'Bulaq' - Cairo's Underground Sounds

 

Featured on Nowness only two weeks ago, talented filmmaker/musician Wael Alaa’s new film gives us a brief insight into the world of ‘Mahraganat’, a street music style that has emerged from the ghettos of Cairo, and quickly embedded itself in the city’s urban culture.  The short film film cuts seamlessly between a group of friends biking around their ghetto, and an underground rave. Wael has an undeniable eye for capturing the underlying beauty of these urban areas, and the kinship that their inhabitants have formed, now encapsulated in their own unique sound.