Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood rapper’s music equipment seized by police

When the police showed up at his studio in Alexandria in October 2013, Abdullah Sharif, a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood party, was not arrested. However the police officers seized his equipment: headphones, a microphone stand, power cables, an amplifier – basically anything that could be used to make music.

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“Here, you can sing with this,” one of the policemen said, laughing as he kicked a microphone across the floor.

Once the enthusiastic voice of the Arab Spring uprisings, rap music now heralds in the angry lyrics of embittered youth the resurgence of old regimes. For Sharif, rap is resistance to the country’s new military-installed government.

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