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Standing before a rapt crowd, Ahmed Adel oozes charm with his passionate performance of an Egyptian classic, evoking a romantic nostalgia for Arabic songs of the past.Egypt, a cultural powerhouse in the Arab world, has long enjoyed a booming music industry.In the past, the rise of revered singers, such as Umm Kulthum, Abdel Wahab and another Egyptian Abdel Halim Hafiz among others, saw Cairo billed as the Hollywood of Arab song, attracting talent from across the region.The Egyptian metropolis remains alive with the sound of music.Torn between stage fright and joy, Adel performs regularly at the Arab Music Institute paying tribute to his music idols.During events such as the "Khulthumiat" (the music of Umm Kulthum) or "Wahabiyat" (the music of Abdel Wahab), organized by the 100-year old institute, Adel is often the lead singer with an entire troupe from the Cairo Opera House accompanying his powerful vocals.Music production companies are also seeking to preserve the country's music heritage through younger generations.Egypt's music scene remains vibrant, including electro-Shaabi music, an exuberant popular blend seen by purists as too raucous.
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