Shaabi/Mahraganat Combos with Leilah Moon – March 7, 1:00-3:00pm
From the streets of Cairo to the Egyptian cinema, Egypt’s music scene today is dominated by the shaabi and electro-shaabi (mahraganat) genres. Shaabi is a form of popular working-class music from Cairo which evolved from baladi style dance. The newer mahraganat style is influenced by EDM, hip-hop, and reggaeton, making it both very fun to dance to and a challenge for the classic oriental dancer. We’ll dissect lyrics and cultural context, then explore big juicy movements, playful shimmies, and dynamic urban expression set to today’s hits!