Serpent presents... Hakim's
Washington DC Concert
Rates a "C" A ReviewbyTaaj
I was understandably excited to be selected as one of the opening dancers
for Hakim's show in Washington D.C. on October 3, 2004.From the moment I found out about the concert,
it was like nothing I'd ever experienced.
I could find no information about the
concert anywhere. Evidently, this concert was
one of those things you just had to know about.There was no ticket outlet, no web page, and you couldn't pay
by credit card over the phone or online.
When I arrived at the
Crystal City Hilton where the concert was being held, I realized the
reason for the lack of advertising. The show was being run and
wasattended mostly by Egyptians!If you have ever been to Egypt, you will know what I mean when I say it was a "Totally
Egyptian" experience . It was haphazard,
not on time, and I was not sure that it was going to happen at all.
The doors were supposed to open at p.m. and my show was supposed
to start at . Both ofthese target times were
an hour behind schedule. Another local performer danced right after
me and ended her show around p.m., which was when Hakim was
supposed to appear.After an hour of cooling our heels, the audience
started chanting, "Hakim! .Hakim! .Hakim!"
When he didn't show by a.m., people began
andask for their money
back. They didn't believe he was coming at all.To tell the truth, I didn't
At in the morning, his band streamed in,
quickly sat down, and started to play.Hakim opened with "AsalāmuAlaykum." The crowd
was up on its feet and never sat down.The music was so fast that there was no way to dance to it, but
we all clapped and most of the audience also sang along.
was full of energy and seemed to really enjoy himself on stage.He was a lot of fun to watch. He smiled
as he sang and spread love around the room.His strong, loud voice never wavered.
threw in some dance steps that were the cutest movesyou
performance was a most entertaining 45 minutes!
What wasn't entertaining
was witnessing the strangely anomalous sight of drunken
was surprised to see Arab girls who were under the influence of alcohol yelling obscene propositions
at Hakim.They were not dressed
to the nines as I've seen in other places, but looked rather American
in apparel, and their behavior would have been unacceptable anywhere.
It was an eye-opening
experience for me. I would have to admit that I definitely had fun, but the
entire experience was tiresome and surprising, as only Egypt can be. Except for the tardiness and brevity of Hakim's performance, he rates an "A".
The rest of the night was disappointment after disappointment for me.Still,
I'd suggest you see Hakim if given the chance. Just be aware that
it's probably not going to be like any other concert you have ever