Makan Egyptian Center For Culture and Art

الزار -Mazaher ensemble-Zar by Mohamed Boraie

Mazaher is an ensemble in which women play a leading role.

The musicians of Mazaher are Um Sameh, Um Hassan, and Nour el Sabah, They are among the last remaining Zar practitioners in Egypt.

The music is inspired by the three different styles musical styles of the Zar tradition practiced in Egypt.

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Sufi chanting and Ziker with Sheikh / Jaber Awadalla at Makan (Egyptian Center For Culture & Art ) by Mohamed Boraie

In a small culture center in Downtown Cairo, Makan, stands Sheikh Jaber reciting Sufi ziker ( a devotional prayers ) along with some tunes coming from the talented musicians singing along with him.  The Sufi Ziker contained prayers and meaningful stories from prophet Muhammed and Imam Hussein life.

The performance was very intimate with a small number of audience sitting around in semi circle in a home like studio that feels more like a large room in an old Egyptian house from the 1960s. 

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Photography by Mohamed Boraie 

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