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Egypt: Stopped performing “in a kind of limbo”

25 January 2012

  The Egyptian band Sandouk Eldonia stopped playing their political songs after the revolution broke out. “Before we have come further in Egypt, we cannot make art,” told lead singer Omar Essam to the Danish newspaper Information. The idea that the word is free now, and that the Middle Eastern …

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Egypt: Ramy Essam

24 November 2011

Ramy Essam comments on music censorship in Egypt.   This interview with Ramy Essam was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 November 2011. 18 days at the Tahrir Square in February 2011 catapulted singer and guitarist Ramy Essam to fame. All of a sudden, he was on CCN, …

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Egypt: Ramy Essam’s concert at Cairo University abrubtly closed

27 October 2011

  On 26 October 2011, Ramy Essam’s concert at the Cairo University Medicine School was abrubtly stopped by the Dean of the university. By Freemuse The concert took place in connection with an opening event for an exhibition entitled ‘Transition stage, police and thieves’, and it included a concert by …

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Freemuse Award 2011

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 …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam

25 October 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 …

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Press release: Freemuse Award winner 2011: Ramy Essam

25 October 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 …

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Freemuse Award 2011

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 …

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Egypt: State broadcaster allegedly banned songs of Hany Shaker

15 August 2011

Two of the famous Egyptian singer Hany Shaker’s latest songs, ‘Eid Wahda’ and ‘Sout El Shohy’, allegedly have been banned from broadcasting by the country’s public service radio and tv channels, reported Ahram Online on 15 August 2011 “In spite of the Egyptian State Television’s dedication to supporting the revolution …

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Egypt: BBC radio interview with singer Ramy Essam

10 August 2011

Listen to BBC’s interview with Ramy Essam, the Egyptian singer-songwriter who became famous for turning protesters chants into catchy songs The 24-year-old singer Ramy Essam was one of the first to stand up on stage on Tahrir Square in January 2011 and directly attack Mr Mubarak, calling the president by …

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