APTLI Friday Feature: Arab Music, a Glimpse into the Soul of a Culture

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Online via Zoom
@ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This lecture is offered as part of the Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Language Institute (APTLI) and is open to to students and the public.


Folk dancer and teaching artist Karim Nagi will demonstrate various musical instruments from around the Arab world. Through each instrument, and explanation of its creation & function, audiences observe a different aspect of Arab culture. This interactive performance includes language & geographical background, that helps illuminate the commonalities & shared culture, along with the variety & diversity found around the Arab world.

Karim Nagi

Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian and American citizen. For the past 30 years he had been touring the globe to teach and perform Arab music & folk dance. He has authored dozens of instructional videos, conducted workshops and given lectures. His TEDx Talk “The Tambourine, My Partner in Diplomacy & Disruption” illustrates how he uses music to advocate for his culture and counter xenophobia.