Ensemble Al-Tanbûrah

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Zakaria Ibrahim, an Egyptian artist, gathered in 1989 three generations of musicians, singers, fishermen and philosophers around their shared love for the simsimiyya, an old five-string lyre mostly played on the shores of the Red Sea. With nostalgia, this group revives ancestral Sufi-inspired music, as well as music about social themes, love and sea adventures.

Since then, they became guardians of these popular melodies. The Al-Tanbûrah ensemble also recites songs of resistance from Port Said, Suez and Ismailia dating from the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Available album : The Simsimiyya of Port-Saïd