Klaxics is the largest A Cappella ensemble in Egypt, a one-of-a-kind project that anyone can apply to become part of irrespective of age, background or even previous musical experience.
To present classical and contemporary songs in Egyptian dialect, the ensemble uses A Cappella: a classical art of singing that relies solely on human voices rather than musical instruments to make music. Watch this playlist for the project's releases to date.
The ensemble won the first prize of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's Summer Festival Contest 2021, the Cultural Resource "Wijhat" grant in 2021, the Gemini Africa and Wasla Incubation Awards in 2022.
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'.
First prize winner in Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Summer Festival competition
In August 2021, Klaxics won the first prize in "Naghama horra" competition for underground bands and ensembles against 4 other competing bands from Alexandria. Klaxics was the only classical ensemble in the competition and performed 4 songs on stage to the audience of Alexandria for the very first time. Watch behind the scenes and on-stage photos below:
Jury's head, Egyptian renowned soprano Neveen Allouba, praised Dalia's work (that includes vocal arrangement and training) and the overall performance of the vocalists who were participants of different Klaxics workshops in this video:
Winner of the Wijhat program grant from Culture Resource
Kalxics won a grant from Wijhat program affiliated to the Culture Resource. Members of the project were supposed to travel to Lebanon for training at Fayha Choir, but due to the economical challenges there only Dalia was able to make it. She went through extensive training on leading choirs in different locations in Lebanon. Watch her inspiring trip in this video:
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 fourth workshop - September 2021
This workshop was one of the most unique workshops. For the first time, the team produced a medley of songs for the great musician Mohamed Fawzy who was the first Egyptian musician to introduce A Cappella to the Egyptian music scene with the song "Kallemni Tammenni" in 1956. Watch the song from here:
Klaxics second and third workshop - February and July 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.