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Guest Curators

In line with BBIMF’s strategy to develop the festival as a platform for innovation and a support system for artists, and following the great success of the collaboration with guest curator Wael Koudaih (aka Rayess Bek) in 2016, BBIMF extends the 2017 invitation to Cairo-based Egyptian composer and musician Maurice Louca.

Maurice Louca
Guest Curator BBIMF 2017

Hailed as an “electronic wizard” by the BBC and “an exciting underground musician… with a post-everything attitude” by The Guardian, Maurice is inspired by many influences, from psychedelia to Egyptian shaabi. His second album, “Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan” (Salute the Parrot), was released on Nawa Recordings in November 2014 and shattered the conventions of musical and cultural labelling. It received widespread critical acclaim and was dubbed a game-changer for the region’s bustling independent music scene. As well as being the co-founder of the bands Bikya, Alif and Dwarves of East Agouza, Maurice has lent his sound to numerous projects, composing for theatre, film and contemporary dance.

A long-time collaborator with BBIMF, Maurice performed in the first edition of the festival in 2013, and participated in the BBIMF European tour in 2013 and 2014. For more information: www.mauricelouca.com

Wael Koudaih (a.k.a. Rayess Bek)
Guest Curator BBIMF 2016

Wael Koudaih was born in Nabatieh, Lebanon in 1979. Since 2002, he goes by the pseudonym “Rayess Bek”. A major Hip Hop and urban music creator and performer in the Arabic speaking world, Wael is an author, composer, and interpreter, who has released seven albums and performed in over 400 concerts worldwide.

In 2014 Wael Koudaih co-directed with Nancy Naous (choreographer) The Third Circle, an installation and a performance based on interviews made in Lebanon with several Muslim scholars, religious leaders and experts in Islamic law.

In 2012, Wael produced Goodbye Schlöndorff, an audio-visual performance that combines intimate messages recorded on cassettes and sent to loved ones in times of war, with short sequences from the film Circle of Deceit and its making-of, directed by Volker Schlöndorff.