Cairokee and Tania Saleh to perform the Wasla Festival

The Arabic indie-music festival returns next month at Dubai Design District

December 15, 2011 - Cairo, Egypt: Sherif Hawary, Amir Eid, Sherif Mustafa (L-R seated in chairs); Tamer Hashem and Adam El Alfy (L-R seated on floor) of the popular band Cairokee photographed in their small studio at Eid's home in Maadi.  (Dana Smillie for The National)
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Egypt’s Cairokee will play at the second Wasla Festival next month.

Held at the Dubai Design District on February 2, the event has a stellar line-up featuring some of the most acclaimed indie-artists in the region.

Joining the Cairo-based five piece will be compatriots Lekhfa, the Egyptian indie super-group led by Maryam Saleh, and who last year released their brilliant eponymous debut album; the fierce Lebanese singer-songwriter Tania Saleh; Jordanian rockers Autostrad; Bahrain folk group Majaz and Algeria's Gnawa Diffusion.

With this line-up, Wasla is fast establishing itself as the premiere event for those looking to hear some of the most innovative sounds to come out from the region. Last year, the festival kicked off with a similarly epic line-up featuring Lebanon’s Mashrou' Leila and Algeria’s Souad Massi.

Tickets are now available from Virgin Megastores with early-bird offers starting from Dh195. Regular tickets are Dh245 and Dh295 on the door. For details got to