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Music From Tahrir: Eight Songs of the January 25th Revolution

Music From Tahrir: Eight Songs of the January 25th Revolution
    written by
    Cairo 360

    The past few weeks have been a challenging and inspiring
    time for many of us in Cairo. Many musicians, local and world-renowned, have produced songs inspired by the momentous demonstrations in Tahrir.
    Take a look at our selection of eight great songs, with many more to follow in
    the coming days as we hear that several musicians are back in the studio, putting
    the final touches to their productions.

    ‘Sout Al Horeya’ by Hany Adel, Amir Eid and Hawary on Guitar

    This beautifully shot video features the vocals of Hany Adel
    from Wust El Balad as well as Amir Eid, as they walk through the crowds of
    demonstrators in Tahrir square. Following a simple formula reminiscent of Bob
    Dylan, each shot features different protestors carrying posters of the lyrics as they sing: from the sweet potato seller to the Al Azhar Sheikh and the little girl with her father. The song’s lyrics are poignant and inspiring,
    talking about breaking barriers, using hopes and dreams as ammunition against
    oppression, and the voice of freedom calling on every street in Cairo. This version carries English subtitles.

    ‘Ana Bahebek Ya Belady’ by Aziz El Shaffei and Ramy Gammal

    This heartbreaking song was written for the martyrs of the January 25th revolution. The lyrics are written from the perspective of a fallen
    revolutionary singing to his country and his mother. ‘In my body there is a
    bullet and lead/ Your flag is in my hand…/I die I die for my country to live.’
    The song features photograph stills from the demonstrations, as well
    as a few photographs of those who died in the revolution. Watch the version with English subtitles here.

    ‘#Jan25 Egypt’ by Omar Offendum, The
    Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah, Amir Suleiman

    Using theTwitter hash tag in their song title may be
    indicative of just how powerful a role Twitter had during the revolution, or it
    could just be a typo. This collaborative rap song was inspired by the January
    25th revolution. Backed by a heavy cello, the songs kicks off powerfully, the lyrics and the sincerity of the raping vocals embody the anger and powerful uprising of a people’s movement.  ‘I heard they said the revolution won’t be
    televised/ Al Jazeera proved them wrong/ Twitter has them paralysed/ 80 million
    strong and ain’t no longer going to be terrorised/’ are just a few of the powerful lyrics. 

    ‘Tamam Ya
    by Sabry

    Written and produced by Digla, this song features
    the sincere vocals of Sabry, who sings ‘Yes, sir/ Yes, sir/ You who have shown
    me nothing but torture.’ The video features shots of some of the most powerful
    images seen throughout the demonstrations. Accompanied by a heavy table beat
    and oriental instruments, the song is moving and perfectly symbolic of
    the Egyptian sentiment.

    ’25th Januaryby Ahmed Mekky feat.
    Mohamed Mohsen  

    Egyptian actor Ahmed Mekky raps in honour of the
    demonstrations and Tahrir square, praising it as a place of unity for Muslims and Christians,
    illiterate and intellectuals, rich and poor, where moral principles are at
    their finest and people feel safe together. He warns that demonstrators are
    patient, but if pushed will be a force to reckon with. ‘I don’t want
    humiliation or injustice/I want recognition,’ he raps, as Mohamed Mohsen sings ‘The Egyptian’s dignity is very valuable to him/ He wants his dignity back and to
    end all corruption.’

    Protesters in Tahrir
    Square Break Into Song

    The singer’s identity may be unknown, but anyone who was in Tahrir Square
    over the past few weeks would probably recognise this song, which has been
    viewed over half a million times. Perched on a stage facing the masses of
    demonstrators at night with nothing but a mic and an acoustic guitar, the
    singer made a medley of some of the most popular chants during the
    demonstrations: ‘We are all one hand/And we asked for one thing/ Leave, Leave,
    Leave, Leave/ The people want the downfall of the regime/He leaves/ We’re not

    ‘Alo Magnoon Gedeeda-Midan Tahrir’  by Mado Acoustic Project

    This song plays on the recent Etisalat campaign sung by
    Mohamed Monir among others, with different
    lyrics to match the January 25 revolution. ‘They call him crazy/ He who
    thinks that this country could one day change/ They call him crazy/ He who’s
    been waiting since 1981.’ It’s a sweet and hopeful song that answers to cynics
    and critics of the Tahrir demonstrators.

    Song For Egypt
    by Wyclef Jean

    Debuting his song on the morning of February11, 2011, Wyclef
    Jean sang from his studio to pay tribute to the Egyptian demonstrators. ‘I see
    the people/ Using rocks for weapons/ This is not an
    exodus/ Tell the Pharaoh the people ain’t leaving/ This is more like a genesis/
    We want Freedom.’ He ends his song with an acoustic solo as the screen blends
    with the Egyptian flag and images of the demonstrations.