CairoKee, the name inspired from both the words Cairo and karaoke meaning singing along with Cairo. The band first started by the name The Black Star performing their favorite covers in both English & Arabic at various gigs around the country.
The band was later officially formed in 2003 consisting of Amir Eid, Tamer Hashem, Sherif Hawary, Adam El-Alfy and Sherif Mostafa.
Cairokee sound changes from Album to Album, reflecting their goals and continuous ambition to sing along with Cairo, which is a fast, paced and ever evolving City.
The idea of writing lyrics, playing music and performing live for local and global audiences (all before the age of 30) is a dream come true for all the band members who have always been childhood friends.
The band has five members, Amir Eid (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tamer Hashem (drums), Adam El Alfy (bass guitar), Sherif Mostafa (keyboard), and Sherif Hawary (lead guitar).
Their first major hit was “Sout El Horeya” which has over 2 Million views on YouTube and was ranked a world record as one of the most watched videos in the shortest period of time. Soon after their success, came “Matloob Zaeem” followed by the popular Coca Cola TV Commercial “Efred Gena7ak”.
Cairokee Featuring Aida ElAyoubi in “Yal Medan” made it as the number one most shared video in the history of Facebook and number six on Twitter worldwide.
The first official album release reached number 2 at Virgin Stories in Egypt for over4 weeks in a row.
Their track record of success-grabbed attention from fans globally which makes Cairokee one of Egypt’s leading underground music producers and artists.
Hawary: Lead guitarist
Sherif Hatem El-Hawary, aka Hawary, is one of the founders of Cairokee. Hawary discovered his passion for music at a young age while watching a movie called “Amadeus” - he watched the movie over 100 times and from then on he figured music is what he wanted to get into. He started by learning to sing and play the guitar. Hawary grew up listening to Rock music and was always inspired by Pink Floyd’s guitarist “David Gilmore”. Hawary is famous for his guitar solos and live performances. Hawary’s favorite artists are “Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave”.
Sherif Mostafa: Keyboard & Backing vocals
Sherif is the youngest and latest member to join Cairokee, starting in 2008. He heard about Cairokee from a friend then contacted Amir “Singer and song writer” to arrange a rehearsal where a new band member was born. It all started with Sherif from a very young age as his parents owned a piano and he would spend his time helplessly playing and experimenting on their piano before getting a real mentor. He grew up listening to different genres of music like “Classic, pop & Rock” but at an older age, he found himself mostly drawn to Rock music. His favorite bands are “Pink Floyd & Coldplay”
Tamer Hashem: Drums
Tamer is also one of the founders of Cairokee. He has been with Cairokee from the very beginning. Tamer was a drum player at school so he decided to excel his skills by becoming the core drummer for Cairokee whilst also managing the group. Tamer’s strongest asset would be his ability to listen to different genres of music and enjoy them all. He listens to “Jazz, pop, R&B, oriental and house” so he is always open to different kinds of music and ideas. Tamer’s favorite band is “Pink Floyd” and one of his favorite artists is “ZAS”.
Amir Eid: Singer & Song writer
Amir grew up listening to bands like Metallica & Guns N Roses. He was always fascinated by the idea of a rock band. Amir, Hawary and Tamer would always hang out and one day they decided to start a band – ironically, before they were even professional coached. At that time, Hawary decided to leave the singing to Amir and focus on playing guitar, and Amir discovered his talent in writing songs. Amir is mostly influenced by Bob Dylan and his favorite band is “Pink Floyd”.
Adam El-Alfy: Bass Guitar
Adam was there from the beginning when forming Cairokee, as he is a close friend to Amir, Tamer and Hawary. After forming the band, Adam travelled to Australia where he studied and learnt to play both the guitar and saxophone. When Adam returned to Egypt, he joined the band as a saxophonist while pursuing a corporate life however the band faced a dilemma when their bassist left during 2007. Adam decided to rejoin Cairokee as the base guitarist. His favorite genres are Rock and Reggae. Adam’s favorite bands are “Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Cold Play” and his favorite artist is “Bob Marley”.
Cairokee latest News:
- Coke Studio بالعربي ("Coke Studio Bel 3arabi") is a music television series in the Middle East and North Africa featuring performances by various Arabic and international music artists.
▪ Episode Airing: 23 May 2012
▪ Episode Theme: Oriental Music meets R&B music
Artists Profile: Saber Al Robai a star of a distinctive voice along Cairokee, the first rock band meet with Shontelle the gifted as both a writer and a singer, which carved a reputation in the Caribbean music world over the last several years. They all come together to create a fusion where the Oriental music meets R&B music
- New album release under the name of “ Wana Maa Nafsy Aaed” and stayed the second best selling at Virgin Megastores for 6 weeks in a row and one of the top ten for three months.
- New video clip with the legendary “ EL Abnoudy” one of the top poets in Egypt.
- Planning to release another album under the name of “Matloob Zaeem” within two weeks in the market.