Launching their first post-pandemic tour of Europe in early June, Massar Egbari is finally pleasing his fans with his long-awaited album Nos El-Hagat (“Half of Things”).
A song named after the album has already been released on the music streaming platforms Spotify, Anghmi, Deezer, iTunes and others, as well as YouTube where they released the song’s lyric video.
Within a week, Nos El-Hagat became one of the most streamed tracks in Egypt across various platforms with nearly 280,000 streams on YouTube alone, maintaining its momentum despite competition from pop, rap and mahraganate releases.
The album is expected to tackle social and romantic subjects in flavors of Eastern indie rock following the catchy recipes of the band’s previous albums; 2018’s El Album (“The Album”), 2015’s Tokaa We Tkoom (“You Fall and Rise”) and 2013’s Eera El Khabar (“Read the News”).
Confirmed to include at least five songs, the album will include a song featuring a famous Egyptian rapper, as revealed by Massar Egbari to Ahram Online on Saturday.
Berlin, Paris and more
Releasing one song every month, Massar Egbai kicked off his Egypt tour with a successful concert in Alexandria on May 6.
They will next perform at the Marquee Theater in the festival city of Cairo in New Cairo on May 27.
Their European tour will begin with their first performance in Berlin, Germany at Oyoun on June 3.
A day later, on June 4, the Alexandrian group will perform at the Pan Piper Theater in Paris in a concert that marks their first appearance in France after more than a decade since receiving the Artists’ Prize for intercultural dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds by UNESCO in 2011. .
The European tour will also include a concert in Belgium but details have yet to be revealed.
Founded in 2005, Massar Egbari is one of the main independent groups in Egypt with its formation of musicians: Hani El-Dakkak (guitar and vocals), Ahmed Hafez (bass), Tamer Attallah (drums), Ayman Massoud (keyboards) and Mahmoud Siam (guitar).
The group is known for many hits like Sabahek (“Your Morning”), Nehayat El-Hakawy (“Ends of Stories”) and Cherophobia which featured famous actress Salma Abu-Deif in its music video.