The closest thing Egypt has to an EDM festival, Cairo Jazz Club's Dancestock is back, and this year the line up looks better than ever.
While we may be years away from holding international music festivals every summer, and massive indoor raves every winter, there’s no denying that Egypt’s music scene is on the rise. For every European chart topper, we have our own underground act, breaking through and grabbing attention. For every sold out festival, bringing together the biggest names in EDM for a weekend of pure madness, we have... we have... Well, ok. There’s nothing we have that could really compare but, thanks to Cairo Jazz Club, we’re getting closer and closer every year. You know what that means, don’t you? Yes, Dancestock – the brilliant series of weekly events that see international DJing stars come together with our very own local talents to play back-to-back for the best of both worlds – is back. And this year, get ready for some especially spectacular acts, every Wednesday in November. Ready to get your mind blown? Here’s the line up:
Wednesday 6th November sees the brothers Gawdat show us that coming in second place of the Student DJ Program only pushed them to work harder. Spinning the best in Deep and Tech House hits, the duo have plenty of stage presence and seeing them mix in tandem is quite the sight. They’ll be opening up for Beirut’s Ceasar K, who will be showing Cairo just why he’s considered to have spearheaded the whole Electronic music scene in his native Lebanon. Having performed across the world, his affinity for exclusively playing vinyl records (none of that new age digital malarkey for this guy) and retro beats make this a night not to miss.
The following Wednesday 13th November sees no slowing down as DJ Hassan Abo Allam starts the night with some ambient mixes and club hits, reworked like you’ve never heard them before. He’ll be setting the stage for Swiss sweetheart Dinka who is known for love of pure House anthems, mixing in a few Tribal beats and Ambient remixes here and there. Now based in Los Angeles, it’s not long before Dinka becomes a household name, so catch her live in action on this night, before it’s too late.
The third Dancestock event of the month sees DJ Karim Morsy take over the decks on 20th November with some uplifting, Progressive House mixes, bound to put you in a euphoric mood which has quickly become this young DJs calling card. He’ll be warming up ahead of Dutchman DJ Patrick Hagenaar’s return to CJC. Known for his vivacious performances behind the decks and remixing chart toppers into underground hits, as well as securing himself a spot on Ministry of Sound’s global tour for four consecutive years, if you’re into a EDM and don’t catch this guy in action, you should be pretty ashamed of yourself.
Now for the big finale... The closing night of Dancestock on Wednesday 27th November gives Student DJ Program winners Aguizi & Fahmi yet another chance to show why, amongst hundreds of applicants, they’ve got what it takes to represent Egypt’s burgeoning DJ scene. They’ll be spinning alternative EDM, from Indie House to Nu Disco, in synchronicity, redefining the genre for those who have had enough of Deep House and Techno. The young’uns have quite the responsibility on their hands, as they’ll be opening up for DJing legend and velvety-smooth vocalist, the one and only Rachael Starr! A producer, a DJ and a singer, this little lady has been making hits for years now, and will be brining her trifecta of talents to the table at CJC. Featured on a cacophony of compilations, the Bleeding Heart California native will be closing Dancestock with appropriate drama, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed she belts out some of her hits live on the mic.
So there you have it, enough dance to keep you stocked until nex year's edition! For bookings, use Tazkarty.net