The group name Al Qahwa is Arabic for “the coffee house”. It was inspired by the coffee house culture in the Middle East where people would go to hear the latest news, music, poetry and stories. The repertoire began with traditional songs from Syria, Egypt and Iraq and then in 2018, the group started adding original repertoire by members of the band. This recording is a cultural collaboration between the regular members of Al Qahwa and two guest artists: Dr. Alfred Gamil – one of Cairo’s treasured violinists/composers who is both steeped in tradition and known for his virtuosic, flirtatious creative presence; and Majd Sukar – a deeply rooted Syrian musician who has adapted the clarinet to Arabic music.

“Cairo Moon” available to purchase on CD Baby:
To buy directly from the band, send email to AlQahwaEnsemble@gmail.com


Canadian Folk Music Awards 2020 – Traditional Music Showcase

April 4, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

The Pourhouse at The Old Triangle, Charlottetown, PEI

Al Qahwa will be one of the nominated groups showcasing at the Canadian Folk Music Awards on Saturday, April 4th from 3 to 4:30 p.m.  We will be performing at The Pourhouse at The Old Triangle Charlottetown, for the popular #TradMusic Showcase featuring nominees from across Canada, including: Còig, Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres, Al Qahwa, #SabinJaques & #RachelAucoin#CONWAY, and Graham Lindsey. Tickets are $20. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Demetrios PetsalakisErnie TollarMaryem Hassan Tollar and Lauren Barnett (who will be subbing in for Naghmeh Farahmand) hope to see you at there!