Freemuse Award 2011


NEWS

25 October 2011


Freemuse:
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011



Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011.

After eight years spent trying to break into the music business, it took less than two weeks for Ramy Essam to turn from a struggling artist into a celebrated “Singer of the Revolution”. His song ‘Irhal’ (‘Leave’) became an anthem of the protesters at Tahrir Square and he is now working on an album of songs inspired by the events at the beginning of the year.

The Freemuse Award Committee stated: “Ramy Essam played an important role during the Egyptian revolution and suffered severe beatings and torture as a consequence. He personifies the powerful role that music played in the Arab Spring.”

Receiving the news in Cairo, Ramy said: “I was extremely happy when I got the news. I really respect this prize because it calls for freedom of expression in music, protecting musicians and advocating free art that is not subjected to any restrictions. At the same time I was proud because I would be able to achieve something for Egypt.”

Marie Korpe, Freemuse Executive Director, said: “Ramy Essam continues a long tradition of protest singers who have become symbols of civil rights movements and through their music express frustrations and hope in song rather than speech. In 2009 Pete Seeger received the Freemuse Award. Like Seeger, Ramy has shown that one musician with a single instrument can make a difference.”

Ramy will receive the Freemuse Award in Stockholm on 21 November 2011 as part of the international conference and concert ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ organised by the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers (SKAP) at Södra Teatern. Read more on right11.se

Freemuse Award
The Freemuse Award is sponsored by the Björn Afzelius International Culture Foundation (BAIK). Björn Afzelius, who died in 1999, was a Swedish rock singer who became a passionate spokesman for suppressed people around the world combining his musical career with political activism.



Ramy Essam, performing at Tahrir Square in Cairo during the demonstrations in January and February 2011


Click to read more about Egypt on freemuse.org
Egypt



The award statuette


Press service: 
Click here for sound files and photos in high resolution


About Ramy Essam
Born in 1987 in Al-Mansoura, one of Egypt’s smaller cities, where he went to school and studied engineering, Ramy Essam self-learned playing the guitar and started to write songs at the age of 17, inspired by young poets like Amgad Qahwagi and Mohamed Bahgat, as well as the poet Ahmed Fouad Negm who spoke up against Mubarak’s regime.

In 2009, Ramy Essam established the folk band Mashakel (‘Problems’), and started to advocate for a life in freedom by illustrating in his songs the simple dailyday problems he was confronted with, along with all Egyptians, under Mubarak’s regime. 

Ramy Essam is currently working on producing an album of songs from Tahrir Square, which he had entitled ‘Al Midan’. The album is scheduled for release in November 2011. 




Ramy Essam

Photo: Issra Wasfy





Freemuse article about Ramy Essam

6 April 2011:
‘Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring’
The events on Tahrir Square gave singer Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, proclaimed to be ‘Egypt’s Bob Dylan’.


Artikel om Ramy Essam på dansk


Media coverage
‘Ramy Essam får pris för soundtracket till den Egypitiska revolutionen’

Bikya Masr – 26 October 2011:

‘Egyptian singer Ramy Essam wins Freemuse award’

PRI’s The World / BBC – 25 October 2011:

‘Ramy Essam Honored with Freemuse Award for Free Musical Expression’

Protest Watch – 25 October 2011:

‘Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011’

In French language

Egypte Solidarité – 22 November 2011:

‘Ramy Essam, manifestant-chanteur de la place Tahrir – Prix international 2011 Freemuse (Musique en liberté)’

In Arabic language

Al Ahram – 27 October 2011:

مطرب الثورة رامي عصام يحصل على جائزة السويد للموسيقى الحرة 2011
[Google Translate]

The Swedish Embassy in Cairo – 26 October 2011:

مطرب الثورة المصرية رامي عصام يحصل

Al Masry Al Youm – 26 October 2011:

Ramy Essam wins the Freemuse Award for 2011

The Egyptian Liberal Channel ON TV – 26 October 2011:

Ramy Essam wins the Freemuse Swedish Award 2011

See 30 more…

In Swedish and Norwegian language

Kongoi Magazine – 28 November 2011:

‘Ramy Essam får Freemuseprisen 2011’

Sveriges Radio – 22 November 2011:

‘Militären är värre än Mubarak’

Swedish Television, SVT – 21 November 2011:

‘Ramy Essam får pris för soundtracket till den Egypitiska revolutionen’

Sveriges Radio P1, Mitt i musiken – 25 October 2011:

‘Freemuse Award 2011 till Ramy Essam’


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Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam
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NEWS

25 October 2011


Freemuse:
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011



Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award. The artist will receive the award at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Monday 21 November 2011.

After eight years spent trying to break into the music business, it took less than two weeks for Ramy Essam to turn from a struggling artist into a celebrated “Singer of the Revolution”. His song ‘Irhal’ (‘Leave’) became an anthem of the protesters at Tahrir Square and he is now working on an album of songs inspired by the events at the beginning of the year.

The Freemuse Award Committee stated: “Ramy Essam played an important role during the Egyptian revolution and suffered severe beatings and torture as a consequence. He personifies the powerful role that music played in the Arab Spring.”

Receiving the news in Cairo, Ramy said: “I was extremely happy when I got the news. I really respect this prize because it calls for freedom of expression in music, protecting musicians and advocating free art that is not subjected to any restrictions. At the same time I was proud because I would be able to achieve something for Egypt.”

Marie Korpe, Freemuse Executive Director, said: “Ramy Essam continues a long tradition of protest singers who have become symbols of civil rights movements and through their music express frustrations and hope in song rather than speech. In 2009 Pete Seeger received the Freemuse Award. Like Seeger, Ramy has shown that one musician with a single instrument can make a difference.”

Ramy will receive the Freemuse Award in Stockholm on 21 November 2011 as part of the international conference and concert ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ organised by the Swedish Society of Popular Music Composers (SKAP) at Södra Teatern. Read more on right11.se

Freemuse Award
The Freemuse Award is sponsored by the Björn Afzelius International Culture Foundation (BAIK). Björn Afzelius, who died in 1999, was a Swedish rock singer who became a passionate spokesman for suppressed people around the world combining his musical career with political activism.



Ramy Essam, performing at Tahrir Square in Cairo during the demonstrations in January and February 2011


Click to read more about Egypt on freemuse.org
Egypt



The award statuette


Press service: 
Click here for sound files and photos in high resolution


About Ramy Essam
Born in 1987 in Al-Mansoura, one of Egypt’s smaller cities, where he went to school and studied engineering, Ramy Essam self-learned playing the guitar and started to write songs at the age of 17, inspired by young poets like Amgad Qahwagi and Mohamed Bahgat, as well as the poet Ahmed Fouad Negm who spoke up against Mubarak’s regime.

In 2009, Ramy Essam established the folk band Mashakel (‘Problems’), and started to advocate for a life in freedom by illustrating in his songs the simple dailyday problems he was confronted with, along with all Egyptians, under Mubarak’s regime. 

Ramy Essam is currently working on producing an album of songs from Tahrir Square, which he had entitled ‘Al Midan’. The album is scheduled for release in November 2011. 




Ramy Essam

Photo: Issra Wasfy





Freemuse article about Ramy Essam

6 April 2011:
‘Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring’
The events on Tahrir Square gave singer Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, proclaimed to be ‘Egypt’s Bob Dylan’.


Artikel om Ramy Essam på dansk


Media coverage
‘Ramy Essam får pris för soundtracket till den Egypitiska revolutionen’

Bikya Masr – 26 October 2011:

‘Egyptian singer Ramy Essam wins Freemuse award’

PRI’s The World / BBC – 25 October 2011:

‘Ramy Essam Honored with Freemuse Award for Free Musical Expression’

Protest Watch – 25 October 2011:

‘Egyptian singer Ramy Essam is Award winner 2011’

In French language

Egypte Solidarité – 22 November 2011:

‘Ramy Essam, manifestant-chanteur de la place Tahrir – Prix international 2011 Freemuse (Musique en liberté)’

In Arabic language

Al Ahram – 27 October 2011:

مطرب الثورة رامي عصام يحصل على جائزة السويد للموسيقى الحرة 2011
[Google Translate]

The Swedish Embassy in Cairo – 26 October 2011:

مطرب الثورة المصرية رامي عصام يحصل

Al Masry Al Youm – 26 October 2011:

Ramy Essam wins the Freemuse Award for 2011

The Egyptian Liberal Channel ON TV – 26 October 2011:

Ramy Essam wins the Freemuse Swedish Award 2011

See 30 more…

In Swedish and Norwegian language

Kongoi Magazine – 28 November 2011:

‘Ramy Essam får Freemuseprisen 2011’

Sveriges Radio – 22 November 2011:

‘Militären är värre än Mubarak’

Swedish Television, SVT – 21 November 2011:

‘Ramy Essam får pris för soundtracket till den Egypitiska revolutionen’

Sveriges Radio P1, Mitt i musiken – 25 October 2011:

‘Freemuse Award 2011 till Ramy Essam’


Latest news on this topic

Google News – continuously updated:

Search: “Ramy Essam” + “Freemuse”




 Place a link to this page on your Facebook profile


Go to top
Related reading on freemuse.org


Freemuse: Manu Chao supports Freemuse campaign
“Freedom of expression is important to anyone and we must fight for it. I am supporting the work of Freemuse and I’m here to help,” says singer Manu Chao
28 August 2012
Ramy Essam
Video interview with singer and composer Ramy Essam from Egypt
24 November 2011
Freemuse Award 2011: Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm
On 21 November 2011 the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam received the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden
21 November 2011
Sweden: The conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’
Questions about censorship and repression are investigated at the international conference ‘Right! Freedom of Music & Speech’ held at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden
02 November 2011
Egypt: Ramy Essam’s concert at Cairo University abrubtly closed
On 26 October 2011, Ramy Essam’s concert at Cairo University was abrubtly stopped by the Dean of the university.
27 October 2011
Freemuse Award 2011
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square will receive the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Sweden
25 October 2011
Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award.
25 October 2011
Egypt: BBC radio interview with singer Ramy Essam
Listen to BBC’s interview with Ramy Essam, the Egyptian singer-songwriter who became famous for turning protesters chants into catchy songs in January 2011
10 August 2011
Egypt: Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring
The events on Tahrir Square gave singer Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, proclaimed to be ‘Egypt’s Bob Dylan’.
06 April 2011
Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured
Ramy Essam, who created a song that was played throughout the Egyptian revolution, appeared with severe marks of torture after being detained by security forces
11 March 2011
Egypt and the Middle East: The musicians are taking incredible risks
“Music has become a potent weapon in the struggles for freedom across the Arab world, but let’s bear in mind that the situation could change for the worse,” writes Mark LeVine
03 March 2011


Go to top
Related reading about previous Freemuse Awards


Freemuse Award 2013: Ørkenfestivalen Festival au Désert
Malis verdensberømte ørkenfestival ‘Festival au Désert’ modtager Freemuse Award 2013
06 February 2013
Lauréat du Freemuse Award 2013 : Festival au Désert – Mali
Le Freemuse Award est attribué à Festival au Désert qui s’efforce de maintenir en vie la musique au Mali
06 February 2013
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Freemuse Award 2013 is given to Festival au Désert, which defends freedom of musical expression in spite of attempts to silence all music in Mali
06 February 2013
Press release: Freemuse Award 2013 to Festival au Désert in Mali
Freemuse Award 2013 is given to Festival au Désert, which defends freedom of musical expression in spite of attempts to silence all music in Mali
06 February 2013
Freemuse hædret med en Danish Music Award 2012
På spillestedet Global fredag den 23. november 2012 modtog Marie Korpe og Ole Reitov på vegne af Freemuse en Danish Music Award i kategorien ‘Specialprisen’.
26 November 2012
Freemuse received a Danish Music Award 2012
At the venue Global in Copenhagen on 23 November 2012 Freemuse received a Danish Music Award in the category ‘Special Achievement’.
26 November 2012
Freemuse received Danish ‘Grammy’ at Danish Music Awards 2012
At the venue Global in Copenhagen on 23 November 2012 Freemuse received a Danish Music Award in the category ‘Special Achievement’.
26 November 2012
Freemuse Award 2011: Ramy Essam honoured in Stockholm
On 21 November 2011 the Egyptian singer Ramy Essam received the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden
21 November 2011
Freemuse Award 2011
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square will receive the Freemuse Award 2011 at a ceremony in Sweden
25 October 2011
Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam
Egyptian singer Ramy Essam, who provided the soundtrack for the Arab Spring at Tahrir Square, is the winner of the 2011 Freemuse Award.
25 October 2011
Cameroon: Lapiro receives award on Music Freedom Day
On Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2011, Freemuse visited Cameroon and handed over a much awaited award to the imprisoned singer Lapiro de Mbanga
09 March 2011
Music Freedom Day: Local ownership creates diversity of innovative events
Music Freedom Day 2011: An exiled DJ returns to Kabul, music is smuggled out from Burma, and Freemuse hands over an award to an imprisoned singer in Cameroon
09 March 2011
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç acquitted
Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç was acquitted this morning from the Diyarbarkir Criminal Court in Turkey
04 November 2010
Turkey: Date of next hearing set in Ferhat Tunç’s case
The date for the next hearing in the case against musician and Freemuse Award winner Ferhat Tunç has been set to 30 September 2010
04 August 2010
Freemuse Award 2010: Winners honoured in London
The joint winners of the Freemuse Award 2010, Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç, gave a short and impressive performance at the award ceremony in London
29 March 2010
Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç
Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat and Turkish-Kurdish singer and activist Ferhat Tunç are the 2010 Freemuse Award Winners. They receive the award at a ceremony in London
22 March 2010
Press release: Freemuse receives international award
The International Music Council (IMC) has awarded Freemuse the IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award for its “courageous global programme”
19 October 2009
Tunisia: Freemuse receives international award
The International Music Council awarded Freemuse the ‘IMC Inaugural Musical Rights Award’ for its “courageous global programme advocating freedom of musical expression”
19 October 2009
Freemuse Award 2009 – en Francais
Freemuse Award va être présenté pour la première fois en connexion avec Music Freedom Day le 3 mars 2009.
11 March 2009
Freemuse Award 2009: video report and interview from Stockholm
Video interview with Tao Rodriquez-Seeger who received the Freemuse Award on his grandfather’s behalf on 3 March 2009
07 March 2009