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Egypt: Censorship board bans four songs from band’s album

10 August 2017
On 2 July 2017, the Egyptian Censorship Board rejected four songs from being released on Cairokee’s new album without giving the band an official reason.
Photo: Cairokee official photo from their website

 

On 2 July 2017, the Egyptian Censorship Board rejected four songs from being released on Cairokee’s new album “No’ta Beida” (A Drop of White), the band announced in a Facebook statement, adding that no official reasons were given to them about the ban.

The band told Mada Masr that though the album will not be commercially released in its full form, that they would release the full album online.

“I think the censorship authority rejected these songs because they think they are political songs, although they are not,” Cairokee media coordinator Ahmed Medhat told Al-Monitor on 3 August 2017. “The political implications of the songs are not the only reason for the ban. The band has been facing a situation of harassment for several years by preventing the broadcasting of our songs on television and radio; by canceling some of our concerts for security reasons. The ban can also be because of their friendship with some activists and media opponents of the current regime, and our support of the 25 January revolution may be the reason for these constraints.”

Cairokee is a band known for its songs that express the spirit of the 2011 Egyptian revolution, some of which, including “Sout al-Horreya” (The Voice of Freedom), have been used as anthems by protesters, reported BBC Arabic.

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