Artists: Hasan Hujari, Joe Namy, Julia Tieke and Mustafa Said with the AMAR Foundation 
Title:  ‘32: The Rescore 
Year: 2020  

12” vinyl
Produced by The Sharjah Art Foundation 


Produced in conjunction with the exhibition ‘32: The Rescore  that took place in Gallery 6, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah Art Foundation, 22 September 2019 - 10 January 2020. Curared by Bhavisha Panchia 

The record features sound and music compositions related to the works presented in the exhibition, including an excerpt of a podcast co-produced by the AMAR Foundation and The Sharjah Art Foundation. 


Joe Namy, Desire to Hear Beyond, 8:51

Hasan Hujairi, About the Time We Didnʼt Wait, 7:20

“Je profite maintenant de l'occasion" (I take the opportunity now), 4:37 min

(Music from Julia Tieke's installation of the same name with Julie Normal on the ondes martenot and Amin Shahin on the arghoul recorded in Cairo at the Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts, Makan and at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin, August 2019.  Mix: Jean Szymczak)


Music Documentation: Ahmad Elsalhi in conversation with Mustafa Said.

Excerpt from the Rawdat al-Balabel Broadcast. Courtesy of the Amar Foundatio, Beirut


Despite its uneven accomplishments, the 1932 Cairo Congress of Arab Music marked a significant period for music in Egypt and other Arab countries. The two-week-long conference, which was directed towards the reformation and renewal of musical forms, brought together musicians and scholars to discuss the future of Arab music, including melodic and rhythmic modes, scales, composition, instrumentation and education. Taking into account the social and historical conditions and factors that shaped the conversations during the congress, 32: The Rescore reconsiders this gathering as a historical event and tilts its focus to occurrences, comments and consequences that arose during its proceedings.

With contributions from artists, musicians and a selection of record labels,’32: The Rescore traces the consequences of the congress into the 21st century, considering a variety of networks and channels, such as concert houses, YouTube, SoundCloud, vinyl records and cassettes, through which contemporary Arab music is accessed and enjoyed. Drawing on the aesthetic, political and cultural debates the congress embraced, the exhibition reflects on the forces that drive and shape contemporary Arab music.

Artists Hasan Hujairi, Jumana Manna, Joe Namy and Julia Tieke bring attention to the political, architectural and discursive sites of Arabic music, while record labels HIZZ, NAAR and NAWA Recordings showcase experimental practices that lie outside categorisations of genre or geographic delineation.  The exhibition considers critical and experimental approaches to music making within fluctuating, asymmetrical political and economic streams, reminding us that musical influence extends beyond geographical or epistemological frontiers to espouse the synthesis and limitless transformation of musical forms.