Cairo Liberation Front - Electro Cha3bi For Avant-Garde Lovers
- Stewart Smith
- 25 August 2013
High-energy mix of Arabic rhythms, hip hop and European dance music
Electro cha3bi is the revolutionary new sound from Egypt, a high-energy mix of Arabic rhythms, hip hop and European dance music. With no physical releases, electro cha3bi has spread through social networks and street parties. Thanks to Dutch DJ collective Cairo Liberation Front, these exhilarating sounds are reaching a wider audience. To untrained Western ears, electro cha3bi has affinities with the hyperactive electro dabke of Syrian superstar Omar Souleyman. There are the high BPMs, keening Arabic melodies from sleek digital synths, sampled hand percussion, and whomping electronic basslines. Like dabke, chaabi is celebratory wedding music, but what these new artists do with it is pretty radical. This online mix collects the scene’s wildest sonic experiments from producers like Amr 7a7a, and DJ Kimo. A thrilling listen.