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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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Tunisia: Anis Dridi

22 June 2011

    Musician Anis Dridi comments on music censorship in Tunisia.   This interview with Anis Dridi was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Originally trained as a religious singer, Anis Dridi has since moved on to more unconventional genres such as Arab-African …

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Tunisia: Mehdi R2M

22 June 2011

Musician Mehdi R2M comments on music censorship in Tunisia.   This interview with Mehdi R2M was recorded by Freemuse Officer Martin Buch Larsen in Cairo, Egypt, in June 2011. Deriving from a family of music lovers, Mehdi R2M brings together the best of rap, RnB and Ragga. He is now an …

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Egypt: Musician in the firing line of the Arab Spring

6 April 2011

  His songs were inspired by the experiences he had in the eye of the revolutionary hurricane on Tahrir Square. The events gave Ramy Essam the reputation as one of North Africa’s new musical revolution heroes, and the Western media have proclaimed him to be ‘Egypt’s Bob Dylan’. By Mik …

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Egypt: Protest singer brutally tortured

11 March 2011

Ramy Essam, the creator of the famous ‘#Jan25 Tahrir’ song that was played throughout the Egyptian revolution in February 2011, appeared with severe marks of torture after being detained by security forces, reported Egyptian bloggers via Twitter and Facebook. Below is a translation of Ramy Essam’s testimony which was posted …

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