Musicians of the Nile

Coming from the furthest reaches of Upper-Egypt, wearing thick, dark gallabiyas, majestically covered by their turbans, the Musicians of the Nile have crisscrossed Europe over the last 20 years, performing at festivals and cultural events. Their concerts, beyond the simple ethnic encounter, are a breath of spontaneity, dotted with a gust of percussion. Like the ancient bards of time past, the difference is that they move through space and cultures as comfortably on an airplane as on the back of a donkey. Virtuosos of the rababa, a viola made of horsehair, coconut shell and Nile fish skin, they submerge our senses in a cascade of trills. The bow of the viola glides, drums and jumps on the horsehair. The Musicians of the Nile represent a symbol, since 1975, as the first so-called Arab Music group to obtain widespread popularity, long before the emergence of an Arab-oriental style and rai.