Cairo musicians jam through curfew nights

Cairo musicians jam through curfew nights

CAIRO - For the Egyptian musician Hind and her group, the night-time curfew in Cairo has turned into an opportunity to jam until the sun comes up.

When the curfew comes into force from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am, Hind and her group play traditional Egyptian music throughout the night.

In the Arab world's cradle of culture and home of some of its greatest voices, a night-time curfew has been in place since a deadly crackdown on Islamists on August 14.

It has since been gradually shortened.

In the Makan cultural centre, Hind and her band play all night, as part of a project called "The music of the curfew".

It was born of "the sentiment of musicians who usually work at night and who felt that the curfew hit something they liked the most," says Ahmed el-Maghraby, head of Makan.

"So we decided to take advantage" of it," he said. "As soon as the curfew starts, we listen to our music for hours before closing Makan at the end of the curfew."

The decor inside Makan gives off vibes of traditional Arabic music evenings with its yellow cellar walls, red-carpeted floors and red-and-black wooden chairs.

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