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Egyptian indie supergroup Lekhfa will perform along with Turkish psych folk band Altin Gun at the Barzakh Festival at NYU Abu Dhabi on March 8.

Starring Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca and Tamer AbuGhazaleh, Lekhfa’s songs are inspired by indie rock and electro sounds featuring lyrics based on the work of poet Mido Zoheir. Guests can expect a mix of great vocals, guitar, slide guitar, synths, beat loops, electronica, ouds, buzuq, mizmar, percussion, and harmonium.

Altin Gun is comprised of Turkish, Dutch and Indonesian members. The band mix Turkish folk songs, funk rhythm, wah-wah guitars and analogue organs.


The performances will be complemented by an Off The Stage programme at the university’s arts centre. The Making of Lekhfa, an interactive workshop will see the band dissect several tracks from their album ‘Lekhfa’, giving insight on the creative process, the instrumentation, the role of the poetry, and how it influenced the music making and the structures of their compositions. ‘Altin Gun: Reconstructing Traditional Music with a Modern Interpretation’ will give attendees the chance to work with the entire Altin Gun band as they go on a journey of traditional Turkish Folk history to their modern interpretations of the music. The workshops will take place on March 7 at 7pm.

Tickets, starting at Dh50, are available online.