Zikrayat: globalFEST 2011 Led by violinist Simon Shumays, Arab  ensemble Zikrayat plays music found throughout mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Listen to Zikrayat perform at New York's globalFEST 2011.
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Zikrayat In Concert: globalFEST 2011

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Zikrayat: globalFEST 2011

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Zikrayat In Concert: globalFEST 2011

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This concert felt like a step back in time, so it's no wonder that the name Zikrayat translates as memory. Led by violinist Simon Shumays, the music and dance ensemble specializes in smoky, evocative music from mid-20th century Egyptian cinema. Shumays, who studied both Western classical music and Arabic maqam, and the other members of Zikrayat combine Arabic instruments like the nay (end-blown flute) and buzuq (long-necked flute) with violin and percussion to produce their own take on forgotten Egyptian films.