shot at @MO4Network Studio.

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