MazaJ Festival 2010

Festival Events

Festival Artists

Festival Credits



Main Events


Volatile Frequencies Conference
Thu 18 November from 9.30am at City University London, London


Volatile Frequencies Concert
Thu 18 November from 7.00pm at City University London, London


MazaJ Salon –
Recalibrating the Noise: is there a middle eastern sound art?

Sat 20 November from 5.30pm at Café Oto, London


Evening Concert at Café Oto
Sat 20 November from 8.00pm at Café Oto, London


Evening Concert at Café Oto
Sun 21 November from 7:00pm at Café Oto, London



Booking Information


Volatile Frequencies Conference: Free (Students) or £15 (inc. evening concert)


Volatile Frequencies Concert: £5


2 day MazaJ Festival pass:
£22 adv. only


Saturday MazaJ Salon: £5


Saturday MazaJ Concert:
£10 adv/£12 on the door


Sunday MazaJ Concert:
£10 adv/£12 on the door



Produced by


SAM (Sound and Music)
Zenith Foundation



Curated by


Zenith Foundation



Venue Partners


Cafe Oto
City University



Media Partner


The Wire



Supported by


LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange)


Arts Council England




Mutamassik (Egypt / USA)

Mutamassik (meaning ‘Stronghold’ or ‘Tenacity’ in Arabic) a.k.a. Giulia Loli is a producer, DJ, artist, pioneer of Sa’aidi Hardcore, Baladi Breakbeats, transcendental sonic experiments, and relentless rhythms from Pan-Afrabic immigrant sound sources. She has worked with David Byrne’s Luaka Bop, Arto Lindsay, Musicians of the Nile, Elliott Sharp, Bachir Attar, and Kaffe Matthews amongst others and has performed extensively throughout U.S., Africa, Middle East and Europe.
In 1996, Mutamassik founded Sa’aidi Hardcore Productions in Brooklyn, N.Y. and publishing/label KMT BABOMB USA. She currently runs her studio G.G.S.S / Rocca AlMileda from NY, Cairo and Italy. Her discography includes That Which Death Cannot Destroy (2010) and The Commo EP (2009) and her recent press includes The Village Voice, The Wire, Le Monde, African Sun Times, New York Times, and Bidoun – here’s a mix:
“This is inhuman, brutal, awesome break core.” Derek Walmsley – The Wire
“Mutamassik’s pounding Egyptian hip-hop breaks…are serious, sacred, steadfast marching music for the new international breakbeat generation.” Ron Nachmann – URB
“Dans un melange d’electronique et de hip-hop, Mutamassik s’engage dans la reconstruction des Arabesque, melopees de minarets se croisent dans un magma de sons urbains, structures par d’impressionants alliages rhythmiques.” Veronique Mortaigne – Le Monde
“Before the sounds of the Middle East became de rigueur sampling materials for hip-hop, Mutamassik was exploring ways of fusing various sounds and styles into a compelling, challenging whole, shards a-flying all the while.” Wayne Marshall – Wayne & Wax
Mutamassik’s Take the Hit, from That Which Death Cannot Destroy, 2010. Video by G. Loli

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