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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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© Mahmoud Refat

With no doubt Refat can be characterized as multitalented, restless and über creative; as a sound artist, musician and producer, his works has been released on CD, performed live and installed in spaces. Refat founded the record label 100COPIES Music and the associated live music venue with recording studio called 100COPIES Music Space and Studios. In 2007 he started to organize Cairo’s 100LIVE Electronic Music Festival, which features local and international acts year by year. Besides all these interesting obligations and his work as a part Bikya, Refat has been composing for theater and cinema for the past 15 years.

Bikya – Bikya (100COPIES, 2007)

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Mahmoud Refat & TEN CITIES
Together with Gerriet Schultz, Mahmoud Refat curated and facilitated the fifth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration, which took Berlin's Diamond Version to Cairo in May 2013. Further participants from Cairo were Bikya, Wetrobots and an extended circle of musicians from Egypt.
Sabine Bretz