Jerry Guirguis shows
Jerry presents two radio programs on 3WBC – Downtown and Egypt Australia Radio Show (EARS)
Jerry and his family arrived in Australia in 1968 when he was barely ten at which time his wide taste for Egyptian music stood, as it were, frozen still.
That year was a year when Egypt’s arts, both performance, as well as Literary, defined her. It was a year when Egypt, was most blessed by the muses; when these muses lavished upon her the best in all aspects of culture and intellect, growing up Australia is well remembered with fond memories.
From around the turn of the last century and through to the 1950’s Egypt was listening to the wonderful music and lyrics of a great many, very talented, iconic artists.
In Australia, we are now too privileged to have a modest but quite substantial number of home grown bands who share with us their great talent and their deep passion for the music of our roots.
Both EARS and Downtown, are about supporting, as best we can, community services, about nurturing young musical talents, about broadcasting both Egyptian & Australian music and about giving a helping hand, or, a voice in this case, to all those who ask for it.
Jerry believes that EARS is about nurturing the next generation of artists and about instilling and perpetuating a passion for the instruments, the tunes and the special harmonies that have emerged from both countries.
It is his fervent hope that both his radio programs, Downtown and EARS will encourage neighbouring communities to listen with an open heart and a welcoming soul, with an inquiring mind, to each other’s diverse perspectives. This includes being exposed to the wealth of each other’s ideas, works of art and showing a deep interest in all things Australian and Egyptian. This covers everything from food recipes, cultural customs, music, dance, literature and even more.
Downtown and EARS, celebrate the innovative, imaginative musical composers founded the new upbeat music and it is upon those foundations that music today stands tall and proud and is still acutely recognizable, broadcasting on a weekly basis.
We may hear, perhaps, the faint echo of a tune that has been frozen in time inside the vast memory warehouse of our childhood and from that faint echo, be able to fast-forward to the new tunes that show us who we are today.
You would not be surprised to know that i also – like all other humans – endowed with two EARS one of them to drink (as Shakespeare would put it) from the Western Well and the other from the Eastern one. And so, it is from both these wells that the team draws their inspiration and the music they selects to play for their local community audience.
“Western Ear” for Australian~western Artists
- George Formby popular ukulelist 30’s & 40’s
- Bob Dylan
- Australian Rock 60’s & 70’s
- Disco 80’s
- Edith Piaf
- Paul Robeson
- Messiah – Handel
- Soprano Opera singers
- Cecilia Bartoli
“Eastern Ear” for Eastern Egyptian Artists
- Oum Kalthoum
- Abdel Halim Hafez
- Farid Elatrache
- Belly dancing
- Instrumentals – Oud, Violin, Ney