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Sallie Pisch


Sallie specializes in photojournalism and live music photography. She spends most of her time with musicians and children, and the rest covering politics or turning words into art. She was supposed to be in Cairo for six weeks, and now it's been six years. Maybe there's something in the water...?

We Love the New Single by Egyptian Rock Band ‘Sada That’

We Love the New Single by Egyptian Rock Band ‘Sada That’

  From the first seconds, the recently released music video for “Laffa” embraces the uniqueness and willingness to experiment that has worked so well for Egyptian rock band Sada That over the years.   Directed by Noha Amin, the video’s retro vibe adds an entirely different – yet complimenting – dimension to the strong, melodic […]

Rediscovering Cairo: Khan El-Khalili

Rediscovering Cairo: Khan El-Khalili

This is the first in a series of articles ‘rediscovering’ the city – the sights, smells, and adventures of places we’ve been to once or twice and forgotten all about or never gotten around to revisiting.

Recently, we ventured back into the maze of Khan El-Khalili for the first time in years, seeking out the monuments of Moez Street, the fame and hype of El Fishawy, and a few nicknacks for a first-time visitor.   The #market we spent yesterday hanging out around. #Cairo #cairostreets #latergram A photo posted by Charley […]

Egypt’s Finest Voices Bring Us Oscar-Winning Soundtracks

Egypt’s Finest Voices Bring Us Oscar-Winning Soundtracks

For the last two nights we have been wonderfully serenaded by some of the finest voices in Egypt, and from the comfort of our own homes no less!   Hearkening back to the days when Nady ElCinema was the only way Egyptians could hear music from the west, Monday and Tuesday’s ‘Nady ElCinema’ program on Sahibet Al-Saada, […]

A Fresh Dose of ‘Morning Coffee’ with HanyMust’s Newest Single

A Fresh Dose of ‘Morning Coffee’ with HanyMust’s Newest Single

  We were thrilled to wake up this morning to a new single from HanyMust, one of our favorite Egyptian singer-songwriters. “Morning Coffee” is cheerful, upbeat, and had us walking around humming along with a smile even before our actual morning coffee kicked in.   “For once I’m releasing a cheerful song, yes,” Hany told […]

Lessons from a Survivor: 11 Tricks for Life in Cairo

Lessons from a Survivor: 11 Tricks for Life in Cairo

  Cairo is a city of extremes. Much as her people love their food extra salty and their tea super sweet, Cairo herself is vibrant yet stagnant, rich yet poor, inflexible yet accepting, all at once. She is not an easy city to live in or an easy city to love, but once she seeps […]

#CairoGigs: Jordan’s Random House Brings Neo-Sufi Music to Cairo

#CairoGigs: Jordan’s Random House Brings Neo-Sufi Music to Cairo

Classical Arabic music speaks to Jordanian musician Qais Raja in such a way that he formed a band, Random House, to blend its elements into a modernized sound that can be understood globally.   In ripped, faded jeans, flip-flops, and long dreads that curl a bit at the ends, Raja is unassuming and down-to-earth. We […]

World’s First Travel Photo Collection Is of Egypt, and It Just Sold for $12k

World’s First Travel Photo Collection Is of Egypt, and It Just Sold for $12k

  A partial collection of photographs of Egypt taken in 1849-1851 by renowned French photographer Maxime du Camp brought $12,390 at auction Thursday.   The auction lot featured 59 salt prints from du Camp’s collection ‘Egypt, Nubia, Palestine and Syria.’ Published in 1952, there were 125 original photographs in the collection.   Most interesting about […]

Top 10 Releases by Egyptians in 2016 (So Far)

Top 10 Releases by Egyptians in 2016 (So Far)

As summer draws to a close and we start heading back from Sahel to the real world, here at Scoop Empire we thought we’d give you a great home-grown playlist to make your re-entry a little bit easier. So, we’ve put together a list of the top releases by Egyptian artists so far in 2016. […]

Bringing Hope and Love from Palestine to America

Bringing Hope and Love from Palestine to America

Picture a Palestinian boy, 14 years old and about to enter high school. His name is Alaa and he’s wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt and wields a hammer. He and a few other young people are working to fix up the home of an under-privileged woman in… Petersburg, Virginia?   Yes, you read that […]

31 Gorgeous Photos That Will Make You Want to Stop Everything and Go to Fayoum

31 Gorgeous Photos That Will Make You Want to Stop Everything and Go to Fayoum

Whether you’ve ever been to Egypt’s Fayoum or not, we can all appreciate its unique beauty. From Lake Qaroun to the desert, the Valley of the Whales to the pottery workshops of Tunis Village, Fayoum is more beautiful than you ever knew.                           […]

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