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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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Formed in 2005, Bikya is undoubtly all about a new sound; the three members, Mahmoud Waly, Mahmoud Refat and Maurice Luca, came together to create a music where acoustic and electronic experimentation blend, where the complexities and contradictions of the “live” experience translate into dynamic artistic innovation. With a solid acoustic trio of drums, bass, guitar/synthesizers and along electronic experimentation, Bikya is constantly creating a fusion of styles - thereby crushing lables and genres. In 2007 they released their self titled debut album Bikya with the Cairo based label 100COPIES, and from then on have intensively toured in the Arab world and Europe.

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Bikya participated in the fifth TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration, which took the renowned German producers Alva Noto and Byetone (Diamond Version) from Berlin to Cairo in May 2013. Further participants from Cairo were Wetrobots and an extended circle of musicians from Egypt. The Egypt phase was curated and facilitated by Bikya's Mahmoud Refat together with Berlin based Gerriet Schultz (Adaptr.org).

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