Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More protest songs from Egypt

Due to the happenings in Tahrir Square, there have been more and more creative musical responses appearing on YouTube. In one song titled “Sout Al Horeya (the sound of freedom)”, by Amir Eid featuring Hany Adel, guitarist Hawary and Sherif Mostafa on keyboards, the lyrics are a call for freedom. "We will re-write history, if you are one of us, join us and don't stop us from fulfilling our dream" they sing.

Moved by the Egyptian uprising, Arab-American and African-American musicians living in different parts of North America teamed up to release “#25”, named after a trending topic on Twitter and referring to the date the protests officially began. The hip hop song is produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, who called out to five vocalists: Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B artist Ayah. Their ambition was to create “a testament to the revolution’s effect on the hearts and minds of today's youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide”.

Keep exploring the music coming from the Egyptian protests here in our blog:

Protests in Cairo keep growing, now with soundtrack
Music in Tahrir Square
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