Mono Egypt is a compilation of field recordings of various musical cultures of contemporary
Egypt. It has resulted from several-year work with musicians from the Eastern Desert, Nubia,
the Nile Delta, Cairo and the port cities of the Suez Canal. The publication is a fruit of dozens
of recording sessions, registered in private apartments, in gardens, upon rivers, in the back of
bars, on rooftops, in wastelands and in other atypical locations.
Professional artists form one of the last guilds functioning in contemporary Egypt in which
oral tradition still allows transferring knowledge and skills from fathers to sons and from
mothers to daughters. Many of them still produce their own instruments, and all of them tell
the story of unique communities. The compilation is a musical journey across the region
situated at the junction of Africa and Asia – the area characterized by surprising diversity of
instruments, cultures and dialects.
Mono Egypt is the first production of the independent micro-label JuJu Sounds.
This project is aimed at building bridges between musicians of marginalized communities and
niche recipients from around the world. The mission of JuJu Sounds is to revive valuable
music ecosystems, not just sell exotic products.
Mono Egypt will be released in November 2019 as a limited edition of 100 copies of yellow
cassette tapes. The publication will be complemented by the inner story about the work
on the album, about the people we encountered, about instruments and musical cultures.