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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Cairo, Egypt’s capital city is home to Africa’s only subway. The first trains started running approximately 20 years ago, and the system has been gradually expanded. Today, the two subway lines carry 2.5 to 3 million people every day.  It has 53 stations and over 65 kilometers of track.  For more information about this transportation innovation, visit this link. http://www.urbanrail.net/af/cairo/cairo.htm

Egyptian Week 2012 – Baladi Urban Music & Guy Schalom Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Baladi as a musical style is Egypt’s urban music of the mid-20th Century.  Egyptian musicians were exposed to a variety of Western instruments such as the accordion, saxophone and trumpet, which gives Baladi its distinct sound.  Baladi music developed with the dance style, which were performed at weddings and social gatherings.  The musical structure consists of samples of melody drawn from folk, classical and Sha’abi styles.  When these parts of melody are connected, they produce a complex improvisation known as ‘Ashra Baladi’. Non-professional dancers performed Ashra Baladi to demonstrate their attractiveness and social status. Famous artists that perform Baladi include: Samir Serour, Samy El Bably, Mustafa Sax, Sheiha, Hassan Abdel Seoud, Sheik Taha, Farouk Salama, and Guy Schalom & the Baladi Blues Ensemble. Dunya presented ‘The Essence of Egypt’ with UK-based Guy Schalom in July 2012 to learn more about Egyptian music and plan to offer a workshop in ‘Ashra Baladi’ in 2012/13. Here is a video of Guy Schalom & the Baladi Blues Ensemble demonstrating a taste of Baladi. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeqMHrul5tU

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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Egypt is home to 7 World Heritage Sites. Egypt has the third most World Heritage sites in Africa and the third most in the Arab World. The cultural heritage sites located in Egypt are: Abu Mena, Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis, Historic Cairo, Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur, Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, and Saint Catherine Area. The only natural heritage site in Egypt is Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley). Visit the UNESCO site for details. http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/eg

Egyptian Week 2012 – Arabian Dance Theatre & Bedouin Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

In 2011, UK-based Arabian Dance Theatre shared Bedouin culture in a theatre production called ‘Under the Sun’ after Tara Lee Oakley, the show’s producer, and Shafeek Ibrahim, the director, travelled to South Sinai in Egypt to study the life and culture of the Bedouins. They spent every day with local families; learning their traditional forms of dance, attending weddings, meeting a medicine man and tribal leaders. They discovered how life was changing for the younger Bedouins and how modern day life brought many contradictions for their culture. ‘Under the Sun’ was inspired by an 18 year old Bedouin girl they lived with in Dahab called Aisha, a girl who was adamant to follow her dreams even if it meant being the talk of the tribe and being excluded from her family.

Arabian Dance Theatre will present their 5th production in October 2012 called ‘Be Here Now’ that is inspired by modern Arabic dance and culture in light of the recent Arab Spring movement – sponsored by the UK Arts Council. Here is a link to Al Alamia’s coverage of ‘Under the Sun’ (in Arabic) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDHuW6SuWg and the Arabian Dance Theatre website which will shortly provide details of ‘Be Here Now’: http://www.arabiandancetheatre.com/.

Egyptian Week 2012 – Post-Revolution Media Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

CNN’s Inside the Middle East featured the evolution of Egypt’s Media after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011. People have broken the ‘fear barrier’ and young people are making an impact as protesters and play an increasingly important role in the media. Egyptian State TV has introduced political debates in lieu of tranquil images of the Nile River. New Internet radio stations have emerged and share revolutionary music and satire to engage with Egyptians in Egypt and abroad. Print press has evolved as they focus more on stories talking about the future and feature the ‘movers and shakers’ – the people – in lieu of celebrities.  It’s been a dynamic and historic time in Egypt. Watch the ‘Inside the Middle East’ video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXF0QaJxnrc

Egyptian Week 2012 – Fifi Abdou Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Cairo-born Fifi Abdou is a famous Egyptian raks sharki (bellydance) dancer and actress known for her energetic and engaging style full of personality and stage presence. She was a star during the Post-Classic Period of Bellydance (1960-1989).  Her technique and style consists of deep muscle work, layering in the hips, mastering weight changes in the feet, and her dynamic shimmies earned her the title of ‘Queen of the Shimmy’. Here is a video of one of her fantastic performances demonstrating her amazing shimmies and personality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pjedXhCJo4&list=PLD2CBD48CCE38A5AC&index=5&feature=plpp_video

 

Egyptian Week 2012 – Ancient Egypt Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Ancient Egyptian civilization is considered one of the greatest in the ancient world. Egyptian innovations included creating early forms of arithmetic, writing (hieroglyphics), inventing the 365-day calendar, and building amazing monuments and structures such as the pyramids of Giza without modern technology to ensure ‘immortality’ for their pharaohs. This National Geographic video shares a glimpse into ancient Egypt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdtgX9ORiW4

Egyptian Week 2012 – Classical Music Facts

Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Classical Egyptian music is made up of highly structured compositions that were influenced by Ottoman Turkish music. This genre of music is sung in classical Arabic, which is the language of the Koran – not the Egyptian dialect.  Singers of this style of music are the most highly respected in society for their skill in representing the complex melodic material. Some of the most famous Classical Egyptian artists are singer Oum Koulsoum and musician Mohamed Abdelwahab. Here is their live hour-long performance of Ente Omri in 1964 (You Are My Life – lyrics by Ahmed Shafik) that includes a slide show of images from the era. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_60aeEmIG0

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Dunya presents Egyptian Week Aug 13-17, 2012! Show off your knowledge of this fun fact at Hafla on the Hill on Aug 17th during the raffle quiz supporting The Girl Effect.

 

Egypt is located in North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Libya is on the west, Sudan is on the south, and the Gaza Strip and the Red Sea make up the eastern border. Egypt covers just over 1 million square kilometers, about the same size as France and Germany combined. Its geography consists of desert aside from the Nile valley and delta. Its population of 76 million speaks their official language, Arabic, and are predominantly Muslim. Here is a map of Egypt with additional facts about the country: http://goafrica.about.com/library/bl.mapfacts.egypt.htm

Horon – Turkish Folkloric

The horon is a lively folkloric dance from the Black Sea region in Turkey. This dance is performed by men only, dressed in black with silver trimmings. The origin of the horon dances of the Black Sea coast is the ancient koron-horon of pagan worship. This word comes from hur-kor, meaning sun. Researchers have identified over fifty variations on the horon in a single region. The dancers link arms and quiver to the vibrations of the kemence, a primitive type of violin.  These dances demand exceptional speed, agility and skill.  Here is a video of a horon performance.