Showing posts with label Egypt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Egypt. Show all posts

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Ramzi Salti Discusses Music of Arab Spring Using Zoom Video Communications

Watch at https://youtu.be/zNaTLgmmJ4s

On November 16, 2018, Stanford Lecturer + Arabology radio host Dr. Ramzi Salti discussed the music of the Arab Spring with a remote audience using Zoom Video Communications, a company operating from San Jose, California that provides remote conferencing services using cloud computing. 


You can watch the lecture below or at this link: https://youtu.be/zNaTLgmmJ4s



This lecture  was meant to along with this YouTube Playlist (or scan below to get to Playlist): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Scan code above to go to Playlist

This lecture was presented to the fellows in the Stanford Global Studies Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) program. More info below.

 Arab Spring Music: From Revolution to Revelation
An Audio Visual Lecture by Dr. Ramzi Salti (author30@gmail.com) 
Lecturer at Stanford University + Radio Host of ‘Arabology’ @KZSU 90.1 FM 

Dr. Salti's Arab Spring Music YouTube Playlist

1. Noor - Don't Wanna (Arab Spring / ربيع العرب)

2. El général, the voice of Tunisia, english subtitles

3. My word is Free ( كلمتي حرة ) , English Subtitled (Tunisian revolution)

4. Emel Mathlouthi - Kelmti Horra (Orchestral Version) (+English, French and Arabic Lyrics)

5. Revolutionary Art: Ramy Essam and The Protest of Tahrir Square

6. Ramy Essam at 60 Minutes - CBS News تعذيب رامى عصام 9 مارس

7. Music Amidst Revolution

8. Ramy Essam - Bread Freedom

9. Cairokee - Ethbat Makanak - (English subtitles)

10. Cairokee ft Aida El Ayouby Ya El Medan (English Subs)

11. Massar Egbari - Wana Kol Ma2ol | وأنا كل ماقول - مسار إجباري

12. Massar Egbari - E2ra El Khabar | مسار إجباري - اقرا الخبر

13. Massar Egbari - Read The News

14. Eskenderella Short Report

15. Eskenderella – Safha Gedeeda

16. Youssra El Hawary - El Soor

17. Ibn Thabit feat. MC Swat - Victory or Death (English Subtitles)

18. Ibn Thabit نداء لشباب ليبيا إبن ثابت

19. Khaled M ft Lowkey - Can't Take Our Freedom

20. Souad Massi - Raoui English translation

21. Souad Massi – Raoui (Live)

22. Rachid Taha - Ya rayah (English subtitles)

23. Amine AUB & Masta Flow - Kan Ya Ma Kan (Music Video) | أيوبي و ماسطا فلو - كان ياما كان

24. Mashrou Leila on Dateline: Rocking the Middle East

25. Mashrou' Leila - Ghadan Yawmon Afdal

26. Zeid and the Wings - GENERAL SULEIMAN

27. Zeid Hamdan and Maryam Saleh | Eslahat

28. Fareeq El Atrash - Lawein & Ba'ed Min Hon (Video Clip)

29. Tania Kassis - Islamo-Christian AVE (live at l'Olympia) | تانيا قسيس - الصلاة الإسلامية المسيحية

30. Tania Kassis - Watani (live from Sydney Opera House)

31. Tania Saleh - Omar & Ali عمروعلي LIVE

32. Tania Saleh – It’s Springtime

33. Hiba Tawaji - Al Rabih Al Arabi [Official Music Video] (2014

34. Tanjaret Daghet - Ta7t El Daghet / Under Pressure (Official Music Video)

35. Tanjaret Daghet Our Dream for Syria

36. Omar Offendum - #SYRIA

37. Malek Jandali - Watani Ana

38. DAM - Change Tomorrow with English Subtitle

39. DAM featuring AMAL MURKUS - If I Could Go Back In Time لو أرجع بالزمن

40. Rim Banna - The Absent One

41. JOWAN SAFADI – TO BE AN ARAB

42. JOWAN SAFADI & TAMER NAFAR - AWAL BAWAL

43. Revolution Makers - غزة افتحي قلبك - صناع الثورة

44. Basel Zayed - Gaza

45. Jadal - El Makina (Official Lyric Clip)

46. Yazan Al Rousan Feat. Hana Malhas - Trouh

47. Narcy featuring Shadia Mansour - "Hamdulillah" Official Music Video

48. SHADIA MANSOUR FT. OMAR OFFENDUM - لازم نتغير (We have to change)

49. 47SOUL - Mo Light (Official Video) | السبعة وأربعين - رفّ الطّير

50. Yasmine Hamdan – Balad

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Arabology Interviews Amir Eid of 'Cairokee' Band

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/amireid

Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews Amir Eid, lead vocalist/songwriter/guitarist for the Egyptian band Cairokee, which came to prominence during/following the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and whose latest best-selling album "Noaata Beida نقطة بيضا 2017" featured the song "Kont Faker"--a track that topped Arabology's Top 20 Songs of 2017. Listen to the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/amireid 




Recorded at KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University) in February 2018, this interview features various Cairokee song segments as Amir Eid discusses his musical influences, his career, and the reception of Cairokee's latest album in the Middle East and the West.

Cairokee's band members include Amir Eid (vocals & rhythm guitar), Tamer Hashem (drums), Sherif Hawary (Lead guitar), Adam El-Alfy (bass guitar) and Sherif Mostafa (Keyboard). More info at cairokee.com

يمكنكم الآن الاستماع الى المقابلة الاذاعية التي اجريتها منذ يومين مع المغني والمؤلف الموسيقي الشهير أمير عيد من فرقة كايروكي المصرية عبر الرابط أدناه. تم بث هذا الحوار خلال البرنامج الثقافي "عربولوجي" الذي يقدمه الدكتور رمزي سلطي عبر اذاعة جامعة ستانفورد في كاليفورنيا.



Friday, April 21, 2017

April 2017 Arabology Podcast ft Groundbreaking Arabic Music + More

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology111

Arabology is back with a new show that aired on KZSU 90.1 FM in April 2017.  Podcast is now available at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology111

Hosted by Stanford Lecturer Dr. Ramzi Salti, this episode featured groundbreaking music from the Arab world  + interviews with this year's winners of the Techwadi/RiseUp Summit.

Listen below or at THIS LINK.




Saturday, December 10, 2016

Year-End Arabology Podcast Ft Top 20 Alternative/Indie Arabic Songs of 2016

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/topsongs2016

Arabology has just spotlighted the Top 20 indie/alternative Arabic Songs of 2016 during a special year-end episode which aired on KZSU 90.1 FM on Dec 10, 2016.  You can hear the podcast below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/topsongs2016



Presented with commentary in English by Stanford Lecturer + Radio Host Dr. Ramzi Salti, the show featured an amazing array of independent Arab musicians coming from Iraq, Sudan, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria--including several Arab musicians living in Sweden, France, Israel, Canada and the USA.

Out of the Top 20 Arabic songs, 7 were by female vocalists, 7 by male musicians, and 6 by groups/bands. The list also featured 2 live tracks and one duet in Arabic + Spanish.

This year's "Top 20" list boasted musicians that sing in a variety of musical genres--from Jazz and Hip Hop to Rock and Ballads, to a hybrid variety that fuses Western and Eastern beats in surprisingly creative ways.

Listen to the podcast to discover new trends and talent that defined the alternative/indie Arabic music scene in 2016--and be prepared to be awestruck by the impressive amount musical productions that have been coming out of a region where music is all too often dismissed or ignored in the West.






https://soundcloud.com/arabology/topsongs2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

Arabology Interviews Bassem Youssef

Listen at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/bassemyoussef

Dr. Ramzi Salti interviews satirist/columnist/TV Host Bassem Youssef, aka the Egyptian Jon Stewart, at Stanford University on Nov 7, 2016--one day before the elections.

In this interview, Bassem discussed his time in residency at Stanford; his TV show Al-Bernameg (a satirical news program which ran from 2011 to 2014); his current project titled 'The Democracy Handbook'; and his upcoming book and documentary.


PICTURES WITH BASSEM YOUSSEF AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY:

Bassem Youssef at KZSU 90.1 FM

Dr. Ramzi Salti (left) with Dr. Bassem Youssef (Nov 2016)

Stanford University 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Arabology 10.5 Podcast Spotlights Arabic Reggae, Hip Hop, Ballads, Electronica, Folk + Interviews

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology105

Arabology 10.5 aired on August 18, 2016 and featured indie Arabic music by groundbreaking musicians from Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Kuwait, Sudan (Nubia), Morocco, Lebanon, Palestine/Israel--plus 2 tracks by Zebda the Spy from Cairo, including a special Fairuz remix.
Listen to the podcast below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology105



Show also included interview with Arab American author Frank Gelat, author of the bilingual Arabic/English book of proverbs The Forbidden Heights (order your copy at www.forbiddenheights.com/main/book-buy)

This podcast also featured an interview (ft musical excerpts) with Egyptian American Opera singer Ashraf Sewailam who spoke about Opera in the Arab world and beyond.

Playlist at THIS LINK.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Arabology Interviews Dina El Wedidi (June 2016)

https://soundcloud.com/arabology/dinaelwedidi2016

I am happy to share my brand new interview with Egytian indie singer Dina El Wedidi who will be performing in concert on June 14 at El Cid in Silverlake and on June 17 at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley.

This interview was recorded on June 13, 2016 and was conducted in English and Arabic.  It includes musical excerpt of the kind of folkloric songs that Dina will be singing in concert.

Listen to the interview below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/dinaelwedidi2016



Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bassem Youssef Wows Stanford University



Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef spoke to a sold-out audience at Stanford University on September 28, 2015--an event that was co-sponsored by the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and OpenXChange.  The talk was moderated by Larry Diamond, former director of the CDDRL and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

The political satirist, also known as the “Arab Jon Stewart,” shared with the Stanford community his thoughts on why political satire has come to embody an important element of modern day politics. He also reflected on his own experience as the co-founder and host of the internationally acclaimed political satire talk show “Al-Bernameg.” Youssef  discussed the challenges and obstacles he faced in providing the Egyptian public alternative viewpoints on politics not represented by the mainstream news media.
Bassem Youssef with Dr. Ramzi Salti at Stanford


Named one of TIME’s “100 most influential people in the world” in 2013, Bassem Youssef is an Egyptian satirist, columnist, and talk show host. A cardiac surgeon by training, Youssef turned to comedy after he was inspired by the Egyptian revolution. He uploaded the first episode of his homemade newscast, “The B+ Show,” to YouTube in May 2011. After it garnered more than 5 million views in three months, Youssef was named the host of “Al-Bernameg,” a satirical newscast modeled after Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Youssef’s bold, intelligent, and humorous critiques of Egyptian politics quickly became a hit with audiences in the country and garnered more than 40 million viewers. In 2012, Mohamed Morsi’s government pursued charges against Youssef for "insulting the president," “insulting Islam," and “reporting false news.” In March 2013, Youssef was briefly detained, released on bail, and fined. CBC suspended the broadcast of “Al-Bernameg” in November 2013. In 2014, Youssef announced that he was ending the program due to the dangerous political climate in Egypt. In the spring of 2015 Youssef served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has recently been announced as the host of the International Emmy Awards gala of 2015.
(Segment above taken from CDDRL's Web Site. See THIS LINK for more).

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Professor Sherene Seikaly at Stanford University

On Feb 17, 2015, Sherene Seikaly (University of California, Santa Barbara) spoke at Stanford University about "Egypt's Bread Intifada: On the Subject of the People." The talk was sponsored by the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, the Arab Institute, and CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy.




Abstract:
Over the last four years of upheaval in the Arab world, the notion of “the people,” Egyptian and otherwise, has proven profoundly resilient. It is these “people”—as individuals and a collective—that are problematically celebrated as subjects finally fulfilling their long-awaited destiny; dismissed as passive objects duped by external forces and incapable of politics; or incited against as dangerous masses capable of destroying the nation. A return to the historical moment of the “Bread Intifada,” of 1977 interrupts the narrative resilience of the alternating sleep and wakefulness of the Egyptian, and more broadly the Arab people. By engaging 18-19 January 1977 as a moment of politics and popular sovereignty, this project challenges who and what count as political, rational, and legitimate. The role food played in protestors’ and government strategies and demands reveals how basic needs function as a trigger of social upheaval as well as a vehicle of political containment. This project attends to the roles that poverty and hunger play in politics in order to detail critiques of the open door policy. It explores how government officials, journalists, and protestors defined and ultimately contained the “poor” and the “hungry.” More importantly, by studying how protestors narrated and represented themselves and the tools they used to make their claims, this project troubles the construction of the “people.” In so doing, it explores continuity and rupture between 1977 and 2011.

Speaker Bio:




Sherene Seikaly is Assistant Professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the co-editor of the Arab Studies Journal, and co-founder and editor of Jadaliyya e-zine. Seikaly's Men of Capital in Times of Scarcity: Economy in Palestine (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Darwasha Project Fuses Egyptian Sounds with Western Genres

https://www.facebook.com/Darwashaproject

Egypt's Darwasha Project represents a new era of Egyptian fusion sounds by utilizing the essence of theatrical musicals to introduce a new fusion of Arabic, Progressive Rock/Metal, and Electronic music.

Mohamed Darwish (Guitarist, Oud player & Composer) founded the project Jan 2012 with a group of musicians/friends to establish Darwasha band, benefiting from his past experience in  theater musicals to develop a unique fusion with a contemporary oriental taste. Darwish's other project participations include: Odious, AlTamye Theater Group, Maryam Saleh Band, The Choir Project, Ahmed Rabea Band, and Metropolis.


For more info:
Darwasha's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Darwashaproject

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jan 30, 2014 Arabology Podcast Ft Alternative/Indie Arabic Music + Khaled Sayed Interview

The 3rd episode of the seventh season of Arabology included a variety of alternative/indie Arabic music and an interview with acclaimed Egyptian Director/Photographer Khaled Sayed.

You can listen below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s7-episode-3



Playlist for Arabology Thurs 30 January 2014 4-6pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/Track/Album/Label
1. Charbel Moreno/ Ya Leili/ Ya Leili/ Charbel Moreno
2. Edd Abbas, Lipos, Elepheel/ Teesh/ Tripnol/Edd, Lipos & Elepheel
3. Heba Al Mansoury/ Reema/ Sah El Noum/Lebanese Underground
4. Lahoud, Aline/ Khedni Maak/ The Voice/ France
5. Brief interview with future Stanford student Henry Shinton
6. Omar Souleyman/ Nahy/ Wenu Wenu/Ribbon Music
7. Khalas/ Hebbena/ Arabic Rock Orchestra/Zidani
8. Sadat & Alaa Fifty Cent/ Enjex/ Generation Bass/Generation Bass
9. Revolution Records (ft Wasla and Ahmed Rock)/May3arfsh Skoot/Revolution Records
10. Khaled Sayed Interview/ Part 1/ Arabology/KZSU
11. Stanford student-to-be Henry Shinton speaks Arabic
12. Khaled Sayed Interview/Part 2/Arabology/KZSU
13. Ensemble Ibn Arabi/ Tu7hi iza qatalat [Her Words Bring Me to Life Again]/Arabo-Andalusian Sufi Songs/LDF
14. Ghazi Abdel Baki + Yasmine Joumblat/ Ya habibi Taala/ Ghazi Abdel Baki
15. Tania Saleh/ Yimkin Law/ Live At Drm/ Forward Music
16. Mohamed Abozekry + Heejaz/ Chaos/ Chaos/ Neonovo
17. Karkadan/ Hogra (Radio Edit)/ Zoufree/ Yung-Lee Da Finest
18. Edd, Lipos & Elepheel/ Sahrawi/Tripnol/Edd Abbas/Lipos/Elepheel
19. DAM/ If I Could Go Back In Time/Debke On The Moon/ Dam
20. Charbel Moreno/ Arabian Seduction/Arabian Seduction/ Charbel Moreno



'Arabology' is a weekly radio program, currently in its seventh season, which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM (San Francisco bay area). It is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, who showcases and discusses (mostly alternative) Arabic music, along with interviews + commentary in English. Previous

* Podcasts at soundcloud.com/arabology/sets
* Arabology Blog: author32.blogspot.com
* Arabology on Facebook: facebook.com/arabology
* Arabology on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/author30
* Arabology on Soundcloud: @arabology
* Arabology Contact: author30@gmail.com

Egyptian Director/Photographer Khaled Sayed Releases New Book about Egyptian Sufi Troupe

Khaled Sayed showacses his new book Tannoura
Award winning Egyptian director/photographer Khaled Sayed was a returning guest on the January 30, 2014 episode of Arabology where his discussed his new book Tannoura which includes a dazzling array of photos he took of the Sufi/Egyptian dance troupe Al Tannoura. You can see a sample of Sayed's photographs below in addition to video montages that were created by the photographer himself. You can also preview/purchase the book at http://www.blurb.com/b/5009689-tannoura-soft-cover

Khaled Sayed is an award-winning documentary director, who worked as a lawyer in Egypt before he moved to the United States, where he studied Multimedia production at San Francisco State University. He has directed and produced several documentaries, including the award winning
Egypt - The Story Behind the Revolution

Listen to the interview with Khaled Sayed below or at https://soundcloud.com/arabology/arabology-s7-episode-3#t=39:45



Video by Khaled Sayed of Al Tannoura Show in Egypt: http://youtu.be/J6vEYHRfpzM

Another video clip of Al Tannoura folk troupe by Khaled Sayed: http://youtu.be/YhoUpcOoHKo

Another video clip of Al Tannoura dance troupe by Khaled Sayed: http://youtu.be/88w_KoiJsao

Pictures of Khaled Sayed at KZSU 90.1 FM (Stanford University):

Khaled Sayed (left) with DJ Ramzi at KZSU 90.1 FM




For More Information:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Egyptian Writer Sonallah Ibrahim Speaks at Stanford (May 6)


On Monday May 6, 2013, the Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of History, Graduate Student Council, Arab Studies Table, Stanford Language Center, and Stanford Humanities Center presented an Arabic Conversation Session with Sonallah Ibrahim. The session was conducted in Arabic and open only to Stanford Students.

Later that day, Mr. Ibrahim also gave a public talk in conversation with Professor Alexander Key (Stanford University) and Prof. Noha Radwan from University of California, Davis)at the Stanford Humanities Center--an event that was open to the public ( more information) .

Sonallah Ibrahim is “one of Egypt's most formally interesting and politically uncompromising writers ” and an Arab intellectual who has lived in Egypt throughout the reality of the last several decades. His most recently translated book, That Smell , “was a breathtakingly subversive answer to the problem of the omnipresence of the state in daily life and the inability of Arabic literature to express and capture that reality. It met with immediate censorship” (Yasmine El Rashidi , NYRB). “Ibrahim’s exhiliratingly bleak novel gives English-speaking readers a new classic of mid-century existentialism and, at the same time, a window onto an Egypt too few of us have glimpsed in literature or elsewhere” (Benjamin Kunkel).



Bassem Youssef Hosts 'Controversial' Lebanese Band Mashrou' Leila

Bassem Youssef  (3rd from left) with Mashrou' Leila band members

Bassem Youssef, aka 'Egypt's Jon Stewart' recently sparked more controversy in Egypt after hosting Lebanese band Mashrou' Leila whose music has redefined alternative Arabic music and whose poignant video clips do not shy away from tackling various social and political issues that are so often ignored or dismissed in mainstream Arabic songs.

Youssef, who has since been accused of insulting religion by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, hosted  مشروع ليلى Mashrou' Leila during the season finale of his TV show albernameg.  Mashrou' Leila is a seven-piece alternative rock band from Beirut which has won countless fans throughout the Middle East since forming in 2008. Its frank treatment of taboo subjects such as sexuality and religion has drawn criticism and applause due (among other things) to the fact that the band's lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay (see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bassem-youssef-mashrou-leila-_n_3154736.html)

Of his experience with Mashrou Leila, Youssef stated, "I heard their songs and I didn't ask about his orientation ... Did we discuss [his] being openly gay on the show? We didn't."  He then added that "They will just try to dig up anything to...alienate you in front of the people."

Here is a segment from 'The Huffington Post' web site in which Bassem Youssef discusses this matter (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/25/bassem-youssef-mashrou-leila-_n_3154736.html):







Here is the Mashrou' Leila segment from Bassem Youssef's TV show Albarnameg:  http://youtu.be/WzreD9hU7g4?t=1m36s



This report from CNN tackled this subject and can can be found at http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/international/2013/02/06/inside-middle-east-lebanon-music-mashrou3-leila.cnn.html



Here is the full Segment/interview with Bassem Youssef from HuffingtonPost.com:




Monday, February 4, 2013

'Arabology' Radio Program Examines Egyptian Revolution, 2 Years Later

'Arabology' Program Examines Egyptian Revolution, 2 Years Later
by Arabology on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:39pm ·

The most recent two episodes (Jan 24 & 31) of my weekly program 'Arabology' (which airs on KZSU 90.1 FM on Thursdays 3-5 pm PST) focused on marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution by featuring music from the Arab Spring plus exclusive interviews with Khaled Sayed (the Egyptian Director of the award winning documentary Egypt: The Story behind the Revolution) and Egyptian Fulbright scholar at Stanford Samar Ahmed who witnessed the revolution form the beginning while living in Cairo. Both podcasts are available for free downloading at the links below.

* The January 24, 31 Arabology was the first in a 2-part series dedicated to the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, and included my interview with Egyptian documentary filmmaker Khaled Sayed. This episode also showcased songs by artists who provided the 'soundtrack' to the Arab Spring including Ramy Essam, Rim Banna, Donia Masoud, DAM, Emel Mathlouthi, El General and many more.

* The January 31, 2013 Arabology podcast continued to mark the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution by featuring my interview with Egyptian Fulbright scholar at Stanford Samar Ahmed + Music of the Arab Spring.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Jan 24 'Arabology' Podcast Marks Egyptian Revolution Anniversary

Jan 24 Episode ft Director Khaled Sayed (left)

The January 24, 2013 Podcast of Arabology (Season 4 Episode 2) is available for free downloading/listening at the links below.

This special episode is dedicated to the second year anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution and includes an exclusive interview with Khaled Sayed, the Egyptian-American Director of the award winning documentary "Egypt: The Story behind the Revolution.' The music on this show is by various Arab artists who provided the soundtrack to the Arab Spring (see playlist below).





Playlist for Arabology Thur, 24 January 2013 3-5 pm DJ: Ramzi S.
Artist/Track/Album/Label
1. Essam, Ramy/ Taty Taty/ Elmedan/ Ramy Essam
**2. Interview with Khaled Sayed/ Interview part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU
3. Masoud, Donia/ Ale Etgharab/ Mahatet Masr/ Donia Masoud
4. Banna, Rim/ The Absent One/ Revelation Of Ecstasy And Rebellion/ Kirkelig Kulturverksted
**5. Interview with Khaled Sayed/ Interview part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
6. Said, Mustafa/ YaMasr Hanet w Banet/ Single/ Forward Music
7. Masoud, Donia/ Mesh Eb Aleky/ Mahatet Masr/ Donia Masoud
8. Maryam/ Watan El Akk/ Mosh Baghani/ Cd Baby
**9. Interview with Khaled Sayed/ Interview part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU
10. Dam/ Street Poetry/ Debke On The Moon/ Nudbok Al Amar/ Dam
11. Mathlouthi, Emel/ Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)/ /Kelmti Horra/ World Village
12. Jadal/ El Makina/ El Makina/ Mahmoud Radaideh
13. Farroukh, Toufic/ Side Story/ Cinema Beirut/ Emja Records
14. El General feat. Mr Shooma/ State of the Nation// The Rough Guide To Arabic Revolution/ World Network

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Donia Massoud Revives Egyptian Folkloric [Shaabi] Music with a Style of Her Own



Born and bred in Alexandria, Donia Massoud left for Cairo at the age of 21, alone and independent, to the outrage and chagrin of her family. After a number of experiences on stage, both singing and acting, Massoud began a three-year journey searching for and documenting folk poetry and music. She traveled the length and breadth of the country, from Suez to Upper Egypt, to learn and study the musical repertoires of ordinary people.

On her return, she founded her own independent troupe of musicians, with whom she now tours Europe, Asia and Africa performing Egyptian folkloric songs. She also joined both the Fathi Salama group and Al- Warsha troupe, which gave her a way to be in touch with local audiences.

All she has to do is step on stage, alone, and she takes on a very special character of her own -- a style she herself describes as "a coquettishness reminiscent of Shadia and Soaad Hosni [two legends of Egyptian cinema] as they were in the 1940s and 1950s."

Here are some video clips showing Donia Massoud's talent on stage, from her singing style to the way she engages and plays up to the audience:



For more on Donia Massoud [Masoud]:





Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tahrir's Troubadours

Meet the Muslim and Christian musicians singing their message of peace and unity in the tent city protest now occupying Cairo's Tahrir Square.

For more on Fouad Hady's report, go to the SBS Dateline website...http://bit.ly/I7NF3w



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

18 Days in Egypt: A Documentary

This project was started by Jigar Mehta to create a platform for Egyptians involved in the revolution to tell their stories using the media they already create (Facebook posts, Flickr photos, Youtube videos). For more info see 18daysinegypt.com and http://vimeo.com/35368376

Here is a brief preview of the project:






Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How will Egyptian Election Results Impact Women?

SPECIAL MESSAGE & INTERVIEW FROM THE GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN:
Click HERE to see full article and site

How will Egyptian Election Results Impact Women?

on December 13, 2011



With the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary elections drawing to a close, the Global Fund for Women asked Mozn Hassan, who’s based in Cairo, for her feminist perspective and analysis on results to date.

Mozn, who will vote in the second round, is an Egyptian activist and executive director of grantee-partner, Nazra for Feminist Studies. Since the January uprisings, Egyptian women and girls have taken center stage in the country’s democratic revolution, challenging the common stereotype of Arab women as being powerless, submissive and isolated from political events. Nazra embodies the spirit of the Egyptian revolution. The group is bold, fearless, and hungry for justice and equality.

Global Fund: Are women turning out in higher numbers to vote?
Mozn: My analysis is that women in rural and Upper Egypt were used to vote, and that men mobilized those women to vote. This time, the number [of women voters] was higher in these places. While there is no gender analysis yet for [why] they went to vote, or who they voted for, it is significant that middle and upper middle class women went to vote for the first time.

Global Fund: Did Nazra receive any news from people who protested voting, or had difficulty voting?

Mozn: Some people did boycott the elections after mass violence happened in Tahrir Square days before the election, but this was not a huge number. Women human rights defenders who answered Nazra’s hotline [received calls about voting] violations and [complaints about] people handing out [campaign] materials.

Global Fund: It looks like the Muslim Brotherhood will come out strong in the election. What does this mean for women’s rights in Egypt?

Mozn: Islamic groups like the Muslim Brothers and Salafists will get a high number in parliament. Salafists are more radical, and I think this could be dangerous for women on social levels. People who voted for these groups are going to put moral and social pressure on women in the public space and on a political level.

I don’t think we will lose the laws we’ve gained [such as divorce rights, custody rights and inheritance laws], but we will definitely not gain more. [These groups] are also creating legal discourse against women, civil liberties and human rights defenders, especially women human rights defenders.

Global Fund: You were recently quoted in Al Jazeera by saying, “I'm worried about the kind of women that will join parliament. Many of them are women who are against women." What is your opinion of the quota for female parliamentarians?

Mozn: This is about not seeing women’s participation as only numbers. It is important to see their discourse and engagement on a political level. This will make people trust women to represent them [in regards to] women's issues… It is always harder to have women against women' rights than men who are doing so.

Global Fund: How does Nazra's Women Political Participation Academy support female candidates?

Mozn: Through training, empowerment and capacity building, we supported Sanaa Al Said, a woman from Upper Egypt who has won in her district. She now has a chance, through the proportional representational electoral law, to gain a seat in parliament on behalf of the labor contingent. This work is an added value to the feminist movement.

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