16 Feb

On a flight from Beirut to Cairo, sometime around the end of 2011, Youssra El Hawary was offered her first solo gig.

Armed with her accordion and a certain air of on-stage ease, she has since mapped her path as a professional musician, performing in Egypt and abroad. On her first album No’oum Nasyeen (Forgetful We Rise), which was released last month, the 34-year-old is credited with composing all 11 tracks. She also wrote the lyrics to two of the songs, is the project manager, album producer and one of two designers to work on the cover image.

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