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Omnia Hegazy: Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan

posted on: May 21, 2015

Aquila Music

Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy combines guitar-driven American pop/rock and maqam-based Arabic folk with charged lyrics about women’s rights and political freedom, her faith and the struggle to combat perceptions of Muslim women.

She is a graduate of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The daughter of an Italian-Catholic mother and an Egyptian-Muslim father, she was born in California and raised on Staten Island. At Wesleyan, Hegazy was accompanied for the first time outside of New York City by drummer Max Maples, bassist Carl Limbacher, electric guitarist Coyote Anderson, and Natalia Perlaza on Arabic percussion and tabla.

The event was part of Muslim Women’s Voices at Wesleyan, which was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters: Building Bridges: Campus Community Engagement Grants Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.