Showing posts with label egypt uprising. Show all posts
Showing posts with label egypt uprising. Show all posts

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.

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Playlist for Arabology Thurs 30 January 2014 4-6pm DJ: Ramzi S.
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

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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:

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...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Anti-Government Song Released by Egyptian Rapper أغنية الثورة..ضد الحكومة

This song titled "Anti-Government" has just been released by Ramy Donjewan, an Egyptian Rapper who dislikes Mubarak's regime. 

You can read the lyrics in the video along with the song.

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...