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Youssra Hawary's


Youssra El Hawary’s socially-aware, personal, and original music innovates as much in content as it does in style. In the half-decade since she became a slyly defiant sensation in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution, she is a fixture of Egypt’s independent music scene. El Hawary and her five-piece band meld the sounds of Cairo’s underground with acoustic charm, led by the sway and swagger of El Hawary’s accordion. Her songs entwine French chanson, indie rock, and jazz to underscore an idiosyncratic artistic world.

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Video 9/16/2018: Youssra El Hawary

A musical storyteller of everyday life, Youssra El Hawary captures the tales of Cairo and the alchemy of the Mediterranean basin in her indie sound.

Presented in collaboration with Center Stage, program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Youssra Hawary's