The main idea of the project is using ِ A Cappella (a prestigious classical singing art that depends exclusively on human voices rather than musical instruments for making music) for singing folklore, pop and original songs that relates to the public in Egyptian Arabic.
What does "Klaxics" mean?
Klaxics (or Kalaxkeyat in Arabic) is a portmanteau between the two words “klaxon” and “classics”. It represents the main purpose of the project which is introducing classical arts to Egyptians who are surrounded everyday with noisy Klaxons and loud music and involving talented non-professionals as well in classical singing.
- Introducing A Cappella and classical arts in a relatable context for Egyptians audience (songs they can understand and relate to).
- Fighting cultural elitism by introducing classical renditions of pop songs and involving talented non-professionals in classical singing.
- Changing common perception on classical arts in Egypt (irrelevant to the culture, hard to perform, only for special audience...etc.)
- Klaxics is the first and only Egyptian A Cappella group led by a female musician.
- Dalia arranges and writes the music notations for different voices in A Cappella, trains the vocalists and sings as a mezzo-soprano.
- All the team members, including the founder, are self-taught musicians of different ages and background with a large percentage of women contributing to different songs.
- Children as young as 10 years old joined previous Klaxics productions.
- Many members of Klaxics, including Dalia, were previous members of Fayha choir which Dalia considers as the 'mothership of all Arabic A Cappella troupes'.
Klaxics first workshop - April 2018
44 participants sang "Inaudible words"; the first-of-a-kind song to promote for social inclusion of the deaf and hearing-impaired. The lyrics were co-written by Dalia and Maram Osama and Dalia arranged it for A Cappella based on “Ode To Joy” music from the 9th symphony for Beethoven (which he composed after being almost deaf). Dalia chose it for the powerful subtle message of what the deaf and hearing-impaired can offer to the world and humanity. This song was chosen to participate in the Global Ode To Joy initiative to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday. It was the only Egyptian and Arabic song among the entries from more than 70 countries. Check the audience reaction here and photos from the workshop here!
Workshop product and testimonials:
Klaxics second workshop - February 2021
Despite COVID-19 challenges, Klaxics second workshop took place with 10 participants who gathered, with physical distancing, for 4 days of extensive training on 4 songs of Dalia's arrangement. Recording and shooting was supported by "Art for Social Change" program in partnership with DICE and British Council Egypt.
Ali ya Ali
Klaxics version of “Ali Ya Ali” (a popular Egyptian pop song) got more than 3.8 million organic views. Check the audience reaction here!
Mafeesh Saheb-Habanera fusion
Klaxics unique fusion between “Mafesh Saheb Yetsaheb” and Habanera aria (for Bizet). Check the audience reaction here!
“Make me a channel of your peace” Egyptian cover
Dalia wrote Egyptian lyrics to the melody of the song "Make me a channel of your peace" and presented it on several occasions with piano accompaniment. Arranging it for Klaxics in A Capella, the song was selected by the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM) to participate in the World Choral Music Day 2020.