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Gloomy pop dirges in the model of HTRK, from Cairean singer Abdullah Miniawy and German duo Carl Gari, following suit with their 2016 collaboration for TTT.
“We first met in 2015. A friend of mine worked at the Goethe-Institute in Cairo. When I talked to her on Skype she told me of Abdullah Miniawy and his music. She thought we would be a perfect match - music-wise and on a personal level too. Some months later she brought Carl Gari to Egypt as part of a Goethe-Institute funded project. We met Abdullah on our first day in Cairo and got along with him immediately. So we spent our whole time there together in the studio - we didn`t even go to see the pyramids - recording the four tracks that came out one year later as our „Darraje“ EP on The Trilogy Tapes. I shot the cover photography depicting Tahrir square and the burnt former parliament building of Egypt. The whole picture represents the extremely tense atmosphere of the post-revolutionary country ruled by a ruthless military dictatorship regime quite well. And this atmosphere clearly had an impact on our music. After „Darraje“, we became best friends and the artistic vision of Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy grew so important to us that we could overcome all bureaucratic and financial difficulties that resulted from creating and recording new music together between Cairo and Munich.
As the Al-Sisi regime intensified the oppression on artists that speak out freely against the government and religion, Abdullah clearly had to leave Egypt to save his ass. After horrible months of uncertainty he finally got some kind of legal status in France. Since then we are operating between Paris and Munich, while we record pretty much everything in a remote house in the Bavarian Forest (the little town there is called Neunburg vorm Wald, would be great to see it in an article, could definitely need some coverage). Apart from the recording sessions with all four members of the Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy project, Till Funke and me (Jonas Yamer) spend most of our lifetime on songwriting, arranging, producing and mixing the material in Munich.
The lyrical centerpiece of our new record „The Act of Falling from the 8th Floor“ is the poem of „B'aj بعاج“, where Abdullah as the protagonist is committing suicide through jumping from the 8th floor of a building in Cairo. While falling down he describes the scenes that happen on the balconies - a scene for each floor and its balcony - and paints a dark picture of Egyptian society. Last but not least I think this whole story of how we found each other and fought for doing our thing together is an authentic example of intercultural communication simply because it was never about intercultural communication or some kind of cheesy fusion. We are certainly not your world musicians. Our project is a living proof that artistic passion cannot merely adress the absurdities of modern politics but actually overcome them.”