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The voice of anger .. Songs of the Egyptian revolution from Sheikh Imam to Cairo


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The revolution is not only political and social protests, but also a technical change, which has an impact on the taste of the masses. This is something that we have witnessed very clearly in Egypt. In the crowd, we then watched how the masses turned away from the stars that failed them at the time of the revolution, and carried new stars on their necks.

This artistic effect continued to form and change thereafter, starting with Mubarak's departure, through the military junta, then the Muslim Brotherhood, and finally under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who undoubtedly imposed the most prominent blockade on freedom of expression and opinion in Egypt after the January Revolution.

A long journey then passed the songs of the Egyptian revolution, which began perhaps since the seventies, specifically in the era of Ahmed Fouad Negm and Sheikh Imam, until the sound of "Underground" teams in Tahrir, through the songs of the Ultras youth, to the era of resistance through the "Comics" and popular festivals.

Build your transit time palaces
In the past few weeks, while protesting against the Egyptian authorities' extravagance in building huge presidential palaces and buildings, Egyptians have only found the song Ahmad Fouad Negm and Sheikh Imam, titled "Build Your Palaces", which was written in the 1970s to oppose Sadat's policies. To express the anger of the poor Egyptians, as well as the eroded middle class, over the disbursement of Egyptians' money in what does not matter.

Sheikh Imam's songs and poems of Ahmed Fouad Negm remained particularly present even during the January demonstrations.

Besides the songs of the Imam protest, if we observe the old songs that the Egyptians listened to during this period; we will find only one national song, the song of the artist Shadia "Ya Habibi Ya Masr", which can be considered one of the rare national songs that described Egypt and its land and people without hypocrisy or Hypocrisy of a ruler or a security apparatus.

January and the voice of freedom
Egyptian singer Mohamed Mounir's song "Ezai" may have played an important role in the early days of the January 2011 demonstrations, but the most important turning point came without doubt through the song "Voice of Freedom" written by Amir Eid, and sang with Hani Adel, to announce the defeat of Mubarak and defeat "Generation of Ageds" with him, and with her team "Cairoki" became the voice of the Egyptian revolution.

In the voice of freedom, you feel as soon as you see it that everyone in the field sings, as if the freedom that the Egyptians wrested in January gave them a new voice after they were completely silenced for three decades.

"Cairoki" continued the expression of the voice of the Egyptian revolution throughout the period of the military junta, between songs celebrating the power of the field and the revolution, including the song "Ya al-Midan", and songs express the anger of the revolutionaries of the administrators of the transition, most notably songs "prove your place" And "We are the people".

It was also remarkable that Cairo was not alone in expressing the voice of the revolution. It was accompanied by many who emerged from the womb of the field, for example, the rapper "Zap Tharwat", as well as some Egyptian media, such as "Bassem Youssef" , "Yousry Fouda" and "Bilal Fadl". Thus, "Cairoki" was a special event that was able to mobilize millions in liberation before every Friday.

Ultras and military rule
If Cairoki and Underground teams voiced the voice of the Egyptian revolution on television and in concerts, ultras expressed that voice with their throats at demonstrations.

Ultras songs offer a completely different view of what the Egyptians used to reverence and reverence for rulers.

The most prominent of these was, undoubtedly, the song "Ultras White Knights" entitled "Sun of Freedom", which teaches everyone who participated in an Egyptian demonstration after January 2011 that this song was usually the catalyst for the most enthusiastic times of protest.

We also do not forget the song "Ultras Ahlawy", in which they recounted the story of treachery, which killed 72 Ahlawy fans at Port Said stadium, and called "Our Story", which is the most violent and most visible attack on the rule of the Military Council of Egypt.

All these songs seem to date from an era in which Egyptians revolted against corruption and tyranny, an era whose memories and atmospheres can be easily retrieved by simply listening to them again.

Source: aljazeera

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