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Oct 30 2019

Electro Chaabi / Nadi Al-Cinema

Nadi Al-Cinema: Film Series

October 30, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


Arab American Cultural Center 111 Stevenson Hall


701 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Third Film in our Nadi Al-Cinema (Film Series) focused on Music Across the Arab World.

Film: Electro Chaabi (2013)

About Film: While Egypt has traditionally been the beating heart of classical Arabic music, with legendary singers such as Oum Kalthoum and Abdel Halim Hafez, a new craze is taking over the Arab world’s most populous nation: Electro Shaabi. Inspired by the down-and-dirty music played at street parties and weddings, this new populist dance form combines a punk spirit with a hip hop attitude set against a furious cascade of drums, bass and electronic vocals.

If feature-length documentaries such as Buena Vista Social Club helped introduce world audiences to the lost golden melodies of Cuban music, director Hind Meddeb is bringing the furious, sweaty rhythms of downtown Cairo to global ears with Electro Shaabi. While the beats are designed to get your feet moving, the lyrics, often laced with revolutionary fervor, offer insights into the mindset of today’s restless Egyptian youth. Unlike anything you’ve seen (or heard) before.


Notes: Popcorn and Refreshments will be served. Event held at ArabAmCC in 111 Stevenson Hall. Location is wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility needs, please contact the Center 5 days in advance.



Arab American Cultural Center

Date posted

Oct 18, 2019

Date updated

Oct 18, 2019