Egyptian singer and songwriter, Dina El-Wedidi was recently listed on Time Magazine as Next Generation Leader, alongside nine other trailblazers.
Apart from El-Wedidi, the list includes diverse young people from Nigeria, Brazil, Sweden, Somalia, South Korea, India, Spain and US, all forging new paths known to their respective fields from music to sports, politics, and sustainability.
El-Wedidi was referred to as a ‘Voice of Hope’, as an article for the magazine highlighted how her music “draws from history to inspire change for the future”.
El-Wedidi had several performances with a group of styled musicians including Fathy Salama, Masar Egbar (Forced way) band, Hany Adel and others.
After forming her own band in 2011 through her debut album titled ‘Turning Back’, which was released in 2014 and her recent one ‘Slumber’ released in 2019, El-Wedidi has been fusing heritage sounds with influences from underground rock, jazz, and electronic music.
The feature by Joseph Hincks highlights moments in El-Wedidi’s career that have brought about change, such as her involvement in The Nile Project, as well as the Khalina Nehlam (Let Us Dream) operetta with other Arab musicians. Capturing the Arab Spring of 2011, the operetta encouraged young people to keep their dreams and hopes alive.
Under the mentorship of iconic Brazilian musician Gilberto Gil, El-Wedidi went on a tour in 2013 after winning Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Thereafter, she has gone on to perform internationally, both in Europe and Africa at large.
Also this year, she will be on a European tour as part of a combined collaboration led by Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran titled Sodassi; a project that explores the region’s musical future and history.
The singer has held several concerts in various cultural places in Egypt and successfully created a fan base that appreciates the genre of music she offers.
Wedidi is also a guitarist, daf player, actress, composer, and a storyteller.
El-Wedidi will be performing a concert at Cairo Opera House on Tuesday, May 21st, in the Open Theater. The concert comes as part of Ramadan cultural nights held throughout the period.