Special Announcement: Halim El-Dabh

Halim El-Dabh

It may be hard to imagine, but electronic music is at least 100 years old! It is particularly well established in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Africa is generally not considered to have produced electronic music pioneers, however, an Egyptian composer, Halim El-Dabh, created one of the first electronic works ever in 1944. His earliest compositions predate the French musique concrète school by several years. It is with great pride that we announce that Halim El-Dabh, the father of electronic music in Africa, will be attending the Unyazi festival in 2005. He will perform his works live, and will also be actively involved in the paper sessions, workshops, and in creating an awareness of electronic and electroacoustic music amongst young composers.

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