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(1989 – present)

El Tanbura are a collective of veteran master musicians, singers, fishermen and Sufi philosophers. For the past 17 years they have been custodians to some of Egypt’s oldest folk traditions at their home in Port Said, at the gate to the Suez Canal. Their music is driven by the seductive call of the Simsimiyya - an ancient lyre dating back to the times of the Pharaohs.

The origins of the Simsimiyyia are lost in the mist of time and legend… read more

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