Travelling abroad annually to represent Egypt in international folklore festivals, the AUC folklore group, accompanied by the AUCeyat music group, performed their first concert of the semester, Monday.
Ahmed Abdel Hady, president of the AUCeyat music group said, “the concert exceeded our expectations”. Abdel Hady, who is also a dancer in the folklore group, said that the audience turnout was quite good, considering that during these times many people do not attend activities or prefer to leave campus before dark.
Omar Zaki, integrated marketing communications and business senior, believed the sound quality was not that good in Bassily hall.
“I could not understand the lyrics of many songs,” Zaki said, “because the sound was echoing and not clear, this made me feel a bit bored towards the end of the concert.”
Art senior Mostapha Al Qammar, a musician of the AUCeyat group, said he found the sound quality to be fair. “It was not the best possible, but it was not bad either,” he said.
Donia Mazen, Communication and Media Arts junior said, “the concert was very interesting and I did not expect I would enjoy it that much.”
Members of both groups travelled to France for a 21-day tour in July 2010, where they performed in eight different cities. They were invite to perform in different international folklore festivals in France, alongside folklore groups from other countries such as Russia, Spain, China, Peru, and Colombia.
“It was a wide tour where we visited eight cities in France,” Al Qammari said. “It was an amazing experience especially because we were performing for a completely different culture than ours."
AUCeyat and the folklore group are performing their second concert, April 10 in Ewart Hall, and they are expected to perform in the international day, April 3.