Showing posts with label Egyptian Revolution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Egyptian Revolution. Show all posts

Monday, November 7, 2016

Arabology Interviews Bassem Youssef

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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.


Bassem Youssef at KZSU 90.1 FM

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

Stanford University 2016

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Square: Documentary Examines Egyptian Revolution Behind the Headlines

The Square is an award winning documentary that follows a group of Egyptian revolutionaries as they battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a new society of conscience.

You can watch the trailer below or at

Basic Info:
Release Date: January 17, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Studio: Noujaim Films
Awards:  2013 Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award, Toronto Intl Film Festival - People's Choice Award
Starring Khalid Abdalla, Magdy Ashour, Ahmed Hassan, Ragia Omran, Ramy Essam, Aida El Kashef
Directed By Jehane Noujaim
Produced By Karim Amer

For more info:

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rebel Music: New MTV Series about Revolutionary Music Worldwide

'Rebel Music' is an MTV world series which includes six 30-minute episodes of “Rebel Music” that examine the lives of young people using art and music to spark change around the world. The series can be viewed at mtvU and

Episode about Egypt:

Episode about Palestine/Israel:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Song by Revolution Records Broaches Current State of the Egyptian Revolution

Revolution Records includes an array of talented musicians

The latest single from 'Revolution Records' is titled May3rafsh Skoot - ميعرفش سكوت and addresses the current situation of the revolution in Egypt.  Here is the video clip which includes subtitles in English and Arabic (

Performed By Revolution Records / Wasla Band.  
Intro : Mohamed Afran.
1st Verse : Rooney Hoodstar
2nd Verse : Ahmed Rock
Chours : Mohamed Afran
3rd Verse : Temraz
4th Verse : C-Zar

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.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

CD Review: Various Artists--Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution

Various Artists--Rough Guide to the Arabic Revolution (2013)
Label: World Music Network
CD will be released in March 2013

This double CD compilation showcases Arab singers and musicians whose songs have provided the ‘soundtrack’ to the Arab Spring. CD 1 mainly features Egyptian, Tunisian, Libyan and Palestinian singers while CD2 strictly showcases the music of Ramy Essam, a young Egyptian singer who is known for playing his guitar and singing against the Mubarak regime in the streets of Cairo, leading to his arrest and torture. His best known song (oddly not included in this compilation) is “Irhal” [Depart] in which Mubarak is urged to resign. That track is referred to as the anthem of the revolution.

--All Tracks are FCC CLEAN—

CD1 (Compilation; Artist/Song)

**1. Ramy Essam/ Taty Taty: Features Egyptian singer/activist Ramy Essam, accompanied by his guitar, sarcastically singing about democracy in Egypt. 

2. Emel Mathlouthi/ Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free): Tunisian songstress whose new album was fueled by the Tunisian revolution. 

3. El Tanbura/ Heela Heela: El Tanbura is a collective of veteran Egyptian master musicians, singers, fishermen and philosophers who have been custodians to some of Egypt’s oldest folk melodies at their home in Port Said. 

4. Dam Feat. Abeer Al Zinati/ Hon Enwaladet - Born Here (Arabic Version): Palestinian Hip Hop band living in Israel and singing here about being born there. Abeer is a female rapper who often sings with the group.

5. El General Feat. Mr Shooma/ State Of The Nation: El General is the Tunisian rapper whose song to the then President of Tunisia went viral on the net, igniting and contributing to the ensuing revolt. 

6. Cariokee/ Sout El Horeya: Canokee’s song about the “Sound of Freedom.” 

7. Sami Yusuf/ I'm Your Hope: Sami Yusuf sings this track in English and classical Arabic about cherishing the young men and women who rose up against their regimes. 

8. Ibn Thabit/ Calling The Libyan Youth: Libyan singer who dedicates his songs to the courage of Libyan women. 

**9. May Matar/ Metlak Mesh 3ayzin: May Matar is a Lebanese singer whose song(s) rebels against patriarchy, sexism, and the subjugation of women. 

10. The Palestine National Ensemble Of Arabic Music/ Kafkef Domouak: Palestinian Chorus performing a track about selling and buying one’s homeland. 

11. Ramzi Aburedwan/ Rahil: Moving instrumental by a Palestinian musician whose career began at age 8. 

12. Mustafa Said/ Ya Masr Hanet We Banet: Longest track on the CD (over 10 min long) by an Egyptian singer who plays the Oud and laments the loss of human life while proclaiming his love for Egypt. 

**13. Dal'ouna/ Et Nous, Nous Aimons La Vie: Slow, soothing tune with narration in French and vocal ensemble singing in Arabic about martyrs, mosques and loving life. 

**My picks: 1, 9, 13 (Ramzi Salti)

CD2 (Songs by Ramy Essam)

1. Etma3zam: Title means “Self Aggrandizement.” Guitar intro; reminiscent of American folk music. 

2. “Action” has guitar plus other instruments about massacres in Egypt.

3. 3ahd Mubark: Title means “The Age of Mubarak.” Track attacks Mubarak and his regime. 

4. 3oksha: Fast track with electric guitar, back vocals, very different from other songs on this CD. 

**5. Bata2ty: Title means “My ID Card” Faster beat; song about free Egypt. Sounds like 80s rock. 

6. Sabona W Khazoo2: Title means “Soap and Trouble.” Symbolic song about Tahrir Square 

7. Shay El-Thawra: Title means “Revolutionary Tea.” About people “boiling” from anger. 

8. 8 April: Short Track marking April 8, 2011, the day when 21 Egyptian military officers switched allegiances and decided to join the Revolution. 

9. Mal3oon: Title means “Rascal.” Ditty about Ahmad Shafiq who lost the elections to Morsi. 

10. El-Masala: Title means “The Matter at Hand.” About the media and dictators. Hard rock sound. 

11. Bta2ty Acoustic: This is the acoustic version of track 5 above. 

**12. Dabora W Short: Title refers to police/secret service uniforms. Song against the police 

**13. El-Ga7sh Wel 7omar: Title means “The Mule and the Donkey.” Song about politicians. 

14. Nafadt: Title is in colloquial Egyptian and refers to “forsaking” order, human rights, and the Egyptian Constitution. 

15. Tartoor: Title refers to a person who is easily manipulated to serve others. Demeaning term. Smooth sounding track.

**16. Al-Masry Al-Asly: Title means “The Real/Original Egyptian.” Just Ramy Essam and his guitar singing about being proud of being Egyptian. 

**My picks: 5, 12, 13, 16  (Ramzi Salti)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Jan 30 Arabology Podcast Ft Interview w/ Fulbright Scholar Samar Ahmed

Ramzi Salti (right) with Fulbrighter Samar Ahmed (Jan 31, 2013)

On this week's episode of 'Arabology'--a weekly radio show hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University--we continue our commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution by featuring an exclusive interview with Egyptian Fulbright scholar to Stanford Samar Mostafa Ahmed who recounts her experiences during the initial uprising and beyond. This show also showcases Arabic songs that have fueled the Arab Spring, including tracks by Ramy Essam, Emel Mathlouthi, Rim Banna, Mustafa Said, Donia Masoud, El Tanbura and others.

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Playlist for Arabology Thurs 31 Jan 2013 3 - 5pm DJ: Ramzi S.
1. Maryam Saleh/ Islahat/ Beirut Hotel/ Lfp Les Films Pelléas
**2. Interview with Samar Ahmed/ Part 1/ Arabology/ KZSU
3. Mustafa Said/ Ya Masr Hanet We Banet/ Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution/ World Music Network
**4. Interview with Samar Ahmed/ Part 2/ Arabology/ KZSU
5. El Tanbura/ Heela Heela/ Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution/ World Music Network
6. Rim Banna/ Stranger In The Gulf/ Revelation Of Ecstasy And Rebellion/ Kirkelig Kulturverksted
**7. Interview with Samar Ahmed/ Part 3/ Arabology/ KZSU
8. Donia Masoud/ Hen Al Ola/ Mahatet Masr/ Donia Masoud
9. Mahmoud El Husseini/ Segara Bonny/ Beirut Hotel/ Lfp Les Films Pelléas
10. Ramy Essam/ Taty Taty/ Rough Guide to Arabic Revolution/ World Music Network
11. Emel Mathlouthi/ Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free)/ Kelmti Horra/ World Village
12. Rim Banna/ The Absent One/ Revelation Of Ecstasy And Rebellion/ Kirkelig Kulturverksted

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Revolution Records: First Underground Rap Label in Egypt

Revolution Records—a.k.a. Thawrageya—is the first underground rap label and one of the pioneers in the Egyptian hip hop scene. The group was formed in 2006 by teMraz and Ahmed Rock, along with C-Zar, Rooney Hoodstar, wild mc's and Shehab as music producer.

Rebels at heart and based in Alexandria, they changed the Egyptian hip hop scene, bringing a new artistic rap that everyone can understand and creating simpler rap to deliver their revolutionary message to the largest number of people.

They believe the music industry needs a revolution. Lifestyle needs a revolution. The way people think needs a revolution. So they decided to make a change—to be the unspoken words of the streets. Without the backing of a commercial label, they record their own tracks using a portable studio and software for recording, music producing, and sound engineering.

Their rap is a mix between political, anger, light, philosophical, and realistic. And with every track they gain a larger audience. The words they rap have earned a reputation for the band and Arab rap in general.

Year after year Revolution Records has attracted greater media attention. A number of well-known Egyptian newspapers have covered Revolution Records, as well as international journals, magazines, television and online radio stations.

Here are some video clips from Revolution Records.  More on their YouTube Channel.

Ana Msh 3adad - أنا مش عدد - Revolution Records - Ahmed Rock (with English Subtitles)

Eza El Shams Gher2et - اذا الشمس غرقت || Revolution Records - El Sheikh Imam (with English Subtitles)

"تسجيلات الثورة" أو "الثورجية " هو إسم أول تجمع موسيقى لفنانى الراب المصريين المستقلين ، وواحده من اقدم الفرق في عالم الراب المصري أسسها عام 2006 كلا من: تمراز و روك، بمشاركة المغنين: سيزار، رونى، ام سى ميدو، عصام سى اكس، محى الدين، فينوم، و الموزع الموسيقى شهاب الدين.

من الإسكندرية وبروح متمردة بدأت المجموعة شق طريقها لتغيير الشكل الفني لموسيقى الراب فى مصر، بتطويره لشكل مفهوم وبسيط يمكن أن يصل برسالته الثورية لجمهور أوسع.

الثورة -والتى اختارها الفريق منذ سنوات ليمنحها اسمه- هى برأيهم فكرة لابد ان تصل إلى كل شىء؛ فصناعة الموسيقى تحتاج إلى ثورة، وطريقة تفكير الناس وأسلوب حياتهم يحتاج إلي ثورة، لذلك قرروا أن يجعلوا كلماتهم التى تخرج من الشوارع، التغيير الذى يودون صناعته فى العالم.

بمفردهم وبدون منتجين أو شركات خاصة تدعمهم، بأستوديو محمول بسيط، وبالإستعانة ببعض البرامج المساعدة فى صناعة الموسيقى، يسجلون أغنياتهم ،ويقومون عن طريقها أيضاً بهندسة الصوت وإنتاج أعمالهم بشكل مستقل.

وتأتى أغنياتهم مزيجاً بين السياسة والغضب، الأمل، والفلسفة، وكافة الموضوعات التى تمس الحياة اليومية، ويعتقدون بأن التأثير الحقيقى والوصول إلى الجمهور يعتمد بشكل أساسى على التعبير الصادق -والصادم أحياناً- عن الواقع المعاش.

بخطى بطيئة ولكن واثقة تنال "تسجيلات الثورة" يوماًَ بعد يوم، إهتمام وسائل الإعلام المصرية والعالمية، بمقالات وأخبار فى الصحافة،والتلفزيون والمجلات والإذاعات الإلكترونية

يشعرون بالرضا عما وصلوا إليه حتى الآن، وإن كانت تطلعاتهم التى يعملون بجد لأجلها هى الوصول برسالتهم للعالم أجمع، ليثبتوا أن اسمهم: "تسجيلات الثورة"، لم 
يختاروه عبثاً

Above excerpts taken from (c) Revolution Records

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.
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

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...

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 and

Here is a brief preview of the project:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Wael Ghonim at Stanford on Tuesday Feb 7

As Part of Islamic Awareness Series 2012- "Islam and Revolutions" the Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN) and Islamic Society of Stanford University (ISSU) present.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Global Fund for Women: Women’s Rights Amidst Arab Revolutions

On the anniversary of the uprisings in Tahrir Square, Global Fund for Women and the Arab Cultural and Community Center presented a special event to reflect on women’s rights amidst Arab revolutions. It took place on Thursday January 26, 2012 in San Francisco, California.

The event included three leading Arab women for an evening discussion on advancements and setbacks faced by women’s movements in the region. Speakers included Global Fund grantee partners, Nadia Sraieb-Koepp from Tunisia and Nawla Darwiche from Egypt, and Zeina Zaatari, Global Fund’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director.

This event was also co-sponsored by Middle East Children’s Alliance, Arab Resource Organizing Collective and Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change. It was free and open to the public.

After the conversation, the Global Fund launched their newest book: Telling Our Stories: Women’s Voices from the Middle East and North Africa, with excerpt readings of articles and essays by women leaders from the region.  Here are some reviews of this book:

“The euphoria of victory last February was palpable,” Global Fund for Women board member Hoda Elsadda writes us from Cairo, “but was soon followed by the sobering realization that you cannot do away with such a corrupt and brutal regime overnight.” While violence continues, women are working together to hold onto their newly won spaces of resistance, optimism and sense of empowerment.

To commemorate the challenges and success of women organizing in the region, Global Fund announces our newest book, Telling Our Stories. Written by key women leaders from the region, Telling Our Stories weaves together history, political analysis, and personal reflections about the rapid political transformations sweeping the Arab world.

Gloria Steinem has this to say about the book: "To discover real women behind headlines, YouTubes and Twitters from the MiddleEast, read Telling Our Stories. It's a gift of learning, new friends and knowing that all proceeds go to benefit a democracy that goes beyond patriarchy." 

You can read excerpts from Telling Our Stories online and they would also be delighted to put you in touch with some of these inspiring women who contributed to the book.

The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaking foundation that seeds, strengthens and links women's human rights groups worldwide.  For more info, go to

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Art of Revolution: Article by Colleen Gillard & Georgia Wells

The Art of Revolution

By Colleen Gillard & Georgia Wells
At an art school in Cairo, students explore the Egyptian uprising through a once-banned medium: protest art

Full article at 

On the sidewalk outside Cairo's Faculty of Fine Arts college on leafy Zamalek Island, just across the Nile from Tahrir Square, hijab-wearing young women are elbow-deep in paint. Absorbed in their work, they climb ladders to study the effect, all the while graciously answering questions from a gathering audience. The students, whose sweet faces are framed by pastel scarves, don't look much like revolutionaries, even if their art tells stories of blood, agony and rage.
Two months after protests forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office, these students are communicating their feelings about the revolution in the way they know best: by covering the school's drab gray walls with colorful political art.
One of the mural's artists, Youmna Mustafa, 20, points to the bound screaming face on her wall and says her piece is about freedom of speech.

"This is what the square meant to me," the student of mosaic art says. "This is why I went. Not to be able to speak your mind, your wants and desires, share your thoughts out loud, is to feel," she pauses, searching for the word, "dead."
In another ten-by-ten-foot panel, Anas Muhammed, 21, explores the role that the Internet and social media had in informing the public and publicizing the protests. He has drawn a man whose head, once helmeted and blinded by state media, is now brilliantly lit by Twitter, Facebook, and Al Jazeera.
Before the Internet, he says, "all we had to unify us was the Egyptian flag--which I show bleeding from the disrespect Mubarak showed us."
Most of the school's faculty and 2,500-student body attended the demonstrations, according to the genteel Professor of Mural Art Sabry Mansour. Those 18 days of protest and President Mubarak's departure were an emotional earthquake for the country, he says, and he wanted to find a way to capture the energy, optimism, and passion, especially that expressed by the students.
Gazing around the school's courtyard -- where a fully-clothed male model, dressed in shirt and ironed slacks, leans on draped boxes before a life-drawing class of a half-dozen young women -- Professor Mansour says he finally decided to do something that would have been impossible under President Mubarak: protest art.
"The school's walls on the street were covered with graffiti, only it was not" Professor Mansour hesitates politely, "very good graffiti." He realized then, of course, the revolution would make better street art.
Students at the century-old school responded well. After losing one of their peers to the violence -- a well-loved young man majoring in Interior Design and Decor --the students found great meaning in the assignment, Professor Mansour says. All 60 students in the course made a mural design to present. The class held a "democratic vote" to select the seven best.
A green snake winds through another painting on Ismail Mohammed Street, strangling people and drawing blood. "This is about Mubarak, the corrupt, the unjust. A true snake who deceived his own people," says 21-year-old Rehan Nabil.
When asked about the many young women who joined the protests and what kind of place they hoped for in a new regime, Nabil shakes her head.
"This is not about women; this is about everyone. Our country's problems are much bigger than women's rights."
Not just women's rights, she points out, needed better protection. "Everything women have suffered, all our citizens have suffered. Everything you might want for women -- like opportunity, education, jobs, respect, freedom -- you want for everyone."
Nabil describes Mubarak's regime as filled with thieves. "They robbed us of a future." More than anything, she says she wants to see her people's potential and talents put to use.
"We deserve to have a better place in the world. We deserve to join the First World and leave the Third World behind."
But when asked about her confidence in the current political process to bring her country a better future, her smile fades. "We are all holding our breath, waiting to see what will happen." When asked if she worries a theocracy will rise from the ruins of what was once President Mubarak's private kingdom, the sweet young woman in the hijab raises her chin. "We may be a devout people," she says, "but we don't want to be told what to do. We value freedom as much as anyone."
Other students, such as Mustafa, say they feel more confident that good things will come from the culture of the protests. Tahrir Square felt like a new country, she says, "a utopia," full of camaraderie. The power and meaning of joining her countrymen, united by a common goal, brought her to tears, her young face shining. "I felt alive! For the first time, I felt hope for my country."
For now, the murals are a testament to the anger these young people feel about the injustices of the past as well as their hope for the future. They are generating smiles and interest from the neighborhood.
"Passers-by are curious," says Professor Mansour, calling it appropriate and good that the students take public ownership of their pride in helping to change the country.
"It is a very good feeling to change a very bad regime," Professor Mansour says, looking over the murals with avuncular satisfaction. "It feels especially good to communicate this by doing something that would have had us arrested not very many weeks ago. Very, very liberating."

Full article at

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soundtrack to the Arab Revolutions (Guardian UK)

Soundtrack to the Arab Revolutions

Rapper El Général helped spark the uprising in Tunisia, and in Egypt musicians bravely played their part in their nation's transformation with these impassioned and incendiary tracks

Protesters sing in Tahrir Square in Cairo
Protesters sing in Tahrir Square in Cairo Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

The soundtrack to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt is brilliantly reported by Andy Morgan elsewhere on this site. Andy used to manage the Tuareg band Tinariwen, but is now a full-time journalist, with his own blog devoted to world music. Here, with videos culled from YouTube, are some of the acts he describes in his piece on how the Arab world found its voice.


Tunisian rapper El Général uploaded his song "Rais Le Bled" (President, Your Country) to Facebook on 7 November. "Within hours," as Andy Morgan writes, " the song had lit up the bleak and fearful horizon like an incendiary bomb." Here it is with English subtitles.


"Leave" by Ramy Essam, with lyrics comprising all the most popular chants and slogans of the revolution heard on the streets. This song became the hit of the uprising, going viral on YouTube. Essam lived in Tahrir Square's tent village for the entire revolution, composing songs, and playing almost every hour on one of the many stages that sprouted there.


"Egyptian Intifada", the lyrics written by the poet Ahmed Fouad Negm, sung by Sheik Imam.


Egyptian folk act El Tanbura and others from the El Mastaba Centre for Egyptian Folk Music filmed in the streets of Cairo with a cut titled "Tahrir Square Jam".


"Rebel" by Egyptian rappers Arabian Knightz, sung in English, its lyrics rewritten by the group's Karim Adel Eissa, aka A-Rush, on the night of Thursday 27 January.


Cairo rock luminaries Amir Eid, Hany Adel and Sherif Mostafa with their rousing anthem to the revolution "Sout Al Horeya" (The Voice of Freedom).


Iraqi rapper Narcicyst with other MCs from the Arabic rap diaspora in North America, including Omar Offendum, Freeway, Ayah and Amir Sulaiman, with "#Jan25" – a reference to both the date the protests began in Egypt, and its prominence as a trending topic on Twitter.


"Ezzai" by one of Egypt's best-known musicians, Mohamed Mounir.

Check out my podcast in which I discuss/play the music that fueled the Arab Uprisings:

Ramzi Salti's Talk: Healing through Lebanese Music (EPIC Fellows, Stanford Global Studies, September 2020)

Watch full talk at This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was pre...