Musician Fathy Salama started playing piano in Cairo jazz clubs at age 13, and has since been recognized for his combinations of traditional Arab music and jazz, winning a 2005 Grammy award for his collaboration with Youssou N’Dour on the “Egypt” album. Salama discusses his music and participation in the Arabesque festival. Continue reading
On Thursday’s NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown reports on three artists from Cairo with their own perspectives on the fascinating city he visited earlier this year: jewelry maker Azza Fahmy, conceptual artist Lara Baladi and dancer and choreographer Karima Mansour.
An ambitious, three-week festival called “Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World” opens at the Kennedy Center in Washington Monday. Jeffrey Brown offers the first in a series of broadcast and online reports around the festival and the artists it is showcasing. Continue reading
Reporting from Egypt, Lebanon and Kuwait during the transition to the new presidency, Jeffrey Brown spoke with locals about their reactions to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Continue reading
Hours after ordering the closure of the Guantanamo prison within a year, President Barack Obama Thursday named veteran troubleshooters as special envoys to the Middle East and Afghanistan as he moves to repair America’s tarnished image abroad. Continue reading