Dina El Wedidi

Dina El Wedidi

The protégée

Published in 2013

Singled out for the originality of her voice and style by all who hear her, Egyptian Dina El Wedidi has made her mark on her country’s music scene over the past six years.

El Wedidi started composing songs when she was young and during university in Cairo where she studied languages. Her songs are infused with the political concerns of Egypt. From 2007 to 2010, El Wedidi worked as a singer and actress with the El Warsha Theatre Troupe, exploring Egyptian folklore and performing in such unlikely places as a Cairo prison. During this period (2009 to 2010), she also performed classical Egyptian and Arab songs with the Habayebna band, before establishing her own band in 2011. El Wedidi performed at Cairo’s Jazz Festival in 2013 with her mentor Gilberto Gil, who gave her advice on her debut album, on which he will be a guest performer. “My meeting with Gil in Cairo was the most important event in the year; singing with him in the same festival was a great honour, especially him being in my country,” she says. In addition, El Wedidi benefited by being with Gil at the Montreux Jazz Festival.