Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi attends UAE premiere at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi attended the UAE premiere of Sufism vs. Modernism by the Arab world’s only Grammy and BBC Awards winner Fathy Salama and renowned Egyptian Sufi chanter Sheikh Mahmoud Tohamy, along with the Zanzibari Taarab & Kidumbak Ensemble, presented by Dhow Countries Music Academy (DCMA).
Curated by Executive Artistic Director of The Arts Center Bill Bragin, and in collaboration with the NYUAD Music Program, the event was held in The Red Theater. Expanding on the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development’s Al Burda platform to support contemporary Islamic arts and culture, Sufism vs Modernism brought the sounds and rhythms of traditional Sufi chanting and contemporary Egyptian jazz together in a unique harmony of Arabic sounds. Meanwhile, DCMA’s concert blended the instrumental colors of Western Indian Ocean culture with the African-Arab synthesis of Taarab music.
Her Excellency Al Kaabi commented: “I am delighted to see The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi’s presentation of such a stimulating concert for the local audience that celebrates the depth and breadth of Islamic culture in its many forms.”
Bragin said: “Presenting tonight’s concert was very much inspired by The Arts Center’s participation in the Al Burda Festival last year, and the tremendous response to this platform for supporting contemporary expressions of Islamic art. We are delighted that Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi and so many of her colleagues from the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development were able to attend. Their involvement has been central to the success of the event, and deeply appreciated by the artists as well as by all of us at NYUAD.”
Presenting music, theater, dance, film, and interdisciplinary performances that defy definition, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi is a performing arts center that presents distinguished professional artists from around the world alongside student, faculty, and community productions.