Cairo Jazz Club has been at the forefront of the live music scene in Cairo for over a decade. And so when they partner up with Mada, who sure love their music - from their anniversary parties to their ‘Playlist’ events making it clear they’re the journalist party starters - you know it's going to be massive. The result of this collaboration is the conceptually unique event series ‘Found In Translation’. 

The idea here is that a written piece previously published on Mada is assigned to a chosen musician and they’re asked to interpret it musically, rehearse it and then perform it for a live audience. Cairo Jazz Club and Mada launched this concept last April, where singer and songwriter Maii Waleed kicked off the first edition with her musical rendition of an article entitled Decrescendo Mohamed Helal, written by Mada Masr contributor Adam Yassin. 

Maii Waleed rehearsing for the first performance back in April

This time around, at the second edition of Found in Translation, the chosen artist is Mohamed Ragab. Some of you know him as Machine Eat Man and some of you have heard of him as Burdizo. The studio scientist and Moog connoisseur was handed a text centred around the freedom of press, which in his own words he turned into “A cinematic and soundtrack-inspired exploration of Arabic electro-acoustic, microtonal synthesis fused in acoustic and oriental beats accompanied by political and personal poems.”

A glimpse of what you missed last time.

But that’s not all, joining him for a rare appearance is Egypt’s beloved electro-vulture Neobyrd and Alexandrian trio Telepoetic, both Mada and CJC favourites. Worthy of mention is that Telepoetic’s Ahmed Saleh collaborated with Maii Waleed on the first volume’s performance. Now if you’re looking for an event that’s genuinely out of the box, and not just offering up the same old with a different marketing approach, we suggest you head down to CJC on Tuesday the 19th of September. Oh, and did we mention it’s free? all you have to do is reserve your spot.

Head to the Facebook event page for info on the event and reservation.