Nadah El Shazly

Nadah El Shazly

Sun   Mar   24   2024 - 4:45 PM Old City PAC

“She has a voice, as both singer and songwriter, that will haunt your dreams for days.” – The Quietus

Using voice, field recordings and instruments, Nadah el Shazaly creates haunting sound pieces and songforms that hijack the perception of time with their complex layers and dynamic structure.The producer, vocalist, and sound artist from Cairo, Egypt released her debut album, Ahwar, in 2017, which radically reinvents the popular music of her homeland from the early 19th century and explores new sonic and harmonic frontiers. She has been backing up that release with extensive worldwide touring through a solo set and a four-piece band. El Shazly has been featured in local and international festivals including Irtijal, Le Guess Who?, REWIRE, Best Kept Secret, Nusasonic, Marfa Myths, amongst others. She continues to compose for film and visual art and has been featured on compilations including Nashazphone’s This is Cairo Not the Screamers (2020) and C.A.N.V.A.S.’ s Apocope (2021). Most recently El Shazly curated the Egyptian Leather Pavillion for Nyege Nyege Festival 2020. She currently hosts a monthly show on Cashmere Radio, “Live from Viper Mountain”, where she deep-dives into music that fascinates her.

Knoxville, TN · USA



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