Youssra El Hawary

NC State LIVE presents Youssra El Hawary. Photo by David Degner.Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


Pre-show Talk

Arrive early at to meet Youssra El Hawary and join us in a conversation about her groundbreaking work. Talk begins at 7pm in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

About the Performance

Perfect, easy magic. I’m totally hooked on music by this folkie-ish, indie-ish, chanson-ish singer/songwriter from Egypt armed not with a guitar, but … an accordion.”NPR’s All Songs Considered

Egyptian singer-songwriter, Youssra El Hawary, writes music that is as personal as it is socially aware – compositions that innovate as much in content as they do in style. In the half-decade since she became a slyly defiant sensation in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, El Hawary continues to be a bellwether of everyday life. With charismatic charm, her lithe sound captures the stories of Cairo, and the charged alchemy of the Mediterranean basin, all led by the sway and swagger of her accordion.

A fixture of Egypt’s independent music scene, El Hawary and her five-piece band meld the sounds of Cairo’s underground with quirky acoustic charm. Her songs entwine French chanson, indie rock, and jazz to underscore our complicated world.

About the Residency

Check back soon for ways to get involved with events leading up to the performance!

The presentation of Youssra El Hawary 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.