By: Nourhan Magdi
American Music Abroad (AMA) program sponsored by the US State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo bring U.S. folk band “The T Sisters” to introduce their indie folk sound to Cairo.
The band features the vocal harmonies of sisters Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen. They performed public concerts and collaborated with Egyptian artists and leading workshops.
As part of the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF, tickets EGP 75), the T Sisters collaborated with the Egyptian folk musician Shereen Abdo and performed in an all-female lineup on April 5 at the Greek Campus in downtown Cairo.
Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Dorothy Shea told Egypt Today that the embassy is “really proud to be a partner with the D-CAF and particularly to have with us the T-Sisters, this folk singing ensemble…they harmonize beautifully together and for us we truly believe that music is a universal language that helps us build bridges between our two cultures.”
During a press interview with the band, Sam Werberg, press attaché at the US embassy, said that the idea of the America Music Abroad program is to select new musical groups from America and present them to overseas audience. “We do this to foster cultural relations between countries. The American Voices is a musical organization in America that is managing the America Music Abroad; it selects the musicians and groups every year, and get them ready for the tour and sometimes accompany them.”
“It’s not linked to foreign policy…but here are things we put into considerations when we send the bands, thankfully here in Egypt we have enough safety and security where we can send the band,” Werberg added.