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Sept. 13-14: Egyptian Musicians Set to Perform at Weis Center

Mohamed Abozekry, an oud (lute) master, and his instrumental ensemble Karkadé, will explore classical Arabic music, Sufi music of northern Egypt, and music popular along the Nile River on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The performance is free and tickets are not required.

There will be a free pre-performance talk with the artists on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

Still in his mid-20s, Abozekry brilliantly explores Egypt’s popular and classical music traditions, Sufi calls and secular poetry with a new instrumental project called Karkadé.

Earning a reputation as a musical prodigy, he became the youngest oud professor in the Arab world at the age of 15 and later went on to tour the United States as part of the groundbreaking The Nile Project.

With Karkadéhis new project that he is bringing to the United States for the first time, he evokes the fragrant hibiscus tea found in Cairo and the eponymous French café at which the ensemble was born.

He is joined by Farag Hamouda (ney-flute), Lotfy Aly (violin), Hany Bedeir (riqq-percussion), and Aly Mohamed (dehola/daf-percussion).

The presentation of Mohamed Abozekry & Karkadé is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Trust for Mutual Understanding. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management Inc.

For more information about this free performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

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