Hamid Al-Saadi with Safaafir: The Maqam of Iraq

Presented in collaboration with the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, AFI brings the legendary, Baghdad-based Hamid Al-Saadi, the world’s foremost living performer of the Iraqi Maqam, to the Atrium stage on March 28th.   Al-Saadi will be joined by Safaafir, the only U.S.-based ensemble dedicated to performing in the Maqam tradition. Leading the ensemble are U.S. born siblings Dena ElSaffar and Amir ElSaffar. …

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ABJEEZ and Ramy Essam

Ramy Essam   Featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, NPR, and in the documentary film The Square, Egypt’s Ramy Essam exploded into international fame as one of the leading voices of the Egyptian revolution in 2011, when his songs spread like wildfire among the demonstrators. During the height of the uprising, his music became the soundtrack of …

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