Cairo Liberation Front
Cairo Liberation Front
Cairo Liberation Front
Cairo Liberation Front
Cairo Liberation Front
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Cairo Liberation Front

Electro Cha3bi, Netherlands
Booker: Marijn Westerlaken
+31 (0)6-42633573 - marijn@blipagency.com
Territory: Benelux
Cairo Liberation Front (CLF) is the eclectic musical vehicle of producers Joep Schmitz and Yannick Verhoeven. What impulsively began as two geeky, somewhat naive Dutch devotees of Egyptian electro-cha3bi, blossomed into an infectious musical exchange between artists from both the Middle East and Western Europe. Since their genesis, CLF’s rousing DJ sets and headstrong punk rock ethos earned them worldwide recognition, most notably from The Guardian, the New York Times and The Quietus. For their upcoming record, both Schmitz and Verhoeven assume more of a behind-the- scenes curatorship role, seeking out collaborations with the likes of Cairo rap pioneers Sadat & Fifty, Iraqi/Dutch vocalist Meis (aka Bagdaddy) and Syrian keyboard virtuoso Rizan Said.

After being shown footage of Cairo-based keyboard virtuoso Islam Chipsy, the duo was triggered in that same rabid, life-changing fashion as when they first discovered rock music. In many ways, it felt like both revelation and revolution. After some extensive googling, Schmitz and Verhoeven discovered the cha3bi- movement was bubbling up in Cairo at a blistering pace, aptly coinciding with the Arab Spring.

Electro-cha3bi wasn’t just rousing, highly infectious and original music, it felt innately important to spread the word. In a burst of enthusiasm, Schmitz and Verhoeven assembled tracks and created mixtapes to promote cha3bi in Europe. With a sole motivation in mind: the music’s novel juxtaposition of Western and Middle-Eastern sounds, and the anarchic way these tracks come about… electro- cha3bi HAD to be heard all over the world.

In just their first year together, CLF’s infamy quickly mushroomed, publishing mixtapes for The Quietus, The Guardian and German radio station WDR. The

group earned publications from the likes New York Times, Afropop Worldwide and Okay Africa. The stirring CLF live shows caught on quickly as well, with electrifying sets at festivals such as Dour, Pukkelpop, Best Kept Secret, Amsterdam Dance Event, Incubate and Fusion. CLF expanded their oft- bewildering sets very organically, adding new visuals and a belly dance extravaganza to boot.

Over the next few years, CLF had to carefully reassess how to present their giddy quest to spread cutting-edge Middle-Eastern sounds to audiences around the world. To bolster this ideal further, they initiated, EURABIA, a self-curated club night inviting groundbreaking artists from all over the Middle-East, not just Egypt, namely Rizan Said, Acid Arab, Islam Chipsy, Maurice Louca and Mehmet Aslan.

After being exposed to so much new visionary music, Verhoeven and Schmitz were struck with a jolts of inspiration yet again. As it turns out, their love for electro-cha3bi was just the root of their own musical journey. Straight off, CLF became inspired to compose and create music themselves, using original ideas as a vessel to translate the EURABIA-spirit into a record. The first result is the EP Nymphaea Caerulea, a clash of CLF’s oblique Middle-Eastern-inspired sonics and the psychedelic jams of San Francisco-based beatmaker AI Lover. The record was released by Höga Nord Rekords.

“Yalla!” 

Booking Info

Booker

Marijn Westerlaken
+31 (0)6-42633573
marijn@blipagency.com

Territory

Benelux

Presskit

AGENDA

2018

Festival Mundial
Tilburg
MadNes Festival
Ameland
De Leuke Festival
Utrecht

HISTORY

2018

Neushoorn
Leeuwarden

2017

Paradiso (Noord Tolhuistuin)
Amsterdam (NL)
Simplon
Groningen (NL)
Leffingeleuren
Dijlefeesten
Mechelen
Totaal Festival
Bladel
LaLaLand
Harderwijk
Muziekgieterij
Maastricht

2016

Charlatan
Ghent (BE)
ADE - Paradiso
Amsterdam (NL)
One Festival
Haacht (BE)
Solar Weekend
Roermond
Gebr. De Nobel
Leiden (NL)
Oerol
Terschelling (NL)
Mandala Festival
Wanroij
Plugged Festival
Eindhoven
Plakfestival
Nijmegen
Platform Theater
Groningen

2015

Gebr. De Nobel
Leiden (NL)
LAC studios
Eindhoven
Openluchttheater Amersfoort
SunGrooves
Ravenstein
Pukkelpop
Kiewit / Hasselt
Zwarte Cross
Lichtenvoorde
Welcome To The Village
Leeuwarden
Best Kept Secret
Hilvarenbeek
De Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap
Groningen
Hall of Fame
Tilburg
Dauwpop
Hellendoorn
Bevrijdingsfestival Overijssel
Zwolle
Winkel van Sinkel
Utrecht
Eurosonic
Groningen

2014

Witte de Withkwartier
Rotterdam
Sniester Festival
Den Haag
Podium Asteriks
Leeuwarden
Cultuurbarbaar festival
Leiden
Kindergarten Festival
Tilburg
Tivoli De Helling
Utrecht
Burgerweeshuis
Deventer
Westway Lab
Guimaraes
Noorderslag
Groningen